Anna Vaughan is an artist and educator living in Oakland, California. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute with ceramics greats: Ken Ferguson, Peter Voulkos, Victor Babu, Jim Leedy and Marilyn Lysohir. Anna completed her MFA at Mills College under the guidance of Ron Nagle. Her current artworks explore both the functional and sculptural traditions of ceramics. She is an avid drawer and often incorporates the use of layered slips and sgraﬃto or clay etching into the works. Ms. Vaughan's classes provide an openness and structure which encourages students to explore their own artistic voice while gaining an understanding of the formal and technical processes of clay.
Bob has been teaching and working in ceramics since, as he says, "before the invention of dirt." He received a BFA and MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA) with a major in ceramics, and later taught at Chadron State College in Nebraska, and at New Mexico State University as a member of both the graduate and undergraduate faculties. He has shown in many galleries throughout the U.S. including the Fairtree Gallery in New York City, and his work is in various collections, such as New York State University at Buffalo, the permanent collection at CCA, and the Antonio Prieto Memorial Collection of Contemporary Ceramics at Mills College. Bob created Big River Pottery in New Mexico, selling his work throughout the U.S. (and working as a fireman while not doing pottery). He has taught at the Potters' Studio in Berkeley and Studio One in Oakland since 1990.
David is a multi-faceted artist from Southern California, where he began working in ceramics eight years ago. Since starting to work in clay he has had great fortune being a part of the Visual Arts Department in Ceramics at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Southern California, beginning in 2006 as the technical assistant to the program and progressing to faculty. In his ceramic work David feels passion for the intimate nature of pottery, and continues working to make functional pots that give something to the user. David graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the California College of the Arts and continues this practice while living in Oakland.
Jess, a Berkeley native, still has the ceramic bear she made as a kid at the Arts and Crafts Cooperative on Shattuck Ave. It was not until she was at Pomona College pursuing her BA in Psychology that she took another ceramics class. Jess returned to college in 1995 for a BFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. In 1999 she completed a two-year Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2000 Jess returned to the Bay Area to be a studio potter and since 2002 has had her own home studio. Throughout this time Jess has taught several classes and ceramic workshops and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Leah Bowring received her BA in ceramics and BFA in graphic design from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year in Tokyo studying Japanese language, historical ceramics, traditional theater and architecture. She was a pupil of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter. She conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan while she taught English in the time between her formal degrees. She recently received her MFA in ceramics in May 2015 and now lives in Oakland, California and makes her work in Berkeley. She works as an Operations Manager at a 300+ artist community art center The Potters' Studio in Berkeley, California. Here she also teaches beginning wheel classes.
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