Stories Behind the Artists
Student and Ceramics Studio Volunteer
How did you first get involved with ASLD and when?
In the early 90s I was doing stained glass. One of the owners of the store where I got my supplies told me about ASLD. I began taking classes at ASLD in ’96.
How has ASLD shaped you as an artist?
It lets me work at my own pace and gives me the freedom to be me. helped me see the world and people in all its beauty.
What faculty members have you taken courses with as ASLD?
I started with Emanuel Martinez, John Lencicki (sp? – maybe Jen or Rachel would know), and Tony Ortega. I started taking ceramics with Cathy Avram, Shelley Schrieber, & Janey Skeer. I also took Bob Smith’s classes when he was a visiting artist – he introduced me to Raku, which I really love the effects of the clear crackle. I’ve enjoyed all of my classes and instructors.
Anything else you want to share with us?
Bob’s daughter Olivia has also been taking classes at ASLD for more than 20 years, since she was about 7 yrso. During Bob’s 24+ years with ASLD he has been a volunteer too. In the 90s he cleaned the Annex building. Over time faculty member & then ceramics studio manager Cathy Avram recognized how helpful and involved Bob was and asked if he would be willing to assist with maintaining ceramics studio. Bob continues to volunteer in the ceramics studios today.