Marina Kuchinski was born in Latvia and raised in Israel where she earned a BFA in ceramics at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. After moving to the United States, she completed her MFA in ceramics at Penn State University. She has been an active practicing artist and a Professor of Art, teaching ceramics and drawing at the College of DuPage in Illinois.
– John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, 2014
Bela Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and studied at the Fine Arts Schools in Porto and Lisbon, Ar,Co, Lisbon, the Norwich Fine Arts in the UK and The Art Institute of Chicago in the US. She currently lives between Lisbon and Brussels.
She exhibited her work in Chicago’s Ann Nathan Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Lisbon’s Museu do Azulejo (Tile Museum), Museu Anastácio Gonçalves in Lisbon, Palácio da Ajuda, Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo, and also in China and Japan.
– The Collector, 2014
Vitor Reis was born in Angola in 1974 and moved to Portugal at an early age, where he still lives and works. Vitor descends from a family of traditional potters from Caldas da Rainha, the city where he attended the Art College and completed his Fine Arts degree. His artistic journey focused mainly on the sculpture discipline, but recently he discovered the potential of ceramics as a way of expression.
– Perverting tradition, 2012-2014
– Hanging out, 2014
Swiss-born ceramist, Sylvie Godel graduated from Geneva HEAD – Haute Ecole d’art et de design (formerly Haute Ecole d’Arts Appliquées), in 2004. Since 2005, she has been working independently at her workshop in Lausanne, the same town where MUDAC - Musée de Design et d’Arts appliqués Contemporains, has welcomed her artwork.
Sylvie’s porcelain creations have been exhibited in several galleries and design shops in Europe and Asia. She regularly participates in artist residency programs in Japan and China.
– Porcelain works, 2005-2013
Andréa Keys Connell (b. 1980, USA) is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Clay Area in the Department Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was one of the Department’s first Fountainhead Fellows 2010-11. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002, and her MFA from Ohio University in 2009.
– …Gently Down the Stream…, 2012
– The Pursuit of Hercules, 2011
Christine Golden has been creating and teaching art for over 15 years. She has explored many different avenues of art, such as painting, pottery, metal and woodworking; but her primary focus has been the human form sculpted in clay.
Christine attained her BFA at the University of Utah, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In 2010 she received her MFA from Indiana University where she also became an Associate professor and received several awards.
– You, Me, This and That, 2011-2014
– When We Are Kids, 2012-2013
Undine Brod (b. 1974) spent equal amounts of time growing-up in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City. She earned an MFA from The Ohio State University in 2011 and both a BFA in Ceramics and a BA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Washington in 1998.
She has received several grants and awards in recognition of her artwork including the top honor and award chosen by the prominent curator Christopher Bedford for work in the Ohio Art League Annual Fall Juried Exhibition and an Merit Award given by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio for her work in the 19th National Ceramics Competition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
– Trophy Heads, 2012
Jamie Bates Slone is a ceramic artist known for her figurative work in clay paired with with projected imagery as surface, as well as her experimental work in the casting of ceramic glazes. Her most recent work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in the midst of illness and loss in relation to her family’s history with cancer.
– Phenotypes, 2014
Constance McBride draws her inspiration from nature, dreams, family and personal experiences.
Art critic Brian Sherwin commented on her sculptures, remarking, “McBride’s sculptures remind us of the connection we share with nature. One could suggest that said connection has been distorted by technological advances - but it still exists. We need to ‘listen’ now more than ever." Sherwin adds, "McBride’s work allows viewers to reflect on that connection - her work invites viewers to think beyond human-made constructs.”
– The Lonely Girls, 2013
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Brett Freund has studied and traveled in a variety of areas in the United States. After a residency at St. Petersburg Clay Company in Florida Brett received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and later was awarded the Lormina Salter Fellowship from Baltimore Clayworks. He exhibits nationally and was chosen as 2012 Emergency Artist by Ceramics Monthly.
– Bliss Point, 2013-2014
Sarah Purvey gained both her BA and MA qualifications at Bath Spa some twenty years apart receiving her MA in ceramics in 2009.
Sarah’s ceramic Landscape Series have been exhibited nationally and internationally including private collections in Tokyo and New York. Her ceramic work also forms part of the Bath Spa University collection at Corsham Court.
– Landscape Series, 2010-2014
Susan Phillips (b. 1978) studied a BA (hons) in studio ceramics at Falmouth College of Arts between 1996-1999. She is now based in rural Herefordshire where she lives with her partner and 2 children on the Welsh/English border.
– Untitled, 2013
Born in New York City Kevork Cholakian attended classes at the Art Students League and the Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art before earning a Bachelor of fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
After graduation he began working in broadcast television as a graphic designer and later moved to Los Angeles to take a senior design director position in that field. After leaving television in 2010 to pursue his art fulltime Kevork also developed an interest in ceramics. His work focuses on sculpture related to his still life painting.
– Artist’s Studio Chairs, 2012-2013
Eszter Imre was born in 1985 in Hungary. Growing up in a historical town in the heart of Hungary she discovered her great interest towards the arts and crafts and started her artistic education at the age of 14.
Getting to know ceramics during the high school years had significant influence on Eszter and she have been working with clay ever since. She earned her Master in fine arts (2010) and an MFA degree in design (2014) from the School of Design and Crafts (HDK, University of Gothenburg), Sweden.
– Must-produced, 2012
Güliz Korkmaz Tirkeş (b. 1976, Turkey) has been working at METU Faculty of Architecture, Ankara, since 2000 and practicing ceramics since 2005 at Ödül Işıtman’s ceramics studio at the same faculty.
She completed her graduate studies in 2002 at Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, and received her PhD from METU Faculty of Architecture, in 2007.
– Flow Series, 2010-2013