Our Faculty


AKE ARNERDAL – Ake holds an MFA from Umea University, Sweden. He has taught at the Hampstead School Of Art in London. Ake has also arranged and managed private art classes and has taught painting as well as mixed media to students of all ages.

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.

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.

TED CULOTTA – Ted was drawn to photography at a young age, his interest being fueled by receiving a 35mm SLR when 11 years old. He immediately set about photographing anything and everything he could focus in the viewfinder. In his early teens, he learned how to develop and print his own photos, gaining control over his work. In the final year of high school, he enrolled in an advanced photography class acquiring more formal training in composition, lighting, contrast, processing, and materials, making him keenly aware of the skills required to create good photographs. He focuses on landscapes, creating a vision incorporating highly realistic images of natural scenes with minimal processing; his goal is to present natural scenes as he viewed them. Ted produces fine art archival pigment prints of scenes of the Connecticut Shoreline as well as beautiful places around the continent.

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.

SHANNON GALE – Shannon Gale holds a BA in Communications and Psychology from Uconn. Since 2003 she has worked as GCTV’s Operations Manager, providing instructional and technical support to producers of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, Shannon owns Visual Clarity, a private media production company serving clients in a variety of fields including the arts, medicine, government and non-profit. Combine, Shannon has experience producing and teaching audio & video production, graphic & web design, photography and social media management.

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.

ISABELLE GASSER – Isabelle Gasser-Arpie was born and raised in France. She studied fashion, costumes, art and cinema, in France and Italy. In Paris, for many years, she designed and sewed costumes for operas, ballets, theater, movies and commercials. She has worked in New York with top designers, such as Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Gucci, Givenchy, and Balmain.

JASMINE GONZALEZ – Jasmine Gonzalez newly holds a BFA from the University of Hartford, both in Ceramics and Sculpture as well as a minor in art history. She currently serves the Guilford Art Center as Resident Potter.

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.

SEAN HACKETT – Sean Hackett, a senior at Guilford High School, is the lead of design and manufacturing for the Apple Pi Robotics team, as well as a member of the high school physics team. Sean conducted research in the Yale Department of Physics this past summer and plans to study mechanical engineering when he goes to college next fall.

JACKIE HEITCHUE – holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Design and Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. and teacher certification from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. She has worked as a photojournalist for a group of weekly newspapers and also at the Library of Congress making exhibition quality prints from its collection of historic negatives. Jackie has taught art to all ages of children. Her current focus is on personal projects, as well as leading art activities for patients with the Arts for Healing Program at Yale Children’s Hospital.

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.

MARCY LA BELLA – (Beading, 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.

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. Connie is a member of the Westport Art Center and the Artists Collective. Her work was exhibited in the “Pop Up” show at the Westport Art Center.

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 – (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.

CORINNE McMANEMIN Holds an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University, TX. She has studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in NYC. Corinne has taught at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, the Guilford Art Center, Southern Methodist University and Brookhaven College in Texas. She has worked as a fashion art director in NYC. Her work has been included in many exhibits throughout the United States.

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, 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.

JUDY PASCALE – Her teaching experiences include the XRX Stitches Conventions held through out the country. She has also taught at The National Needle Art Association (TNNA), Vogue Knitting and The Knitting Guild of America as well as numerous workshops at an array of different yarn shops and guilds all over the country.

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.

CHRIS PENRY – Chris Penry has actively pursued her art since 1992, when she began focusing her passion for the arts on hand paper making. Since then, she has studied paper making—honing her own skills, while becoming a paper making instructor in her own right. Chris specializes in the art form known as Pulp Painting, paper with inclusions from nature, and Japanese Kozo. In addition to her artistry, Chris has worked with North Guilford’s Suncatchers childhood enrichment program for over 16 years and more recently as a para at Melissa Jones School.

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.

CONNIE PFEIFFER – Holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA from Connecticut State University. Has taught at Creative Arts Workshop, Wesleyan Potters, Rochester Magnet School of the Arts and Rochester Institute of Technology. Founding member of the City Gallery, a contemporary gallery in New Haven. She is a metals sculptor and installation artist. Maintains a studio and artist space in Chester, CT. Exhibits widely.

FABIO PIZZOL – Fabio Pizzol has more than 25 years experience in architectural art glass design, execution, installations, commitment to high quality, attention to detail and technique innovation. He is an experienced instructor of varied art glass courses and European apprenticeship programs.

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.

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 exhibited in both Oregon and Connecticut as well as a long time apprentice at GAC.

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.

JONATHAN WEEKES – Jonathan Weekes 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.

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.