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RiverArts Clay Studio


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204 High Street  Chestertown, Chestertown 21620

RiverArts’ popular Clay Studio provides equipment and workspace for the membership's many potters, as well as classes from beginning pottery and sculpture to advanced workshops.
Those classes include hand building, throwing on the wheel, raku, and the exploration of different glazing and firing techniques. The staff endeavors to inspire the creative forces in all of us, from beautiful vessels, gracefully formed on the potter’s wheel to imaginative hand-built forms, mosaics, and even porcelain painting. Many short workshops enable even the inexperienced to produce a personal piece of art to show at home or present as a gift. Contact Clay Studio Manager Mike Pugh for additional information.

CLAY STUDIO INSTRUCTORS
The Clay Studio draws from a talented pool of Eastern Shore artists for the majority of our classes. Special workshops by regionally and nationally known ceramics artists are scheduled on a regular basis. Please check the Clay Studio Classes page of the RiverArts Website for current offerings.

Marilee Schumann has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Maryland and taught ceramics at Washington College in Chestertown. Functional and decorative ceramic vessels with contemporary style and elegant glazes are a specialty although her work encompasses cast metal, mixed media constructions and even rustic furniture. She has won awards for her sculpture and created a piece for Kofi Anan in his role as President of the U.N. She is co-owner of the Tree of Life Gallery in Chestertown, MD.

Jessica Coner has studied pottery under Sue Tessum, Marilee Schumann, and Rick Bisgyer. You may have seen her selling her beautiful hand-crafted pieces at the Chestertown Farmers market last summer. Her interests in botanical illustration, life drawing, mixed media, contemporary art, fine metal working, horticultural design and botany inform her studio work. Travels to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Israel have also inspired her. Home again on the Eastern Shore, Jessica is an accomplished potter, as well as a mother, wife, professional landscaper, and nature lover.

Doug Sassi has been a potter since 1962. He has a BS in Art Education and an MFA with a major in Ceramics and a minor in Art History. He has operated his pottery in Still Pond, MD, since 1978. He taught Ceramics and Sculpture in high schools from 1971 until retiring in 2011. He has taught workshops for local organizations in Kent County three times. You can see his work on Facebook (Doug Sassi Pottery) and on Google+. Mr. Sassi makes his own clay and glazes and works primarily on the potters’ wheel. His work is high-fired stoneware and almost entirely functional.He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the subsidiary of the American Crafts Council, American Crafts Enterprises. He has exhibited in prestigious craft markets such as the ACC’s Rhinebeck and Baltimore Winter Market fairs. In 1975 and 1976 he was an artist-in-residence in Pennsylvania public schools. In 1977 he was granted by the National Arts Foundation to host an apprentice for a year in his studio.

Rick Bisgyer developed an appreciation for fine ceramic art in his youth, surrounded by his parents’ collection of contemporary pottery. He finally got his hands in clay at Glen Echo Pottery, a community art studio outside of Washington DC, and it was not long before he built the first pottery wheel at his high school and started teaching his classmates the basics. That love of teaching has carried through his life, earning him a Bachelor of Science in Education at Georgia State University, and teaching positions in a variety of settings. For the past 8 years Rick has been a full time ceramic artist working in porcelain. He has been represented by fine craft galleries across the country and has juried into some of the nation’s most prestigious craft shows. Throughout this time he has continued his commitment to community arts, helping to create and enhance community art organizations, and enjoying the rewards of teaching in them.





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Phone: 443-282-0030

Website: http://chestertownriverarts.net