Our Faculty


PHILLIP ALEXANDER (Fiber) studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been working in the fashion industry for more then twenty years, including as a sample-maker, cutter and pattern-maker and, right out of college, creator of his own design firm. His first collection sold to some of New York’s premiere department stores. He has also worked as a senior designer/consultant for major apparel companies, working with head-designers to develop new collections and re-define their brand and learning the business of production and importing. He has also worked as graphic artist, honing his skill around product development and branding. He is now developing his own menswear line. Giving his knowledge back to the community, through teaching and mentoring is a rewarding part of his work; he feels that helping people discover and strengthen their skill around apparel construction, product development and art can enrich their lives.

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 Acting 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.

KAREN BARTONE (Drawing) holds an M.F.A. from Western Connecticut State University and a B.F.A. from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Karen has taught at Eastern Connecticut State University and numerous schools throughout Connecticut. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards. She exhibits nationally.

ADAM BERNARD (Painting) holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He is a painter and also teaches painting, drawing and design at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut.

ERIC BURRIS (Metalsmithing & Jewelry) lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland and participates in regional and national fine craft shows and art festivals. He has also been an educator for several years, teaching at the college level and conducting workshops on the Mokume Gane technique.

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) is a Joomchi artist, freelance writer, and independent curator who shows her works nationally and internationally. She has developed an innovative method for utilizing a traditional Korean method of papermaking called Joomchi into contemporary art form. She holds a B.F.A., Painting from RISD, an M.F.A., Print/Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her works are in the permanent collections of Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston and Museum of Art & Design, NY and Cheongju Craft Museum, Korea.

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.

LINDA EDWARDS (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Weaving) holds an MFA and BFA in metals, and a BS from Kansas State University). She has also taught at Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts Workshop, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, and Kansas State University. She exhibits her work 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.

VIOLA GALETTA (Beading), a native of Budapest Hungary, teaches jewelry making and beading. She is a textile designer by trade, custom designer of sportswear and neckwear; freelance artist; sells unique jewelry.

JUSTIN GERACE (Ceramics) holds a BFA with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and also holds an art education teaching license. He is a potter working predominantly with the wheel making vessels of various forms and scales. He managed Wesleyan Potters in 2008 and 2009, and has exhibited and sold his work nationally. Justin works with Behind the Wheel Pottery llc which he is co-owner and One of Twenty, an artist collective.

ANITA GRIFFITH (Ceramics) holds a BFA from Tulane University. She is a full time potter whose work is exhibited widely throughout the USA. She has studied tile making and the art of azulejo She teaches at “Horizons to Go Southwest” on Native American pottery. She also teaches at Southern Connecticut State University.

TUNG HOANG (Special Interest, Youth Program) Hoang holds an M.F.A from Rochester Institute of Technology in Non-Toxic Printing and minor in Computer Graphic Design. He teaches studio classes and digital media classes at Creative Arts Workshop and Quinnipiac University. Presently he is working on Digital Photography and Computer Animation and Game Development.

JOHN HUCKINS (Blacksmithing) is a New England-based artist who uses the techniques and materials of metalsmithing to make his work. Huckins grew up in rural New Hampshire, moving to Portland, Maine where he received a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Maine College of Art. Huckins is recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz where he received his Masters in Fine Arts. His functional work focuses on the kitchen and the dinner table, specializing in flatware, servingware, pots, pans and all other objects relating to food. Huckins shows his work nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Munich, Germany, New York City, and in galleries across the country.

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.
JAIME KRIKSCIUN (Glass) has been working in the medium of stained glass for over a decade, incorporating tradition with her own experimental style. Having a background and schooling in the arts has contributed to Jaime’s exploratory style, integrating the acts of drawing, painting and sculpture into her stained glass work in an ever evolving, never predictable, body of work which continues to progress over time.

MARCY LA BELLA (Youth Program) is an artist who works in the mediums of sculptural ceramics and metal smithing. She is a youth art instructor for the Middletown School System S.W.A.G. program, the Middlesex County YMCA and is a faculty youth instructor at Wesleyan Potters where she is also a key member in ceramics and metalsmithing. She studied art at Southern Connecticut State University.

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.

SALLY TUCKER LEVY (Youth Program) holds a Master’s of Professional Studies in Special Education from Manhattanville College and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Wittenberg University. Sally has taught Continuing and Special Education courses for over 17 years.

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.

CONSTANCE MANNA (Youth Program) holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Constance has interned at the New Museum, NYC, and the Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC. She has taught art to grades K-12 in Stratford, CT as well as the Woodhouse Academy in Milford, CT.

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.

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.

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. He has taught at Creative Arts Workshop, Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, Horizons and Pratt Institute in NYC. He exhibits and sells internationally.

STASIA PENKOFFLIDBECK (Homeschoolers) 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.

AMY PETERS (Youth Program) studied art history at Bryn Mawr College. She is an author and illustrator who lives in Madison. She teaches at GAC and the Eli Whitney Museum.

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.

SAM SALVATI (Blacksmithing) is a classically trained Blacksmith whose passions cover almost all traditions of working steel including tool making and Bladesmithing. He has a background in architectural iron work building gates, fences, railings, and one of a kind artistic pieces for both indoor and outdoor, private and public clients. He owns his own shop in upstate NY.

CLAUDIA SCHIAVONE (Ceramics) is a longtime pottery apprentice at Guilford Art Center.

NORA SWAN & SAM STONE (Special Interest): After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, Nora spent ten years in Manhattan, making hats and accessories for fashion, theater, dance and film. In her early years as a milliner, she blocked felt and straw hats for couture milliner Lola and spent three years as the “right hand” of the esteemed theatrical milliner Lynne Mackey. She has made hats for Broadway shows such as Our Town, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Anne Frank, and The Lion King among many others.
Sam learned to spin and felt by working with other local fiber artists, and has been honing her felting craft for the last 7 years. Inspired by the colors and textures of the Vermont landscape, she uses various fibers (from wool, to alpaca, to milkweed silk) to create unique materials for hats and fascinators. Since they first started working together in 2010, as Swan & Stone Millinery, their hats have been seen in British Vogue, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Paradise City Magazine, and this holiday season, at the Grand Central Holiday Fair.

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.

JENNIFER WHEELER (Painting and Drawing, Youth Program) holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. She teaches Fine Art Studio courses at University of Connecticut, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Three Rivers Community College, and she exhibits her award-winning paintings nationally.

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.