Our Faculty


PHILLIP ALEXANDER Studied at the famed Fashion Institute of Technology and has been working in the fashion industry for more then twenty years. Phillip worked as a sample-maker, cutter and pattern-maker while in college. He creating his own design firm right out of college scoring success, by selling his first collection to some of New York’s premiere department store. After two seasons, Phillip tried his hand at Senior designer/consultant for major apparel and sleepwear companies, where he worked with head-designers to develop new collections and re-defining their brand. Phillip worked with these companies stateside and overseas learning the business of production and importing. Art is very important to Phillip. This skill is a major part of the apparel design community. Phillip has worked, as graphic artist quickly moving up the ranks to assistant Art Director were he honed his skill around product development and branding. Phillip is now developing his own product line of menswear. Phillip has found that giving this knowledge back to the community, through teaching and mentoring has been very rewarding. He feels that helping people discover and strengthen their skill around apparel construction, product development and art can enrich the lives of that community.

McCRADY AXON McCrady Axon 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.

LANETTE BARBER Lanette Barber holds a BFA in metals -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: 17 + years at GHC, Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts workshop. State of Ct Visiting Artist Program. Also instructs classes in fiber. Recipient of several awards through the Society of Connecticut Crafts in metals and mixed media. Publications sampling include: Rosie Magazine, Hartford Courant, Woman’s Weekly Magazine, Shoreline Times and Fairfield County weekly. Other media includes East Hartford Public TV and ’Live the Journey’ with David Morris 88.7 radio. Former president of the Society for Connecticut Crafts. Many gallery show including NYC SOFA show 6-04 and CHICAGO SOFA 11-04.

KAREN BARTONE 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 CT. State University and numerous schools throughout CT. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards. Karen exhibits nationally.

SUSAN CASLEY Guilford native Sue Casley discovered photography at a young age and purchased her first SLR camera with babysitting money. She has continued, throughout her adult life, to express herself artistically in both the film and digital mediums of photography in both the 35mm and medium formats. While practiced in most areas of photography she specializes in portraiture. She has studied photography through The New York Institute of Photography, Creative Arts Workshop and Paier College of Art. She edits and prints her own work and is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and the full Adobe Creative Suite, building upon her photographic background to segue into graphics arts and web design. She has exhibited her work locally.

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

ALICE CHITTENDEN 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.

LUCIENNE COIFMAN BS from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She teaches at CAW and Wesleyan Potters. Coifman has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Coifman exhibits nationally. Her website: lucienne-repweave.com

JOAN R. DOWNEY AS from Lasell College and studied watercolor with Dewitt Brouard, Lou Bonamarte, Edgar Whitney, Arthur Schmalz, Judi Betts, Christopher Schwink and Frank Webb and Sumi-E with Dewitt Brouard. She exhibits throughout Connecticut.

LINDA EDWARDS 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, and Kansas State University. She exhibits nationally.

DAVID FERREIRA holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art. He has pursued a career in freelance illustration, teaching and fine art. He’s had work published by The New Hampshire Telegraph, Sam Adams Brewing Co., EMCParadigm Publishing and Olivia Kent. He recently received a first place New Hampshire Press Association award for his “Catch a Wish” illustration. David believes it is an artists’ nature and duty to challenge themselves, as well as others, on how they perceive their work.

DAVID FRANK 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.

VIOLA GALETTA 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.

BRICE GARRETT Brice Garrett holds a BA in Metals from San Diego State University and a MFA in Jewelry from Konstfack University of the Arts, Crafts and Design Stockholm, Sweden. He teaches as Liloveve in Brooklyn, NY and Snow Farm The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Brice has exhibited and been publish both nationally and internationally, He currently resides in and works in Brooklyn, NY.

JUSTIN GERACE Justin graduated with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2008 receiving his BFA; Justin also received his art education teaching license in 2010. Justin has been making ceramics for 8 years; he works predominantly with the potters wheel making vessels of various forms and scales. Justin managed Wesleyan Potters in 2008 and 2009, and has exhibited and sold his work nationwide. Justin works with two LLCs, Behind the Wheel Pottery LLC which he is co-owner and One of Twenty an artist collective, his work can be found online at www.oneoftwenty.com

LESLIE GIULIANI Holds a BFA from the University of Delaware. Her work is in the collection of the State of Connecticut and has been exhibited internationally. She was awarded a 2008 Artist Fellowship Grant from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism.

ANITA GRIFFITH BFA from Tulane University. A full time potter whose work is exhibited widely throughout the USA, she has studied tile making and the art of azulejo Teaches at “Horizons to Go Southwest” on Native American pottery.

SUSAN GUAGLIUMI Susan Guagliumi is the author of five craft books. The newest, Handmade for the Garden, was published by Stuart, Tibori and Chang in March 2014. A former Education Director here at GAC, Susan has also worked extensively in the knitting machine industry. She holds an MALS degree from Wesleyan University.

NAOMI KANTROW has been a high school art teacher for 35 years. She has taught a variety of fine and commercial arts courses, including studio arts and portfolio preparation, graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. She holds an MFA from Yale University.

NANCY KARPEL holds a BS from Albertus Magnus, and PMC Certification from the PMC Guild. Karpel has exhibited widely, published and been a professional jewelry artist for more than 32 years. She 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 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 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 metal smithing. She studied art at SCSU.

ANDREA LANDSBACH holds a Master of Education in Art, University of PA. BFA Seton Hill University. Andrea has extensive experience teaching art in public and private schools.

DOLPH LE MOULT 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.

JOAN LEVY Holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. Joan met Willem de Kooning, who became her private mentor for many years. Joan has been a visiting artist/teacher at Kansas City Art Institute, The Choate School, Hopkins, Amity Regional High School, Woodstock Academy, Tabor Community Art Center and has taught privately in her studio. Joan’s work has been exhibited extensively and is in the permanent collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Yale Peabody Museum and in private collections, as well as being included in the Elaine de Kooning collection and archive of prominent women artists. Her work is represented by the Allan Stone Gallery in NYC. In addition to being a painter, Joan has been a color separation expert for the last 27 years, specializing in the printed reproduction of fine art for museums and galleries around the country.

DEBORAH STAUB LUFT 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.

DODIE MARCHESE 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 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.

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

MATT PARKINSON 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.

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

STASIA PENKOFFLIDBECK 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 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.

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

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

SAM SALVATI Sam Salvati is a classically trained Blacksmith, who’s passions cover almost all traditions of working steel including tool making and Bladesmithing. Sam 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.

MACE VITALE 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 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 MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, BFA from Alfred University. Has taught at RISD, Hartford Art School, Hunter College, Connecticut College, University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College. Connecticut Artist Fellowship recipient in 2002, Wolkow exhibits nationally.