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Chris AntemannChris Antemann received her BFA in painting and ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. She has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation; the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, sponsored by the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Grant; the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and the Art/Industry Program at the John Michael Kohler Factory in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Antemann is currently the Artist Coordinator for the LH Project, a new residency program for the ceramic arts in Joseph, Oregon.

Bruce CochraneBruce Cochrane was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In 1972 he received a BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, followed by an MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Since 1979 he has taught in the ceramics program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, and has conducted workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His work has been exhibited in over 300 exhibitions and is in such notable collections as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto.

Bernadette CurranBernadette Curran is a studio potter in Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from Pennsylvania State University and a MFA in Ceramics at Ohio State University. She has been awarded fellowships from Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland; Chester Springs Studio in Chester Spring, Pennsylvania, and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She has exhibited widely and has given workshops at many schools and art centers around the country, and is currently teaching drawing and ceramics in the Philadelphia area.





Gerit GrimmGerit Grimm grew up in Germany, where she trained and worked as a production potter. She holds an Art and Design Diploma from Burg Giebichenstein in Germany, an MA from University of Michigan and an MFA from the Alfred University in New York. She has taught at Montana State University in Bozeman and has been an artist in residence at McColl Center for Visual Art, North Carolina; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska; John Michael Kohler Factory in Wisconsin, and Archie Bray Foundation. Most recently NET Television created “Fantasia in Clay,” a Nebraska Story about artist Grimm.

George HrycunGeorge Hrycun is a former teacher, current magistrate, draftsman, sculptor, and committed fly fisherman and fly tyer. He received a BS in biology and a BA in sculpture from SUNY at Potsdam, New York, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at the University of Wyoming and Alfred University in New York. Drawing is his current art-making focus. Hrycun has 40 years experience tying flies for fly fishing: he has outfitted and instructed countless enthusiasts and has presented numerous tying workshops. Currently Hrycun is showing with OK Harris Gallery in New York City, has exhibited nationally and is represented in public and private collections.

Tyler LotzTyler Lotz, a fly fisher, sculptor and Associate Professor in Ceramics at Illinois State University, received a BFA from Penn State University and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and at the Watershed Center for Ceramics, and recently taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Lotz has exhibited his work widely and is represented by galleries including the Dubhe Carreño Gallery in Chicago.




Paul Mathieu received an MFA from UCLA in 1987. He has taught ceramics at many colleges and universities and since 1996 he has been teaching at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

His work has been shown internationally and he has received many awards, including most recently the Sadye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and the Governor General Award in Visual Arts in 2007. His work is in numerous private and public collections around the world.

Mathieu’s texts have been published by Studio Potter, Ceramics: Art and Perception, La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre in France, Keramieki Techni in Greece, as well as Espace magazine, Artichoke and Contact in Canada. He is the author of a book “Sexpots: Eroticism in Ceramics”, which features erotic ceramics from the Neolithic to today with an emphasis on the work of 100 contemporary artists from all over the world. He recently completed a new book, an overview of the history of ceramics, with an emphasis on contemporary works. This book, “The Art of the Future: 14 essays on Ceramics”, is available to read on his web site at

Andrew MartinAndrew Martin currently lives in the Netherlands and earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Alfred University in New York. He has been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, Arts-Industry Program at the Kohler Company, and was awarded two Artist Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught over 70 workshops across the US and Canada, exhibited nationally and internationally, written essays and articles for American Ceramics and Ceramics Monthly. He has been a moderator, demonstrator, and presenter at the annual conference of The National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and “Utilitarian Clay–Celebrate the Object” at Arrowmont School of Crafts. His book, “The Essential Guide to Mold Making and Slip Casting” has become the standard text on the subject. The revised and expanded edition of this book, published by Lark Books, was released in March 2007.

Jeff OestreichJeff Oestreich received his BA from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota. His formal education was followed up with an apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St Ives, England, from 1969–1971. Throughout the 1980s he taught at universities around the U.S., and has since returned to full-time studio work in Taylor Falls, Minnesota, where he has lived for the past 35 years. He continues to exhibit and teach short-term classes both here and abroad.





Mark PharisMark Pharis studied at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In the summer of 1973 he set up a pottery studio in a rural area outside of Houston, Minnesota, where he produced work until 1989. In 1985 he began teaching in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and served as the Chair of the department from 1998–2004. Pharis has exhibited and taught workshops around the country, and his work can be found in many private and public collections.





Jason WalkerJason Walker grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, and received a BFA from Utah State University and a MFA from Penn State University. He currently resides in Bellingham, Washington, and works as a studio artist. In 2001–03 he spent two years as a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was the recipient of the Taunt Fellowship award. His artwork has been shown nationally and internationally and is part of many private and museum collections.