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 inviting new influences and inspiration. www.randybill.com
I began learning the wonders of working with clay back in August 2013 when I felt I not only wanted but needed to begin making vases of my own. I am a Master Instructor at the Sangetsu School of Flower Arranging called Ikebana (Japanese for "the art of arranging flowers.") I have been a member of City Clay since January 2017 and I specialize in making unique vases! When I start making a new vase, I visualize a branch, a flower, and lush greens that it will someday hold. Learning to work with different clay bodies and several glazes combinations is surprisingly rewarding. Seeing my students and members at the Ikebana of Richmond as well as the Ikebana International, in Washington,D,C., using vases that I created makes me so happy! firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Gleeson, BFA Alfred University
Angela Gleeson has been working with clay for more than two decades and teaching ceramic arts in Charlottesville, VA since 2005. Born in the late 70’s, she spent her childhood in the Bronx and Mount Vernon, NY. Her family moved up the Hudson River to Newburgh, NY giving her the opportunity to focus on the arts in high school and develop skills that would eventually lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 2002.
Angela is currently enrolled at Hood College in Fredrick, Maryland and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Ceramics Arts. She was awarded the Ceramic Arts and Technology Graduate Scholarship in 2016 and is scheduled to graduate Spring 2019. www.angelagleeson.com
Julie Madden, MFA
Julie Madden is new to Charlottesville and will begin teaching at City Clay this summer (2018). She has taught for thirty years at various universities including: Univ. Toledo, Bowling Green State U and MIssissippi State U. She was an Artist in Residence at the Catherine Mitchell Arts Center at Waiheke Island in New Zealand where she taught all levels of ceramics, and she was the Resident Designer for Factory Ceramics also at Waiheke Island. Julie has taught in many venues from community colleges to the Toledo Museum of Art. Her work has been in both international and National shows as well as in many private collections. Just to keep things in balance, Julie occasionally performs in open mic comedy clubs! She will be teaching Wheel Throwing for the Hopelessly Inept, and Introduction to Clay; both classes begin the week of June 18. You can see both under classes in the pull down menu on the home page.
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
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.