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.
Sara Ballek was born and raised in the North West Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. From early on she loved to stay busy exploring the world of art and the endless possibilities in varieties of materials and forms. Sara went on to earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2016. She has an extensive background in drawing and painting and has experience working with other creative 3D material as well. Sara is currently living in Asheville, North Carolina and is a Studio Assistant at Odyssey Clayworks. She works with a number of methods and processes to create functional forms. Between throwing and hand building, she alters each form with pinching the clay while it is still in a malleable state. She likes to break up the piece by applying organic shapes, a spectrum of colors, and various lines to create contrast throughout the piece and a dialogue within the body of work.
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.
Halima Flynt is a lifelong artist and Asheville native. She has been a freelance photographer in the Western North Carolina area since 2009. Halima received her Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art, with a concentration in Photography from University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2015. During her time in the art department at UNCA, Halima fell in love with clay and has enjoyed exploring the medium ever since. Since completing her undergraduate education, she has been working locally in both fields, ceramics and photography. Halima believes that art is a form of communication and that community and collaboration are essential in the process of creation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born in Ukraine (formerly USSR), Leonid Siveriver is a classically trained artist, studying and working in Ukraine, Israel, Italy, Austria and the USA. Leonid graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the renowned Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem Israel. His continuing studies include training at the Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, New Jersey and stone carving in Pietrasanta, Italy. His teaching credentials include; The Lawrenceville School and Mercer County College, both in NJ. The recipient of numerous accolades, Leonid Siveriver has been teaching exhibiting his work for over 30 years. His work can be found in many collections internationally. He makes his home in Weaverville, NC.
Julia Claire Weber received her BFA in ceramics with a minor in Art History from Edinboro University of PA in 2009. She then went on to become Coordinator of the Erie Art Museums ClaySpace in 2011. There she developed programs, managed the studio and taught everyone from at-risk youth to Bhutanese refugees. After 5 years of hard work Julia decided to pass the torch and fulfill a longtime dream of becomming a studio potter. Julia accepted the residency here at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, NC in 2016. Since then she has been mitculously arranging pots in the gallery granting her the title gallery manager. Through the years, Julia has been a technician at several clay studios, assisted various workshops at Arrowmont and Penland, and has exhibited worked nationally and internationally in several shows.