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 Franks Facebook Page
Matthew Eames is a ceramic artist born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2007 from the University of Hartford and his MFA in 2013 from Wichita State University. Beyond the academic setting, he has held residencies in Arkansas, Colorado and Massachusetts. Through these travels, he has had group and solo exhibitions in galleries around the country. He is currently the Studio Manager at the Carbondale Clay Center.
For more info visit Matthew Eames Website
Born and raised outside of NYC, Sandie graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Fine Art 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 almost 20 years and finds that her most rewarding experience comes from teaching children.
Giana received her BFA in ceramics and has been a ceramic artists 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.
Lisa Ellena makes functional ceramics and sculptural encaustic paintings on clay in her SAW Studio. She also teaches ceramics at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen, Colorado. Lisa relocated to the area in 2010 to participate in the artist-in-residence program at the Carbondale Clay Center. This was after earning her MFA at San Diego State University, and BFA in River Falls, Wisconsin. The pottery and wall work has been shown nationally and most recently in Colorado at the ArtShare Gallery, Aspen Chapel Gallery, the R2 Gallery, and the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Lisa’s work can also be found at the Artique shop located in the Carbondale Council on the Arts & Humanities Launchpad, and the Carbondale Clay Center sales gallery.
For more info visit Lisa Ellena SAW Page
Kaitlyn Getz is an artist living in Carbondale, Colorado and working for artist Allegheny Meadows as well as the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. She holds a BFA from Ohio University and a Post-Baccalaureate from Pennsylvania State University. Before moving to Colorado she was previously 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. She can now be found at the Studio for Arts + Works, inside the Artstream, or out climbing the Rockies.
Traci Wilson is an art teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School. She is originally from the Roaring Fork Valley, and happy to be back working in her hometown. Before going to school for art education, Traci graduated with a degree in anthropology and a degree in ceramics. Gaining knowledge about how important it is for young people to be creative during development, she decided to become and art educator. Traci is looking forward to teaching summer workshops this summer with intent to get young people excited about clay and having summer fun being creative.
Megen is a Colorado native born and raised in the mountains of Frisco. Megen moved to the valley 5 years ago. She started making pottery during summer camps when she was 10 years old and has loved it ever sense. Megen teaches first grade at Sopris Elementary in Glenwood Springs. She loves getting outside to hike, camp, ski and raft.