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.

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Elina Jurado

Elina Esther Jurado is a working artist from Miami, Florida. She received her BFA in Ceramics in 2013 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has led her to intern with several studios in Kansas City and Miami, as well as being honored the Partnership Scholarship to attend a summer workshop at the Penland School of Craft in 2012. She was also awarded a scholarship to attend a two week workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in the summer of 2015. Elina has exhibited in multiple shows at the Kansas City Art Institute, and debuted her work in the 2013 December Digital Debut at Red Star Studios. She continued to develop her studio practice as a 2014-2016 resident of the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, CO.

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Collette Spears

Collette Spears was born and raised in Indiana, where she received her BFA in Ceramics and BA in Psychology from Ball State University in 2014. She worked as an educational assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and has assisted renowned kiln builder Ted Neal with kilns for various clay studios in Indiana, Kentucky, California, and British Columbia. Collette has exhibited nationally and is the recipient of four NICHE Awards. She completed a one-year residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and is currently a Resident Artist at Carbondale Clay Center.

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Matthew Eames

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.

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Sandie Gardner

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 Carbodnale Clay Center for almost 20 years and finds that her most rewarding experience comes from teaching children. 

David Goin, Enigma.

After a long crazy zig zag slog of studying across the country, Africa, & Central America -psych, sociology, communication, ecology, natural history, linguistics, woodworking, permaculture, horse training, photography, and cultural anthropology- and a BA from Antioch University in San Francisco, he focused in on anthropology and photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, luckily, both top US programs.  A good way through an anthropology master’s degree and portfolio in fine art photography, he accidentally took a ceramics course at a community college, and accidentally liked it a lot. (He wasn’t sure which was the bigger lure, though, the long wonderful motorcycle commute into the Tucson desert to the remote school or the ceramics.)    It wasn’t the ceramics that exclusively caught his attention, it was the 3-D art; and what you could say with such a ridiculously beautiful and manipulatable material. And learning to speak without all our common natty words was way too intriguing and daunting to consider quitting it. (Clay is the grand chameleon; it can be simply gorgeous or camouflage the ugliest or meanest of things. Confusing the viewer at times is useful.)   Because he loved to focus, and because art was such an interesting alternate way to explore language and culture, he left anthropology to get his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Like everything for him, he was a little too restless to be solely in one department so straddled both ceramic and sculpture departments; two sets of professors, two sets of critiques, and a very wide open approach to art making. ETC


Annie Brooks

      As a cancer survivor, Annie Brooks believes each new day is a bonus given to her. Her passionate embrace of life is apparent in the vibrant hues and bold, yet delicate patterns of her work. Annie's creations channel her love of the natural world, in particular the wide expanses of sky and wild crags of the Colorado mountains and display her interests in ancient civilizations and Asian cultures. Her memorial urns for humans and pets honor the process of life by providing a vessel through which those left behind may celebrate the unique souls of their loved ones.

     Annie began what she describes as her "love affair" with clay in 1968 at the age of 17, and she still loves the feel of clay between he fingers. On a trip to Estes Park, Colorado, in 1973, Annie felt she had come home for the first time. In 1975 she moved to Colorado, where she still resides with her husband Bob and collie Doc Holliday in the picturesque town of New Castle Colorado on Colorado's Western Slope. In 1999 Annie was awarded a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to Japan to study the work of Soji Hamada, the Japanese potter whose work has deeply influenced her own. Her pottery combines the clean lines and ceremonial styling of traditional Japanese Raku with a playful, colorful sensibility. Annie currently works in glass, stoneware, which she uses in her Raku and horsehair pieces, and porcelain, which she uses to create pieces such as mugs, mixing bowls, and serving platters that are fully functional works of art. All functional work is dishwasher, freezer and ovenproof.

     From prehistoric man's sculptures of fertility goddesses to Greek storage urns to the intricate teapots and cups used in Japanese tea ceremony, potters have long integrated art into the daily activities of their lives, and Annie carries on an artistic tradition as old as humans themselves. Annie believes all humans have an innate need to create and that the media that best allows us to express ourselves will choose us, just as pottery did for her when she was 17. As potter's have done for centuries before her, Annie's work allows art to be part of our lives, inspiring us to also express ourselves through art.

Giana Grossman


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.  

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Elliot Marquet

Originally from Ohio, Elliot received his BFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 2008. He then extended his ceramic studies at the University of Florida in 2009 with a post-baccalaureate certificate. After Florida, Elliot received a residency position at the Carbondale Clay Center for 2 years and now continues his ceramic work at SAW in Carbondale.

Lisa Ellena

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.

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