Randy Bill, BFA VCU
I work with chance. The objects I find, the marks I make, and the happy accidents that occur in process are a direct result of chance encounters. My first love is the creative process, a journey of the mind, a process I have grown to trust. My filter consists of a strong preference for the graphic mark and elegant form with a orientation toward organizing and editing. My explorations have taken me into sculptural constructions I call Stack, SpinOffs, and most recently Call and Response. I go back and forth between sculpture and pottery. This counterpoint of opposites has the effect of cleansing the creative palate and allowing for new influences and inspirations to bubble up.
Jane lives in a state of calculated studenthood. Her formal training is in studio painting and her career was in watercolor portraiture, but her true love is making mudpies in clay. Any day learning to look at something in a new way is a day well spent. Jane is enthusiastic about sharing her skills with others. http://www.angelhart-portraits.com/
Kevin Crowe wood fires Asian-English inspired pots. He has taught workshops throughout the United States and Great Britain focused on wood firing, large-scale throwing and tea bowls. Kevin lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his wife Linda and studio companion/dog Tem. http://www.kevincrowepottery.com/
Becky studied sculpture and ceramics at the College of William and Mary, followed by a two-year pottery apprenticeship in Okinawa, Japan. She teaches pottery in several different settings including Innisfree Village where she works with adults with differing abilities. Becky recently switched to a white stoneware clay effectively brightening her glazes. Becky’s designs are aesthetically pleasing, with the forms reflecting her experience and interest in all things Asian. Lately, she is carving wavelike images on the pottery surfaces expanding the tactile and visual interest of each piece. www.garritypottery.com
Making pottery by hand and exploring the life of the clay is one of the great passions in my life. Since my first time sitting at the potter’s wheel over fifteen years ago, I have felt there is an energy within the clay, yearning to be expressed. Each time I work at the wheel I can feel that spirit and strive to reveal it in my final forms. My focus is on creating ceramics to enhance our everyday rituals. Eating meals together, drinking a cup of tea, or even grabbing that morning cup of coffee, can be transformed from something ordinary into a meaningful experience through the use of beautiful and thoughtfully designed vessels. I create work in stoneware, primarily thrown on the potter’s wheel, seeking to strike a balance between durability and aesthetics. I favor clean lines with minimal surface design and use simple glaze combinations to enhance the forms. Handles and rims enhance functionality by being pleasing to hold and drink from yet they are durable enough to stand up to daily use. Nothing pleases me more than imagining my work bringing a moment of joy into people’s daily lives.
I started my ﬁrst ceramics class at a community college in Iowa and was hooked. I later received my B.F.A. from the University of Miami and then completed my M.F.A. at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. In 2005, my wife and I moved to Afton, set up a studio, built a kiln, and started Jarvis Ceramics. My primary focus has been salt and soda ﬁred functional pottery. While working in my studio over the last two years, my ideas and approach to function and ceramics has started to change. My desire to learn more ceramic techniques and expand my knowledge base has started to lead me down a slightly different path. My notions of what is strictly functional and my relationship with traditional forming techniques are undergoing a gradual process of evolution. I am starting to incorporate slip casting, different glazing patterns, and various hand-building techniques with wheel thrown work. It is definitely an exciting process though it seems very gradual and frustrating at times, like when I ﬁrst started ceramics. www.jarvisceramics.com/
My passion for working in clay took off while I was a Studio Member of the South County Art Association. The opportunity to work and teach in a creative, supportive environment, surrounded by artists for me is the ideal. I received my B.F.A. from Rhode Island College, and studied sculpture in Italy at the Tuscan Renaissance Center. As a member of SCAA and City Clay, I continue to explore the many forms and function of clay. Through teaching, I hope to share and ignite the same passion and excitement in my students that I have for the ceramic form.
I’ve been making pots since 1969, yet the process has never grown old for me. Most of my work is on the wheel. I love altering thrown forms, playing with texture and shape. I fire my work in salt glaze and cone ten reduction. The alchemy of changing soft clay into finished forms continues to enchant me.
I’ve taught clay classes in a variety of settings. I love sharing what I have learned and helping newer potters achieve their goals. I’m delighted to join the roster of teachers at City Clay. After 36 years of making functional pots and teaching classes and workshops in my Nelson County, Virginia studio, we’re moving to Charlottesville. It’s great to join a ready-made clay community.
In a one-woman studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia, I produce a line of functional, wheel-thrown stoneware with some one-of-a-kind, altered pieces. Forms are classical; glazes are reminiscent of surrounding mountains, both in color and design, using rich blues and greens offset by creamy whites. In 2002 I began teaching the ceramics program at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. I added an introductory course in ceramics as adjunct faculty at PVCC in 2009. I find teaching a perfect complement to my personal studio work, as it stimulates and expands my approaches to clay. I’m happy to be a part of City Clay. www.nancyrosspottery.com
Margaret Schermerhorn graduated with a B.A in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. For the first year out of college she taught English at the Korea Ceramic Art High School in Icheon, South Korea, and continues to teach and explore ceramic form and function at City Clay in Charlottesville, Virginia.