Deborah Adornato is from Atlanta where she has worked as a studio potter for over 30 years. Her education in ceramics includes the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Penland School, and a 2 year apprenticeship at Wildcat Creek Potter in N C. After establishing her studio, Atlanta Street Potter in Roswell, GA., she was instrumental in designing a clay program for the city. She has been an instructor at both Roswell Clay West and in her own studio for over 20 years. Deborah’s pots are primarily wheel thrown and reflect her passion for craftsmanship and a love of surface design and texture. Her current work, porcelain and stoneware fired in reduction and soda atmospheres, contain images relating to birds and migration.
Eric Olson‘s career in clay began after taking a five session introduction to wheel throwing course through the University of Wisconsin Craftshop. While running his greenhouse business, he was able to spend off hours playing and experimenting with clay. Six months after that first class, he sold the greenhouse operation and started making pottery full-time
Through more than 26 years of working with clay he has refined and broadened his skills as a ceramic artist, and developed a method of teaching those skills that is easy and fun to learn. Eric has taught students of all ages and skill levels at studios in Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and Montreal.
Jennifer Kaplan earned their MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in ceramics. They have taught a variety of ceramic courses ranging from glaze chemistry, wheel throwing and altering, urban gardening, and workshops for adults and young people.
As an art-science-activist, Jennifer believes in nurturing relationships between human and nonhuman living organisms. Their work can be found throughout the states, and they have attended interdisciplinary residencies in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Mark Walnock graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with honors, in ceramics. He has worked as an instructor and studio manager for various arts organizations including Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Thompson Park Craft Center, Burlington County Community College, and the non-profit center Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in N.J. Mark has been an artist in residence at the Long Beach Island Foundation as well as the Vermont Studio Center. He has exhibited his work nationwide and at invitational shows in London and Japan.
Michael Blair worked as a studio potter and teacher for ten years after earning an MFA in Ceramics from University of Georgia. From 1980-84 he was the head of the ceramics department at the Evanston Art Center in Illinois. He was one of the first artists in residence at the PBC School of the Arts and worked for 13 years as prop-master at Florida Stage until it closed in 2011.