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Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He currently teaches ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have recently built a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, 1992–2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.


Ron Meyers is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, where he taught for over 20 years. He received his BS and MS degrees in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, and received his MFA degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He presently resides in Athens, GA, where he maintains his studio. He exhibits nationally and presents workshops and lectures throughout the US.


Donovan Palmquist founded Master Kiln Builders in 1996. He built his first kiln while a college student in Wisconsin, and has since built over 200 kilns. More than 40 of those have been custom-designed soda kilns. He has led workshops in both kiln building and pottery making throughout the US.


Akio Takamori was born in Nobeoka, Kyushu Island, Japan, in 1950. He attended Musashino Art College, Tokyo, Japan, and apprenticed at a traditional domestic production potter in Koishiwara, Japan. Takamori moved to the United States in 1974 to enroll in the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned a BFA degree in ceramics. He received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Takamori has been an Associate Professor of Art in Ceramics at the University of Washington since 1993. He lives in Seattle, Washington, where he maintains a studio.


Patti Warashina earned both her BFA and MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Presently she is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington after 30 years of teaching.

Warashina’s awards include, “Fellow” in the American Craft Council; two NEA Grants; a “Lifetime Achievement Award–Women of the Year–2001” given by Artist Trust in Seattle; and a “Distinguished Alumnus Award–2003” from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has been given travel grants and invitations by the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean governments to participate in their cultural exchange programs. Warashina has been granted awards from King County and Seattle Arts Commission, and received a commendation from the Governor of Washington State.

Her public collections include works in the Smithsonian, Washington, DC; the American Craft Museum in NYC; the Mint Museum; the Los Angeles County Art Museum; the Detroit, Seattle, and Tacoma art museums; as well as international museums including the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Australia’s Perth Cultural Center; and Korea’s Inchon World Ceramic Center.

Kurt Weiser was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1950. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned his BFA, and at the University of Michigan, where he was granted his MFA. He was the Director of the Archie Bray Foundation from 1977 until 1989, when he began teaching at Arizona State University, where he is now a Regents Professor.

Weiser has twice received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work has been published in over 35 books on art and ceramics. He has exhibited extensively since 1982 with the Garth Clark Gallery in New York, Los Angeles and Kansas City, MO, as well as with the Frank Lloyd Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. His work is in many collections, including: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan; the National Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.