Stories Behind the Artists
Ceramics Faculty & Studio Manager
After 9 years as the Ceramics Studio Manager and 15 years as a faculty member, Shelley is moving on from ASLD at the end of April 2021. We are so grateful for all she has brought to ASLD and can’t wait to see what she brings to her next endeavor!
How did you first get involved with ASLD and when?
I took classes at ASLD long before I started working here as a ceramics instructor and studio manager. I also participated in the Summer Art Market several times, through heat, downpours and funnel clouds nearby. Not really sure of the dates, but my first class was at least 20 years ago.
How has ASLD shaped you as an artist?
It has shaped me more as a person and instructor. I have learned through years of practice how to clearly explain technique, read what students need from me and how they learn, and how to encourage them to improve their skills and ways of seeing. Clay teaches life lessons in addition to technique and artistry and I feel I have been a part of promoting all of those aspects of being an artist with my students.
What faculty members have you taken courses with as ASLD?
I took drawing classes from John Lenciki and Jim Valone many years ago. I took a stone carving workshop from Kathy Caricof and have taken several of the marketing class offerings. In my role as studio manager, I organized and attended many of the ceramics visiting artist workshops.
What do you like about the ASLD community?
What I’ve always said is that the strength of the League is in its approach to learning from professional working artists. It is a unique opportunity for all to be exposed to artists who are living and breathing art. What intrigues me is our students’ personal backgrounds. They come from all professions and walks of life, which I have discovered over years of connection, is fascinating and has created friendships outside of the classroom environment.
Anything else you want to share with us?
As I end my role as ceramics studio manager and instructor at ASLD and move on to a new studio project, I want to thank everyone for what I’ve learned here. It has been quite a ride! I feel I have contributed to the ceramics program in a positive way as I helped it grow during my tenure. My hope is that it continues to prosper.