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.
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.
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.
Heather Spontak is a ceramic artist from Poughkeepsie, New York. After receiving her BFA from East Tennessee State University, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she is currently a Resident Artist at Odyssey Clayworks. In addition to working with clay, Heather loves to cook, hike, and spend time with her cat Nina.
Karen Roberson Powell received her M.F.A. at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1988 with a concentration in sculpture. She pursued additional training in Italy, Wales, and England. In 1993 she took a year’s leave from her university position to attend the Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop near Cardiff Wales. While there, she was featured on BBC television and radio for her installation at Cardiff Bay for a piece entitled “The Voyage”.
Professionally, she served as an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas At Tyler for ten years. As head of the sculpture program she taught courses in sculpture, life drawing, and bronze casting. She recently retired from teaching sculpture at Warren-Wilson College in Asheville, NC and is now working in her own studio in Marshall.
Her exhibitions have ranged from the U.S. to Wales and Italy and her works have been purchased by collectors in the U.S. in Texas, New York, North Carolina, New Mexico, California, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Internationally, they are in collections in Wales, Canada, England, and Belgium.
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.
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. She 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. Her 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.
Nick Moen started working with clay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a BFA degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. This fall he assisted Matt Kelleher at Penland School of Craft. He is currently making molded vessels with cone 3 earthenware.
Raina Lee Scott earned her degree in marine biology. She has also studied painting, clothing design, pottery, and jewelry at Penland School of Crafts. Four years ago, she opened a Jewelry shop on Etsy and started selling her jewelry. She also opened vintage shop on Etsy a few months later. In just a few years, she got to quit her day job, and is now a full time Etsy seller!
Susannah Zucker is a figurative ceramicist living in Asheville NC. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2006 and her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1994. She lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years and was profoundly influenced by the eclectic and incisive arts culture there.
Susannah is currently exhibiting with the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta GA. Her sculptures have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in California, Georgia, Colorado, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Tacy Apostolik was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree along with an art teaching certification from West Virginia University. She went to Japan to study wood fire ceramics, and spent over 2 years as an apprentice in the village towns of Hagi and Shigaraki. She later moved to Kyoto city where she spent the next 4 years studying at Doshisha University, receiving her MA degree in Japanese Cultural History. Following graduation, she opened a ceramics studio in Kyoto, and for the next 10 years exhibited at professional galleries throughout Japan and the U.S. Tacy currently lives in Weaverville, just a few miles from Asheville, NC.