About the Instructor:
I am a retired educator who has been been working with hardshell gourds for over 25 years. I am driven by the beauty and imperfections of nature. My artistic goal is to create impressionistic representations of nature’s elements. Techniques borrowed from potters, woodcrafters, and blacksmiths result in artistic and sometimes functional art for today’s living.
I have been making things all my life, with much thanks to my parents who had the care to nurture my creativity. I have always been a woodworker and in 2008 I graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Earth Science and a minor in Fine Art Metals. Shortly after I worked for several years at ART Research Enterprises, a fine art foundry in Lancaster, PA. Since then, I’ve made furniture and metal sculptures of my own. I believe in being a good steward of the planet and find it proper to use the values of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” in my artwork; and for that reason, most materials I use are recycled. My work can be seen at the State of the Art Custom Framing and Art Gallery in East Petersburg.
Beth deVitry is a studio artist selling her work at craft fairs and galleries on the east coast. Beth graduated from the Maryland Institute of Art with a degree in Fine Art. After 25 years as a goldsmith for a fine jewelry store, she uses her skills to design her own creations in her home studio. devitrydesigns.com
Working with clay is a way of life. John Hunter has been potting for 53 years and resided in Windhoek, Namibia until August 2021. He now lives in Denver, PA in Lancaster County.
The Hunter’s have been working in Windhoek for 24 years training teachers and in 2005 established a primary school in the township of Katutura where the majority of Blacks live since their forced removal from the center Windhoek in 1960. The school has grown and been very successful. Empty Bowl events at exhibitions of John’s pottery have been useful to promote Community Hope and share the need for quality education. Rather than relying on local potters to donate bowls for events, Hunter has produced over 5000 bowls at his studio. This unique way of forming bowls without a wheel has been a way to train his local apprentices in production pottery giving them skills needed to be successful potters themselves.
After studying at Penland School of Crafts with Cynthia Bringle and other well know potters and ceramic artists such as Toshiko Takaezu, Bruno LaVerdiere, Jane Peiser and others he launched his career at “The Pot Shop” in Venice Beach California where he met master potter Ned Sloane. Bringle’s, Takaezu’s and Sloane’s influence of Asian ceramic style stuck and he developed a love for the simple yet elegant work of Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach that has guided his work until the present day.
While Hunter’s true passion is education and teacher training, working with clay is central to all he does. He has done workshops worldwide with his potter’s wheel, demonstrating throwing, glaze decoration and Sumi-e brushwork for potters in Southern Africa, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and North and South America.
He uses electric, gas and wood-fired kilns to finish his work. In 2017 at the Potter’s Association of Namibia’s Biennale two of his Elephant Mug Sculptures were awarded the Premiere Award and purchased by the Namibian Arts Association for their permanent collection. In 2019 he won the Premier award again, this time for one of his wood-fire tea pots.
After moving to a new studio and home last year Hunter built a 50 cu. ft. wood fired, cross-draft, salt glaze kiln. Hunter plans to publish a guide to Kiln building for the complete idiot soon with detailed instructions of what not to do!
While Hunter’s love of clay and fire provide a baseline for his life and work it is his passion for education that truly inspires him. The opportunity to bring the quality of learning that his own children had into the Damara location at Community Hope School is what drives him. Selling pots in Namibia with its limited population and lack of sophistication for ceramic art as a whole has been a challenge and Hunter packs up most of his pottery for sales in the USA and Europe each year as he and his wife travel and fundraise for the school.
Seth’s jewelry and sculpture career began in his Father’s stained glass studio where he fashioned jewelry and art pieces from scraps of discarded glass. It was also during this period of time that he began to experiment with metalsmithing.
After attending the Savannah College of Art and Design’s BFA program in metals and jewelry I was employed as a silversmithing instructor, a bench jeweler, and studio goldsmith, while building my brand Seth Michael Studio. Additionally I earned a graduate degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I researched and wrote about the therapeutic benefits of metalsmithing. I believe that being a craftsperson and being altruistic are synonymous, and giving back to community is an essential part of mastering a craft.
Seth, his wife Rosa and four cats live in Philadelphia. In 2019 Seth lived in Hong Kong for four months as an artist in residence with Loupe – a design incubation space sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewelry. Seth continues to be inspired by the wildlife, people and experiences of his surroundings.
I am a full-time wood carver from Carlisle Pa. specializing in caricature carving. Always enjoying the humorous side of life, I found Caricature Carving allows me to express this and feel there is no better praise than to see people smiling and watching their expressions while looking at my carvings. In 2015, I was inducted into the Caricature Carvers of America and now the current President. I am a member of the Conewago Carvers – East Berlin Pa, the Lancaster County Wood Carvers – Lancaster Pa, the West Shore Wood Carvers – Mechanicsburg Pa, and the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman. I am fortunate to teach seminars across the country and regularly speak to various groups on the art of Wood Carving.
My experience derives from working in jewelry design and production for over 30 years.
The jewelry pieces involve constructed forms in mixed metals primarily titanium,
assembled in layers, and cold connected with rivets to give the finished piece a three-dimensional
effect. Inspiration draws from nature and technological objects.
I travel extensively throughout the United States demonstrating, showing and selling my work at
exhibitions and art shows such as The ACC Craft Shows, The Chicago Old Town Art
Fair, Longs Park Art and Craft Festival in Lancaster, PA. Recent exhibitions include
Wearable Expressions, CraftForms and The Mesa Art Museum’s Contemporary Crafts
Exhibition. My work has appeared in several publications, such as Making Metal
Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Ford and Rivet, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Ornament Magazine
and Art Jewelry Magazine.
My work has garnered a variety of recognition in 2017: The
Saul Bell Award as a Finalist, Wearable Expressions for Honorable Mention, Krasl Art
on the Bluff, First Place in Category and The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman for The
Resolved Design Award.