Our Faculty



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 black-smith at numerous museums including working four years at Mystic Seaport. Greg works full time as a machining instructor at a Connecticut technical high school.

Lanette Barber holds a BFA in metals -State University of New York and a BS in Accting 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, Wesley-an 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

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

Holds a B.F.A. from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. Tori is currently the resi-dent potter at the Guilford Art Center 2017-18. Her work has been included in numerous exhib-its throughout CT.

Diane Cadrain 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, felt-ing, knitted embellishments, hand embroidery, and beading. Her work has been exhibited na-tionally 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 Art-ists, and Women Against the Grain.

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.

Teacher and Creator of the Crochet Kids. Consignor and wholesaler to a myriad of CT fine re-tailers, including the Shop at the Florence Griswold Museum, Soulbury gifts, and Dava Bou-tique. Rachelle is an artisan vendor at juried art fairs, festivals, craft events, and holiday shows throughout CT.

ELIZABETH CHICHESTER is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special pro-grams 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 Wes-leyan 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 Ce-ramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China and private collections in the UK, Australia and the US. She exhibits throughout Connecticut

Sandra Christie is a metalsmith and kaleidoscope artist. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied in Paris. She 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 con-structed of silver, brass, copper, and nickel. She has taught at Parsons School of Design and the Silvermine Artists Guild.

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: http://lucienne-repweave.com/

holds a BFA from Stockton University and an MALS from Wesleyan University. As an art educa-tor Pre – 12 in the Guilford and Derby school districts, she was awarded numerous grants and awards. Her current work focuses on sumi-e, woodblock prints and writing and illustrating chil-dren’s books.

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 Draw-ings 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.

MARSHA DAVIS is a professional jewelry instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching beaded jewelry ranging from pearl knotting and stringing to seed beadwork to macramé, cro-chet, and weaving. She has been on the faculty of The 92nd Y Jewelry Center since 2000, teach-ing 4 classes per week, and previously for The Craft Students League. Ms Davis has also taught workshops for The American Craft Museum, Museum of Art and Design, The American Muse-um of Natural History, Newark Museum Arts Workshop and numerous other venues in the NYC area. She has had one of her designs published in The Art of Beaded Beads (2006) Lark Books.

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 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 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.

Studio artist and Fabrication studio manager at the SMFA@Tufts. Teaching: Peters Valley school of Craft(NJ), Penland School of Crafts (NC), SMFA@Tufts(MA) Snowfarm (MA)

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 potters 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 Guil-ford Art Center and has exhibited, conducted lectures, demonstrations, and workshops nation-wide.

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 mak-ing 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 na-tional arts organizations.

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 work-shops 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 is an artist blacksmith based in Willington CT. Jason began blacksmithing in 2002, and 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 Associa-tion of North America.

Nancy Karpel holds a BS from Albertus Magnus, and PMC Guild Certification. She has taught jewelry making at schools and art centers throughout her 35 years as a professional jewelry artist. Nancy has been published and exhibited extensively, and her work has recently been fea-tured in several new books on PMC. She sells her work through her New Haven, CT studio, N. Karpel Studio LLC, where she produces a line of contemporary jewelry.

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 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 Guil-ford Art Center in Guilford, CT She is represented by the Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop and the Shop at Guilford Art Center.

Derek Leka 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 Muse-um’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.

received his early art training at the University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Academy of Fi-ne 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 Inter-national, and McDonalds. He has developed a reputation as a decorative illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist.

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 Connecti-cut. 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 posi-tion.

Studied fly tying with Harry Townsend, fishing with Ed Migdalski and baseball with Casey Sten-gel.

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 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 SA-RAH, 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.

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.

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 Ander-son 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.

Self-taught blacksmith and sword maker; graduated from the manufacturing technologies pro-gram 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.

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.

Scott Paterson has more than 40 years experience as a painter, has shown extensively in Con-necticut 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 has worked as an exhibit designer at Harvard’s Mineralogical Museum, and completed an internship in illustration at the Entomology Department at the Smithonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. She was also a Scientific Illustrator and Graphic Artist at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology from University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science degree in Zoology from University of New Hampshire. She earned a Certification in Scientific and Technical Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a potter for over 25 years and is Studio As-sistant at the pottery studio here at GAC. While in graduate school, teaching became a passion for her and she is fortunate to have been able to combine her interests in science with her love of art into a career in teaching both scientific illustration and pottery.


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.

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; certifi-cate 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

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 stu-dio assistant at GAC and has exhibited in both Oregon and Connecticut.

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 direc-tion 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.

Paula Shalan, is the second in three generations of potters. Educated at Sarah Lawrence Col-lege and The Art Institute of Chicago, she exhibits nationally at galleries and retail shows in-cluding The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and The Smithsonian Craft Show. She re-cently received a national award for sustainability at the Smithsonian Craft Show. Participating as an artist-in-residence at both Acadia National Park and The Dune Shacks on the Outer Cape has inspired her current work. “My work is a quiet tribute to the details found in nature.”

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.

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 clas-ses 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. Re-cent 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 so-lar-powered chandelier, at Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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 is a photographer, silkscreen printer and graphic
designer. Following strong interests in both computers and photography Jonathan attended Sy-racuse 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 ed-ucational projects for both print and interactive.

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 na-tionally.