OUR TEACHERS

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Giana Grossman

Giana received her BFA in ceramics and has been a ceramic artist for 25 years, specializing in teaching students with special needs. Originally from New York, Giana is currently a studio artist and teacher at the Carbondale Clay Center.

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Kaitlyn Getz

Kaitlyn Getz is an artist living in Carbondale, Colorado. While in residency at the Carbondale Clay Center she is also the ceramics and printmaking technician for Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. She holds a BFA from Ohio University and a Post-Baccalaureate from Pennsylvania State University. She has previously been an assistant to artist Alleghany Meadows as well as worked with the Artstream Nomadic Gallery and Harvey Preston Gallery (previously Harvey/Meadows). Before moving to Colorado she was a Program Assistant at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine as well as an Educational Assistant at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and can be found numerous collections.

For more info visit Kaitlyn’s Artstream Page.

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Lisa Ellena

Lisa Ellena is a Colorado native, and first became obsessed with ceramics when she began taking clay classes at Front Range Community College in the 90’s. From there she went on to study art at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls where she completed a BFA, then later at San Diego State University where she earned a MFA degree in ceramics. In 2010 Lisa moved back to Colorado to participate in the artist-in-residence program at the Carbondale Clay Center. She maintains her studio practice at S.A.W. (Studio for Arts and Works) where she continues to make pots and sculptural paintings on clay. Lisa teaches ceramics at both the C.C.C. and Colorado Mountain College’s Aspen campus. The joys of supporting students in their explorations of clay, both on and off the wheel, keeps her coming back to the classroom.

For more info visit Lisa Ellena SAW Page

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HP Bloomer

HP Bloomer attended the University of North Texas where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2007 and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2011. His work focuses on highly decorated utilitarian forms which draw inspiration from his interest in architecture, 20th and 21st century painters and designers, fashion, and nature. His most recent work explores flora and narrative through the use of abstracted patterning to highlight indigenous and native plant life. He has been an Artist in Residence at The Carbondale Clay Center, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen Colorado.

For more info visit HP’s Website.

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Steven Colby


& Kendra Sparks

Steven Colby is a studio potter & educator living in beautiful Carbondale, Colorado. Present with a reverence for the past, Steven works to push forward clay traditions in the studio and in the classroom. Steven received his MFA from Penn State University in 2012 and his BFA from Alfred University in 1999. He has been an artist in residence at Baltimore Clayworks, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Carbondale Clay Center, Archie Bray Foundation & recently returned from the Mendocino Art Center.

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Frank McGuirk

Frank McGuirk is a full time studio potter. He completed the full undergraduate curriculum in Ceramics at Colorado State University and worked as a potter in the 1970s. Frank then went on to earn a PhD in psychology in 1974. In 2006, he realized a long held ambition by returning to ceramic work full-time. He makes hundreds of utilitarian pots each year. Many of McGuirk’s recent works are in private and corporate collections. He also has shown in Colorado galleries and in numerous shows and exhibitions. McGuirk’s ceramic pieces are functional and architectural. Most of his work is wheel thrown with some hand building and a mix of surface treatments. Frank has also taught ceramics classes over the past several years.

For more info visit Frank’s Facebook Page.

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Just Emerson & Jen Arnold

Jennifer Arnold was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She received her BFA in ceramics from Penn State and her MFA in ceramics from Alfred University. Jennifer has been traveling almost non stop since graduating in 2014, teaching, participating in residencies and starting her own business. She currently resides in Carbondale ,Colorado making work at SAW studios.

Name: Just Emerson
Previous name: John Emerson
Same art, different name.

For more info visit Jen’s Website & Just’s Website.
Follow them on Instagram @booandfinni & @jenarnold.xoxo

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Matthew Eames

Matthew Eames is a ceramic artist born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2007, he received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Hartford. After graduating, he took a residency position at the Worcester Center for Crafts and a year later he began working as a Studio Resident Technician. Matthew then attended a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Arkansas and went on to earn his MFA in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 2013. After graduate school, he moved to the Aspen Valley for the Carbondale Clay Center’s Residency, which transitioned into a full time position as the Studio and Gallery Manager. Matthew has had the privilege of exhibiting in many national shows, including a solo exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas, and an installation for NCECA’s Project Space at the 2017 conference.

For more info visit Matthew’s Website.

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Sandie Gardner

Born and raised outside of NYC, Sandie graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley with her husband in 1997, Sandie taught ceramic classes to adults with challenges. Sandie has been teaching with the Carbondale Clay Center for more than 20 years and finds that her most rewarding experience comes from teaching children.

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Savanna LaBauve

Savanna LaBauve is an artist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who recently earned BFA from Louisiana State University, concentrating in ceramics and painting. Growing up in her parents’ retail store, Lezárd Rouge, Savanna was always surrounded by artists and their creative endeavors. During undergrad at LSU, Savanna sought out unique opportunities to grow both professionally and as a student of the arts. This included pursuing the Printmaking in Florence program where she spent one month studying printmaking with LSU faculty. Furthermore, she was accepted into the National Student Exchange Program which took her to University of Hawaii for one year. Balancing academia with community based learning, Savanna sought additional opportunities to learn from practicing artists at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. Savanna is currently a resident at the Carbondale Clay Center, where she continues her investigation into patterned installation ceramic work.

For more info visit Savanna’s Website.

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Jenn Weede

Jenn Weede spent much of her career globetrotting as a fashion editor and adventure travel writer before landing in Colorado where clay grounded her. She has sold her ceramics at boutiques, galleries and studio tours throughout Colorado since 2006. Her love for children includes mentoring, volunteering and fostering children, as well as parenting. Now based in the magical Crystal River Valley, she plays with clay and words and enjoys sharing the power and joy of creating with kids at the Carbondale Clay Center.

For more info visit Jenn’s Website.

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Sarah Meyer

Sarah is an artist from Massachusetts who moved to Carbondale two years ago. She received her BFA in studio art from Wheaton College in 2011 where she concentrated in painting and developed a love for printmaking. She loves working in watercolor and oil and likes to explore themes of light, landscape, and place in an attempt to better understand her connectedness to wherever she is. Sarah is more or less a self-taught ceramicist who has had the opportunity to teach ceramics over the eight years that she has been a high school art teacher. She took a clay workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine as well as some clay courses at Fontbonne University in St. Louis upon graduating from college, both of which sparked her curiosity for the medium. So, while it is not her main medium, Sarah enjoys the opportunities that clay offers her as a teacher. She also enjoys how the three-dimensionality of clay allows her to expand her understanding of the world.

For more info visit Sarah’s Website.

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Matt Johnson

Matt spent his high school years here in Carbondale, which is also when he became enthralled with ceramics. He went on to study Ceramics, Painting and Drawing at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and then returned to the Roaring Fork Valley and was the director of the Woody Creek Ceramics Studio, a non profit with COMPASS and the Community School. After nearly five years teaching wheel throwing and sculpture to ages from Kindergarten through adult, Matt became a teacher at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, where he taught many subjects including arts, woodwork, stone carving, and more academic classes as well. He spent the last three years delving into furniture design with his father, a long time furniture maker and woodcarver. Matt has continued to weave ceramic work into his practice and has done some mixed media projects with wood and clay as well.