Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Instructors

Tyler-James Anderson

Tyler-James Anderson creates functional stoneware and porcelain ceramics that deviate from the standard fare. He is heavily inspired by nature, science, and the art and mythos of other cultures. In his wheel thrown and slip cast ceramics, he implements a wide prismatic color palette as well as slip trailing and heavy alterations to bring his forms to life.

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Anja Bartels

Anja Bartels is a journeyman potter with a passion for wheel thrown porcelain. She moved to her new home in Asheville after completing a traditional apprenticeship under the German guild system. Having grown up on the North Sea is a key inspiration for Anja, and her love for marine life is reflected in her art.

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Becca Floyd

Becca Floyd graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in fine arts in 1994. After graduation, Becca and her husband Michael settled for a time in rural Bryson City and discovered the beauty and diversity of Western North Carolina. In 1997, they moved to the Asheville Area where Becca became a Resident Artist at Odyssey center For Ceramic Arts. North Carolina is a bastion of functional ceramics, and she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best potters in the United States. She continues her relationship with Odyssey Center as a teacher and feels that teaching is an integral part of her growth as a potter and person.

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Paul Gisondo

Paul Gisondo is a lifelong potter and current studio assistant at Odyssey Clayworks. He has given numerous raku firing workshops in the Hudson Valley area of New York State, where he hails from.

 

 


Krista Grecco

Krista Grecco is a ceramic sculptor and Professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work explores ideas of companionship and the seduction of nostalgia fueled by family, friendship, heartache and humiliation.

In 2015, Grecco was awarded the SCAD Presidential Fellowship in 2015 which supported, in part, her solo exhibition Pedigree at Gallerie Maya Guidi during the Parcours Céramique Carougeois biennial in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work is featured in 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, published by Lark Books as well as Ceramics: Art and Perception, American Craft, New Ceramics and Ceramics Monthly magazines. In addition to exhibiting regularly in the U.S. and Europe, her sculptural works can be found in numerous prominent collections in the U.S. and Europe including Ariana Museum of Ceramics and Glass in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Laurie Caffery Harris

Laurie Caffery Harris grew up in Boone, North Carolina, a small college town surrounded by the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains. From a young age she was compelled to work with her hands, watching her mother, a professional painter. On weekends she spent time in the woods with her father, where she learned to identify mountain ranges & types of trees. Encouraged by her creative parents, Laurie grew up passionately exploring different medias, primarily painting + drawing.

It wasn’t until beginning college that Laurie got hooked on working with clay. Four years later, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics at Appalachian State University in May 2014. Currently Laurie is a Studio Assistant at Odyssey Clayworks. Her functional pottery explores finding belonging, and the playful whimsical moments that exist in reality and in our imaginations.

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Alex Irvine

Alex Irvine was born in an old farm house in Southern Maryland. He studied ceramics at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Alex then moved to Asheville, NC to be a resident artist at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. While there, he became a regular instructor teaching facial expressions and plaster mold making. Nearing the end of his residency, he and local artist Kathy Triplett were commissioned to create the mural on the facade of the Odyssey (Alex's profile photo). He then became a member of the Clayspace Cooperative and where he worked on several other public art projects in Asheville: a sculpture kiln for Transformus, the regional Burning Man festival, He and Ian Wilkinson created the largest mural in Asheville at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, Alex is responsible the large tile installation / donor recognition wall in Mission Hospital's visitor lobby, and a giant statue of his dog, Bandit, bought by the Wedge building in Asheville's River Arts District. He has also been working on a book for Lark on sculpting facial expressions due out in 2014.

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Gabriel Kline

Gabriel Kline is a professional potter who has taught ceramics classes for nearly two decades. He is the founder of Odyssey ClayWorks, an educational institution affiliated with Highwater Clays—one of the largest clay and ceramic materials companies in the United States. In addition to running a therapeutic clay program for Veterans, Gabriel also serves as the resident artist program director, fostering connections with university programs and up-and-coming artists from around the world. His work has been featured in numerous publications including 500 Pitchers and The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes.

 


Eric Knoche

Knoche touched clay for the first time ten years ago and has had dirty hands ever since. Originally from Minnesota, Eric studied anthropology in India, poetry in California, taught ceramics at a college in Thailand, and drove a muffin truck in New York City before apprenticing to ceramist Jeff Shapiro. He later completed a short term apprenticeship to Japanese Living National Treasure, Isezaki Jun. In addition to playing with mud, he enjoys hiking, reading and checking the cloud formations for the face of Elvis.

Knoche received his BA degree from the University of Minnesota. He exhibits and teaches internationally. Eric currently works from his studio in Western North Carolina.

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Cayce Kolstad

Cayce Kolstad studied ceramics in Indianapolis at Herron School of Art and Design. After graduating in 2003, he has perused working with clay amongst other skilled trades such as carpentry, tile, concrete and stone work. Kolstad has exhibited in juried and group shows in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina where he is a resident artist at Odyssey Clayworks and passes on his love for clay to his students.

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Cynthia Lee

Cynthia Lee has been working in ceramics for 30 years. She is a self-taught ceramicist with the gracious help of many clay friends. Cynthia was the director of Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts for 5 years. She is currently a full time ceramic artist with a studio at her home in Barnardsville, NC.

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Mac McCusker

Mac McCusker graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia with a BA in Art and went on to teach and manage the Ceramics Department for the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs for several years. They received an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Graduate school enabled Mac to work at other ceramic studios including MudFire, Meadowlark Studios, and Arrowmont. Their work has been in exhibitions nationally. Mac has been teaching workshops and classes at the college level in Savannah at Armstrong State University and Savannah State University before joining the Odyssey as a Resident Artist in 2015.

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Linda McFarling

Linda McFarling lives and works in the beautiful mountains of western NC. Her aim as a functional potter is to make pots that honor the rich traditions of the past, while hopefully adding to them. Linda's pottery is wheel thrown, textured and altered directly on the wheel in an attempt to create strong, quiet, lively organic forms. The textures she uses are drawn from natural objects and the landscape. She aspires to integrate those forms and textures found in nature with the unpredictability of the firing. Linda fires in an atmospheric kiln using salt and soda which allows her to influence the work during the firing which directly influences the final outcome.

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Nick Moen

Nick Moen earned a BFA from Alfred University, focusing on ceramic art, design, and materials science. Moen founded Nick Moen Studios in 2013, initially collaborating with chefs to make custom tableware. In 2016, Moen launched The Bright Angle Handmade Design Studio where he continues to design and produce his own work.

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Molly Morning-glory

Molly Morning-glory learned stiff slab building from Patti Warashina and Lauren Grossman at NCECA in 2016. She’s been working with clay for 28 years and is still learning new things! Her instruction relays this curiosity and enthusiasm for clay to her students, motivating and inspiring them to push their limitations and grow creatively.

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Laura Peery

Laura Peery is a ceramic artist who makes teapots. She exhibits in galleries and museums in the US and abroad. Find her work in permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Fuller Museum of Craft and The Kamm Teapot Foundation.

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Matt Rudloff

Matt Rudloff is currently a studio assistant at Odyssey by way of a move with his wife Amanda from their hometown of Seattle, Washington. He earned a BFA in ceramics from Southern Oregon University located in Ashland, Oregon. Outside of the studio, his interests include adventuring with his wife into the Carolina Mountains, catching baseball games, and hanging with their cat Frankie.