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Dean Adams teaches ceramics and is the foundations coordinator at Montana State University in Bozeman. He has been working with wood-fired kilns since 1984 and was a resident at the Bray in 1995. In 2009, Adams was invited as a visiting artist and traveled to Fuping, China, to create work and fire local wood kilns. He earned his MA and MFA degrees in ceramics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and maintains a studio near Bozeman.

Ted Adler is an assistant professor of art and area head of ceramics media at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  He received his BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in 1993 and his MFA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2002.  Adler has exhibited work across the nation in more than 60 exhibitions, as well as lectured and demonstrated at numerous ceramic centers and universities, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Arrowmont School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Art Center.

Adrian Arleo is a studio artist living in Lolo, Montana. She studied art and anthropology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her sculpture is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea; the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA; Racine Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Microsoft, Seattle, WA; Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Gloria and Sonny Kamm, Los Angeles, CA; Ruth Kohler, Kohler, WI; and Candace Groot, Chicago, IL.

In 1991 and 1992, Arleo received second place and recognition awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and in 1995, she was awarded a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship. Some recent publications she has been featured in include Ceramics Monthly magazine, January 2010; Working Sculptor Feature, Western Art and Architecture, Fall/Winter 2008–09; American Craft Magazine, Dec. ’06/Jan. ’07; 500 Animals in Clay, a book published by Lark Books, 2006; The Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists, a book published by Lark Books, 2005; and Ceramics: Art and Perception, magazine issue #62, 2005.

Photos by of Chris Autio

Julia Galloway is a studio potter, professor, and director of the School of Art at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her pottery has been exhibited across the United States and Canada. She earned her undergraduate degree at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and her graduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been working at cone 6 since 1995.



Richard Shaw was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his BFA in 1965. He completed his MFA at the University of California at Davis in 1968. He began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1966 where he taught for twenty years. He is presently a professor of art at the University of California at Berkeley where he teaches ceramics and drawing.

One of two National Endowment Grants allowed him to explore a photo silkscreen method of reproducing decals and allowed him to work with a professional silkscreen artist, perfecting ceramic transfers.

Shaw has been a resident artist at Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Japan and the Manufacture National de Sevres in Paris, he was elected as a fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1998, and his work is collected in both private and public collections nationally and internationally. Public collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Taiwan; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.