Our Faculty

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NOW TEACHING AT GUILFORD ART CENTER

LEXA McCRADY AXON (Painting and Drawing) holds an MFA from the City University of New York Hunter College, a BFA from Syracuse University School of Art, and studied at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. She is a painter, and recipient of grants from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, New York University-National Endowment for the Arts, and Smith College. She has participated as a performance artist in Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2012 as part of a residency with Michael Clark Co, UK. Her current and past exhibitions include universities, museums and galleries. She owns a collection of Shirret geometric art carpets.

LANETTE BARBER (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Fiber) holds a BFA in Metals from the State University of New York, and a BS in Accounting from Quinnipiac University. She has studied with such artists as Bob Ebendorf, Fred Woell and Jamie Bennett. Her teaching experience includes Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts workshop, and the State of Connecticut Visiting Artist Program. She is the recipient of several awards through the Society of Connecticut Crafts in metals and mixed media. She is the former president of the Society for Connecticut Crafts. Her work has been featured in many gallery shows including NYC SOFA show 6-04 and CHICAGO SOFA 11-04.

TORI BURNHAM (Youth Program) Holds a B.F.A. from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. Tori is currently the resident potter at the Guilford Art Center 2017-18. Her work has been included in numerous exhibits throughout CT.

ELIZABETH CHICHESTER (Youth Program) is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special programs in the Clinton School system and exhibits in the northeast.

ALICE CHITTENDEN (Ceramics, Youth Program) holds a BFA from the University of Hartford and an MALS from Wesleyan University. A potter, she has studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Penland School of Crafts and Alfred University. She maintains her own studio and for the past five years has participated in the Shoreline Arts Trail. Her work is in the collection of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China and private collections in the UK, Australia and the US. She exhibits throughout Connecticut.

JIYOUNG CHUNG (Special Interest) B.F.A., Painting from RISD, and M.F.A., Print/Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art) has had numerous solo shows (31 times) in Korea, U.S.A., Australia, France, Finland, Romania, and UK. In 2010, she curated the Int’l Korean/ American Joomchi show for European Patchwork Meeting in France, later toured in Korea(2010/2011) and in America(2012, 2015). She authored a How-to-Do book titled “Joomchi & Beyond”. In 2012, she was awarded an ‘Award of Excellence’ by American Craft Council/Baltimore show and Adrianna Farrelli Prize, Excellence in Fiber Art’, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. In 2013, she got Silver Prize at The 8th Cheonggju International Craft Competition, Korea. Her works are in the permanent collections of Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston and Museum of Art & Design, NY.

LUCIENNE COIFMAN (Weaving) holds a BS from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She also teaches at CAW and Wesleyan Potters. Coifman has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Coifman exhibits nationally.

ANDREW DAVIS (Sculpture) is a graduate of Brown University and has studied with master craftsman, Giovanni Bedini in Carrara, Italy. He was a student at the Rutland Carving Studio in Vermont.He teaches at Brookfield Craft Center and Snow Farm. Andy has received numerous commissions for his work inlcuding those from Sarah Lawrence College and The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. His work is in a collection of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati Drawings by the artist have been displayed in galleries in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions and shows in Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut and Italy. The Artists sculpture, (Mountain, River, Sea) is on permanent display in the Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta, Italy.

JAN DOYLE (Fiber) Jan Doyle, a retired school teacher, loves photography and quilting. She is very excited that she has been able to combine two passions. Jan is the host of “Wyse Talk,” a community access program taped at Branford Community Television is also uploaded to her You Tube site. Check out her guests and programs.

JUDIANN ECHEZABAL (Fiber) holds an MBA, BS from Kaplan University, Davenport, IA. Judiann teaches in the Department of Fashion Design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY and has also taught at the Savannah College of Art & Design. She has published a book on Modern Sewing Techniques and owns and designs for a children’s wear company as well as a designer of custom luxury wedding gowns.

LINDA EDWARDS (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Weaving) MFA and BFA in metals, and a BS from Kansas State University. She has taught at Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts Workshop, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University and Kansas State University. Represented in an invitational show at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT. and exhibits nationally.

DAVID FRANK (Ceramics) holds a BA from Goddard College and studied at Wesleyan University. He teaches at Creative Arts Workshop and Wesleyan Potters as well as in outreach programs in the Guilford and Madison school systems. He exhibits his work nationally.

LUGH GARDNER (Blacksmithing) Lugh Gardner has been a blacksmith for seven years, with a particular interest in natural and complex forging techniques. Lugh received a welding diploma from Bristol Tech back in 21014.

ANITA GRIFFITH (Ceramics) holds a BFA from Tulane University. She also studied at the New York College of Ceramics, Alfred, and has professional training in industrial design, mold making and slip casting at a pottery studio in, Kyoto, Japan. She is a full time potter and Principal of “It’s Only Mud,” a commercial pottery of her original ceramic objects. Her work has been commissioned and exhibited widely throughout the USA. She teaches at Southern Connecticut State University and Creative Arts Workshop, and has taught at Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, and through the Visiting Artists’ program of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She taught travel workshops on Native American pottery processes in the American Southwest, and Spanish tile-making in Seville. She has also served as juror for local and national arts organizations.

LOUISE HARTER (Ceramics) Louise Harter first learned to make pottery at the Project Community Art Center in Cambridge, Mass. She has taught at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven since 2000 and has lead workshops at schools and art centers around the U.S. Louise maintains a studio in Bethany, CT. Her wood-fired stoneware can be found in kitchens around the country.

JASON HILLEY (Blacksmithing) Jason Hilley is an artist blacksmith based in Willington CT, Jason began blacksmithing in 2002, he is the owner of Walnut Creek Forge where he provides customers with quality fireplace tools, cooking utensils, and hardware. Jason is also a member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America.

SOPHY JOHNSTON (Fiber, Special Interest, Youth Program) Sophy holds a BFA in Art Education from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has exhibited her work in Montreal and Connecticut and has taught art and French to all ages, from preschoolers to retired adults, for eight years. Sophy is currently exploring art making with metal and works at the Guilford Art Center as the afternoon Visitor Service staff person.

RAASHAAD JONES (Youth Program) holds a BFA in Illustration from Montserrat College of Art. Raashaad is an illustrator and concept artist. Spending countless hours drawing wizards, monsters, dragons and other fantastical creatures was a real passion. Eventually, after years of hunching over a sketchbook, he turned his passion into a profession.

NANCY KARPEL (Metalsmithing and Jewelry) holds a BS from Albertus Magnus University and Certification from the PMC Guild. She has been a professional jewelry artist for 32 years. Karpel has exhibited widely, published and has taught classes and workshops at CAW, Guilford Art Center,, Hopkins, SCSU and Albertus Magnus at her studio, N. Karpel Studio, LLC, where she also produces a line of contemporary jewelry.

GRETCHEN KIRCHER (Special Interest) Gretchen Kircher is a mixed media artist and art therapist who has taught art doll classes at therapeutic workshops and conferences nationwide. She has an MA from The George Washington University and a BA from Franklin Pierce College.

MARCY LA BELLA (Beading, Youth Program) Marcy LaBella studied art at SCSU and works in the mediums of mixed media painting, clay and metals. Her work in all three mediums has been included in regional and nationally juried shows. She is a key member of the Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, CT and a member of The Connecticut Women Artists. She is on faculty at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT and at the Guilford Art Center in Guilford, CT She is represented by the Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop and the Shop at Guilford Art Center.

DOLPH LE MOULT (Painting) received his early art training at The University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts, The School of Visual Arts and the Art Student’s league in New York. An illustrator for more than 25 years, Dolph has been commissioned by major editorial and advertising clients throughout the United States and abroad, including AT&T, Anheuser Busch, MasterCard International, and McDonald’s. He has developed a reputation as a decorative illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist.

CHRISTA LORUSSO (Glass, Youth Program) holds a B.A. in Fine Arts specializing in Stained Glass from Franklin Pierce University. Her work has been featured in galleries and shops across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She has taught local glass workshops at The Clay Date and The Glass Source Stained Glass Studios. Christa currently practices in her solar powered barn art studio located in North Haven, and can also be found working at the Guilford Art Center as the morning Visitor Service position.

DEBORAH STAUB LUFT (Ceramics) is a long-time teacher and studio potter specializing in wheel-thrown domestic pottery. She holds an M.S. in Reading /Language Arts from Central Connecticut State University, an M.Ed. from Goucher College, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She also teaches at Wesleyan Potters and Gateway Community College. She has exhibited her work in the American Craft Council shows in Newport and Baltimore, Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo, Wesleyan Potters Holiday Shows, the Philadelphia Craft Show, the New Britain Museum of Art Craft Show, and participated in a show at The Field Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. Her dinnerware has been sold through Lord and Taylor and Henri Bendel. She also teaches developmental reading and writing.

STEPHANIE MADDALENA (Glass) holds a BA from St Thomas Aquinas College. She has conducted workshops at Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art and Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. She has been published in La Vie Claire magazine and sells her work at the Park Avenue Armory in NY and through her website.

DODIE MARCHESE (Painting, Drawing, Youth Program) BFA from Pratt Institute. She studied at the Brooklyn Museum School and the Institute de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Work in collections of Slater Museum, Yale Nursing School and privately owned in USA and Germany. Arts facilitator for Hospice and SARAH, Inc.

CLAUDIA MATHISON (Fiber, Youth Program) holds a BS from Kutztown University in Art Education. She conducts workshops on Early American and Multicultural arts and crafts with Young Audiences of CT and with the Southern Connecticut Library Council traveling to schools, museums and libraries throughout CT. She teaches outreach programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum. She sews one-of-a-kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.

MOLLY McDONALD (Painting) Molly has taught art in the Guilford public school system for thirty six years. She has won national and local awards for her paintings and as an art educator. Her pastels, watercolors and oil paintings have been exhibited in galleries and art exhibits in New England. Many works are in private collections throughout the United States. Her work is currently represented by Cooper and Smith Gallery in Essex, CT.

LEONARD MOSKOWITZ (Painting) holds a B.F.A from the Philadelphia College of Art and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught classes and workshops in Connecticut, Block Island, and Nantucket. Presently he teaches at Quinnipiac University. He has been awarded several artist residencies, such as the Anderson Center in Michigan, the NISDA Foundation on Nantucket, MA, and Weir Farm in Wilton, CT. He has participated in group and solo shows at numerous galleries throughout the U.S. He makes yearly painting trips to Maine, as well as frequent sojourns to the surrounding Connecticut woods to paint the landscape.

SUE MULLANEY (Youth Program) holds a BS from the University of Connecticut in Clothing, Textiles and Design, and an MS from Southern Connecticut State University in Art Education. She has spent 21 years teaching visual arts in both the Cheshire Public Schools, and Benjamin Jepson Magnet School in New Haven. Sue has also taught art in the Excursions in Learning program in Manchester, Adult Education in West Hartford, and at the Russell Library in Middletown. She enjoys working with both children and adults in exploring their creativity.

MATT PARKINSON (Blacksmithing) is a self-taught blacksmith and sword maker. He graduated from the manufacturing technologies program at Vinal R.V.T.S. where he learned forming, machining, fabricating metal, heat treating and metallurgy. His studio, Falling Hammer Productions, produces custom knives and swords, high-end railings, furniture, and hardware.

ROBERT PARROTT (Ceramics) holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire. He has been a full time potter since 1971, working in domestic stoneware and numerous forms of architectural ceramics, and noted for expertise in wheel-thrown functional pottery and innovative ceramic sculptural vessels. He has served as Assistant Director at the Haystack-Hinckley School of Crafts, and has taught at Creative Arts Workshop (where he also served as director of the pottery department), Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, Horizons, Yale, the New Haven Historical Society, and Pratt Institute in NYC. He has served as a juror for numerous national awards and exhibitions and exhibits and sells his work internationally.

SCOTT PATERSON (Painting, Drawing) Scott Paterson has more than 40 years experience as a painter, has shown extensively in Connecticut and California, and has work in many private collections. He has taught art in a variety of venues and has a wide range of knowledge about painting styles and technique.

STASIA PENKOFFLIDBECK (Homeschoolers, Drawing, Fiber) holds a MS from the University of New Hampshire and a BS from the University of Rhode Island. She also attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received a Certificate of Scientific and Technical Illustration. She has studied pottery for 20 years at Wesleyan Potters and the Guilford Art Center.

JOY RASKIN (Metals) Joy grew up deeply immersed in the arts and in 1984, took jewelry making in high school, starting her career. Joy was one of the youngest craftspeople to be accepted into the League of NH Craftsmen in 1986. After completing a BFA from RISD and a MFA from UMass Dartmouth, focusing on flatware, earning the nickname Spoon Lady. After a short stint as a bench jeweler for several fine jewelry stores, repairing jewelry, she went back to making flatware full-time after winning an Individual Artist Fellowship from the NH Council for the Arts in 1995. Winning the Individual Artist Fellowship gave her the boost to go sell her artwork throughout the US doing fine craft shows. In 1996, she started teaching jewelry making/metalsmithing at a local art college and branched out to teaching all over NH, MA and CT. Since then, she has grown into a creative metalsmith, doing everything from a tiny gold ring to 6 ft welded steel sculptures. She’s also a creative teacher, teaching a broad range of jewelry and silversmithing techniques at various schools in New England, and is in great demand for her skills. These days, she’s working full time as a metalsmith in her studio, teaching metalsmithing and working as a goldsmith for a local gallery.

STEPHEN RODRIGUEZ (Ceramics) studied ceramics at Alfred University under Val Cushing, Robert Turner and Wayne Higby. He has taught at Wesleyan Potters and the 92nd Street Y. He is a founding member of Gallery 12, a cooperative crafts gallery in Guilford. He is the Head of the Pottery Department at CAW and exhibits widely. His work in stoneware and porcelain is inspired by and reflects classic forms in the history of ceramics.

JULIA ROGOFF (Painting) holds a BA from Princeton University and a certificate in Painting and Drawing from the New York Studio School. She has taught at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and art classes privately. She has had numerous recent solo exhibitions in CT and Hawaii. For many years, she was the head draftsman at the San Francisco Opera, and later worked as an interior designer in New York. She also had an earlier professional training in ballet at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet.

CLAUDIA SCHIAVONE (Ceramics) holds a BA in Ceramics from Southern Connecticut State University. She has taught courses in Adult Education, Branford After School Program and at GAC. Claudia has been a long-time studio assistant at GAC and has exhibited in both Oregon and Connecticut.

SHARON SCHMIEDEL (Painting, Drawing, Special Interest) holds a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She works in watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. These works are energetic and expressive; it is the opposite direction from the many years she spent working in technical illustration, medical illustration, and graphic design. Now she is spending much of her time painting, exhibiting her artwork, and teaching.

RENEE SOARES (Youth Program) holds a BA from Brown University in English and Theatre Arts. She is a visual artist who works with polymer clay, glass beads, textiles, and mixed media to create unique, one of a kind, beaded clay masks. Her work has been exhibited at fine art galleries throughout New England and can be found in many public venues and private collections. She has taught creative workshops for the City of Hartford’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the CT Historical Society, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Milford Public Schools and is presently a visiting teaching artist at Oddfellows Theater in Middletown.

CHRISTY STODDARD (Youth Program) Christy Stoddard holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Saint Joseph and is certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time as well as creating various crafts with her own children. She is looking forward to combining her love of art with her passion for working with students with special needs.

MARSHA TRATTNER (Blacksmithing) holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches sculpture and metal working at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She also runs NYC’s only blacksmithing classes through her studio, She-Weld. Marsha and her work have been featured in the New York Times, Real Simple, New York Daily News, Provincetown Arts, and on NY1, among others. Recent commissions include a banister for Designer Cynthia Rowley, litter baskets for the New York City Department of Sanitation, the bread display for Amy’s Bread, and the world’s first solar-powered chandelier, at Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

CHERYL TUTTLE (Youth Program, Beading, Metals) holds an M.S. in Education from St. Joseph University and a B.S. in Applied Art from Charter Oak State College. Cheryl is a certified art education teacher for preK-12 and is a full time high school art teacher. In addition to teaching, Cheryl makes jewelry, pottery and paints.

MACE VITALE (Blacksmithing) is a Bladesmith/Blacksmith as well as a coppersmith. Mace has a background in architectural pre-cast concrete. He is a Journeyman smith with the American Bladesmith Society.

LISA WOLKOW (Ceramics) holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Alfred University. She has taught at RISD, Hartford Art School, Hunter College, Connecticut College, University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College. A recipient of the Connecticut Artist Fellowship recipient in 2002, Wolkow exhibits nationally.