Our Faculty



Fafnir Adamites
Fafnir holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. She teaches at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Women’s Studio Workshop, Springfield College, Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and at The Academy at Charlemont. Adamites has shown her work nationally and has received a number of grants to support her exhibitions and her studio practice. She is a member of the Surface Design Association and Boston Sculptors Gallery. She lives in Turners Falls, MA. www.fafniradamites.com

Greg AmEnde
Greg has been part-time/hobby blacksmith for 14 years. He has taken classes all over New England from some of the top blacksmiths in the US. He has worked as an interpreter blacksmith at numerous museums including working 4 years at Mystic Seaport. Greg works full time as a machining instructor at a Connecticut technical high school.

McCrady Axon
McCrady is a painter whose exhibitions since 1983 have included installation objects. MFA City University of New York in painting, a student of Valerie Jaudon, Robert Morris and the art theorist Rosalind Krauss. Individual artist grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Guild Hall Museum NY.

Shannon Grace Blencowe
Shannon holds a BFA from Montserrat College Of Art. Shannon also studied in Japan at the Niigata College of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards in creative writing and for her art work.

Tori Burnham
Tori 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.

Diane Cadrain
Diane has been sewing all her life. She learned hand embroidery, handloom weaving and spool knitting from her grandmother and machine sewing from her mother. She learned knitting as a law student at Georgetown University Law Center and later, taught herself the art of quilting. Her fiber art work now includes hand-painted fabric, quilting, thread painting, felting, knitted embellishments, hand embroidery, and beading. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and hangs in private collections throughout the country. It has also appeared in publications including Dare to Dance), Herstory , and Sacred Threads 2013, 2015, and 2017. Ms. Cadrain is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Connecticut Women Artists, and Women Against the Grain.

Emiliano Carrillo
Emiliano specializes primarily in Viking Age and Japanese metalworking. He is fascinated by the work ancient people were able to produce with very little, and endeavor to make work that resonates with that spirit. To that end he makes his own steel and iron and reproduces the metallurgical effects that can be seen in historical artifacts. Most everything he makes is based on study of the archaeological record.

Rachelle Castiglione
Rachelle is a teacher and Creator of the Crochet Kids. Consignor and wholesaler to a myriad of CT fine retailers, including the Shop at the Florence Griswold Museum, Soulbury gifts, and Dava Boutique. Rachelle is an artisan vendor at juried art fairs, festivals, craft events, and holiday shows throughout CT.

Betsy Chichester
Betsy is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special programs in the Clinton School system and exhibits in the Northeast.

Alice Chittenden
Alice holds a BFA degree from the University of Hartford and a MALS from Wesleyan University. 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

Sandra Christie
Sandra is a photo restorer (https://thephotorestorationcenter.com), metalsmith and kaleidoscope artist. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied in Paris. Sandra started creating stained glass kaleidoscopes in 1991 and silversmithing in 1998. Her work has evolved through the years as she combined her kaleidoscope glass work with her love of metalsmithing. Her kaleidoscopes are now constructed of silver, brass, copper, nickel and glass. She has taught at Parsons School of Design and the Silvermine Artists Guild and will be offering workshops and classes in kaleidoscope making at the Guilford Art Center in addition to Intro to Etching at the Hudson Valley Silverworks .

Andy Davis
Andy 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 including 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.

Linda Edwards
Linda hold an 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
David 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. Frank exhibits nationally.

Lugh Gardner
Lugh has been a blacksmith for 7 years, with a particular interest in natural and complex forging techniques. Lugh received a welding diploma from Bristol Tech back in 21014.

Aidan Garrity

Justin Gerace
Justin graduated with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2008 receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in ceramics; Justin also received his k-12 art education teaching certificate in 2010, as well as his MFA from Bowling Green State University in 2017. Justin maintains an education license in the state of NH and CT. Justin has been making ceramics for 15 years; he works predominantly with the potter’s wheel making large scale vessels, inspired by classical forms, graffiti, and hip hop, while also exploring numerous decorating techniques and firing processes. Justin co-found Behind the Wheel Pottery LLC in 2008. Justin managed Wesleyan Potters in 2008 and 2009. He continues to instruct at Wesleyan Potters and at Guilford Art Center and has exhibited, conducted lectures, demonstrations, and workshops nationwide.

Bonnie Han
Bonnie holds BS and MS degrees in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She teaches at The Art Cellar and Madison Country Day School. She is a demonstrator the Peabody Museum’s Native American Day.

Louise Harter
Louise 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.

Caryn Hetherston
Caryn has been an art studio metalsmith for 40 years and an educator for 10 years, focusing on functional one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry and small scale sculptures with wearable elements. She received her training at Peters Valley School of Craft and The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. Her work has been published in numerous publications and books.

Sophy Johnston
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.

Gretchen Kircher
Gretchen 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 LaBella
Marcy 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 a teaching artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, and on the faculty at 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.

Derek Leka
Derek lives and works in New Haven CT. He has been painting for 14 years and teaching for 11 years. In 2008 his painting Placid Motion was exhibited at the National Academy Museum’s annual invitational, where he won the Andrew Carnegie award in painting. Derek is a master colorist and in 2018 he published his book about color; Color is Design find your unique color vision, which is available on the iBookstore.

Dolph LeMoult
Dolph 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 Students’s League in New York. An illustrator for more than 25 years, Dolph has been commissioned for major editorial and advertising clients throughout the United States and abroad, including AT&T, Anheuser Busch, Master Card International, and McDonalds. He has developed a reputation as a decorative illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist.

Kristin Liguori
Kristin holds a Master’s in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a BA from Easter Connecticut State University. Kristin is a middle school art teacher at the Walsh Intermediate School in Branford, CT.

Christa Lorusso
Christa 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.

Stephanie Lush-Mastriano
Stephanie studied Fine Arts and Art Education at Manchester Community College, Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. She works and teaches in a variety of mediums and styles including painting, drawing, ceramics, and mixed media. Stephanie has worked at schools, galleries and museums including Hartford Academy of the Arts, MAC650 in Middletown, New Britain Museum of Art, Westport Arts Center, and Darien Art Center.

Stephanie Maddalena
Stephanie 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.

Dolores Marchese
Dodie holds a 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
Claudia hold a BS from Kutztown University in Art Education. Claudia 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. Claudia sews one of a kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.

Sue Mullaney
Sue 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
Matt is a self-taught blacksmith and sword maker; 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.

Scott Paterson
Scott has more than 40 years of 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.

Amy Peters
Amy is an author and illustrator who lives in Madison. She teaches at GAC and the Eli Whitney Museum. She studied art history at Bryn Mawr College.

Connie Pfeiffer
Connie received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate NY and a BA from Southern Connecticut State University. She has extensive teaching experience with a number of schools including Creative Arts Workshop, Wesleyan Potters, Rochester Magnet School of the Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology and the Jewish Community Center. Connie is a sculptor, metalsmith, and installation artist and a co-founder of City Gallery in New Haven. She maintains a studio in East Haddam, CT and exhibits widely.

Jeff Reilly

Claudia Schiavone
Claudia 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.

Harold Shapiro
Harold is a well-known photographer and respected teacher in the New Haven area. He has been a full time professional photographer for nearly 40 years. Also, he is Photo Department Head at The Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, where he has been teaching since 1984. He taught for four years at the University of New Haven and offers special workshops at Milford Photo. For over 30 years he has been photographing for Yale University, where he has the pleasure to work with the Yale Law School, School of Music, School of Medicine, Graduate School or Arts & Sciences, School of Management among other departments. He graduated from The New England School of Photography with Honors in Color & Portraiture. He has been an active volunteer for many years. He received the American Hospital Association Volunteer Award for his work playing music for patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Ginger Calhoun Volunteer Service Award from SARAH – where he helped adults with Down Syndrome explore their world with photography. He also received the Arts Award, given annually by the Arts Council of New Haven and is an Associate Fellow at Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University. He has used photography & music to reach people in need and shares this with many of his students.

Renee Soares
Rene 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.

Deborah Staub Luft
Deborah is a long-time teacher and studio potter specializing in wheel-thrown domestic pottery. She has earned 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, and in addition to GAC, teaches at Wesleyan Potters and Gateway Community College.

Marsha Trattner
Marsha 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
Cheryl holds an M.S. in Education from St. Joseph University and a B.S. in Applied Art from Charter Oak State College. She 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
Mace is a Blade-smith/Blacksmith as well as a copper-smith. Mace has a background in architectural precast concrete. He is a Journeyman smith with the American Blade-smith Society.

Jonathan Weekes
Jonathan is a photographer, silkscreen printer and graphic designer. Following strong interests in both computers and photography Jonathan attended Syracuse University in New York and studied Photojournalism and Photo Illustration at the Newhouse. Jonathan holds a BFA in Art Photography and Graphic Design from Colorado State University. He is an instructional designer, art director and production director of large K-12 educational projects for both print and interactive.

Dmitri Wright
Dmitri was the winner of national scholarship at Cooper Union and the Max Beckman International Scholar Program at Brooklyn Museum Art School, and valedictorian at the Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts major in Painting. He is the Master Artist/Instructor for Weir Farm National Historic Site, the National Park dedicated to American Impressionism. Wright, in the tradition of John Henry Twachtman founder of the Cos Cob Art Colony, is the first artist-in-residence instructing and lecturing at the Greenwich Historic Society, the birthplace of American Impressionism. He also instructs at Silvermine Art School and privately. In the USA and Europe, he gives workshops and museum tours on ‘How to be an Impressionist’ in addition to being a judge for art shows. Wright’s work is housed in hundreds of collections. Museums: National Art Museum of Sport, Newark Museum, Brooklyn Museum. Corporate: Time Warner, Sloan Kettering, AT&T, Wells Fargo Bank, Pitney Bowes, Verizon, Connecticut Water Co. Private collectors throughout New England and East Coast; and International – Japan, Italy, China.

Sarah York
Sarah holds a B.A. from Central Connecticut State University. Sarah’s professional life started off as a high school teacher, but her love for handmade jewelry inspired her to buy her first set of jewelry pliers, and a hidden talent was discovered. Much of her inspiration comes from the fantasy novels she has read. The pieces that she creates speak to an individual and awakens a part of them. Her goal is for everyone to find the unique piece meant only for them and to teach others the beautiful and timeless art of wire wrapping. She has taught wire wrapping at Thistle Beads and Meiklem Kiln Works.