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.
First and foremost, I am a potter. I love sitting at my potter’s wheel and creating. There is a certain peace that in inherent in throwing on the wheel that has captivated me.
Each piece starts as a wheel-thrown form. After the pot has hardened to a leather-hard state, I add slab-built pieces, hand alter, carve, pierce and add to the piece. I rely on my numerous years of graphic design experience to create a fluid movement and flow to the piece. I attempt to put the joy and passion I have for clay in to the each piece and like me the pots are whimsical and often off-center.
To finish the pieces, I use the Raku firing process with a copper mat glaze as a dominate base. I am drawn to this firing technique because of its earthy feel, its immediacy and its serendipitous nature.
Education: B.F.A. in Photography, University of Bridgeport, 1979
I have worked as a Graphic Designer since 1989 until present
Pottery experience. Began at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park Florida. Continued at Valencia Community College. I have taken numerous workshops including, Paul Soldner, Steven Hill, Lana Wilson, Pete Pinell, Ed Risak (whom I learn copper mat Raku from), Peter Voulkos and many more.
I am currently an adjunct professor of ceramics at Valencia College.
I participate in outdoor art festival including: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival; Gasparilla Art Festival in Tampa, FL; Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL: St. James Court, Louisville, KY; Disney’s Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL and more.
I have received numerous awards including, best of show-3D in the Maitland Spring Art Festival (two years in a row), Awards of Excellence / 1st place in Category, at Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Osceola Festival of Arts, Mayfaire By the Lake, Lakeland., Maitland Rotary Fall Art Festival, as well as awards at Ocala Festival of the Art, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL. Gasparilla Art Festival, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Ft. Myers Art Festival and more.
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.