Jesus Antoshka has been working with clay for over 10 years, and continues building his work at his home studio in Brooklyn, NY. Jesus is also the ceramic technician at Suffolk County Community College and at the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons located on the east end of Long Island, NY. The main goal with his body of work is to create timeless, durable pieces to be used and enjoyed in the home.
Ann resides in Southampton where she spends her time at the potter’s wheel, as well as knitting, gardening, kayaking, exploring yoga and walking with her poodle, Bo, on the beach in North Sea. A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, she studied opera at Oberlin College and University of Illinois. She moved to New York City to pursue an singing career and eventually became an events coordinator at The St. Regis Hotel. She is on the Board of Directors of the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons.
In 1991, Eve Behar took her first ceramics class in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She continued to take classes through college and after at the many studios around the city while also being a grunt working in television production. In 1995 she went to Florence for a year to study ceramics, painting, and art history at the Studio Art Center International for which she received a Post Baccalaureate Diploma. Upon returning from Italy, Eve worked as an assistant making slip cast production work while pursuing her own clay career. In 2001, Eve once again went back to full time international study at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. There she spent three intensive years refining her skills and techniques and developing a body of work. Eve was very happy to accept the highest award of Best in Show at the Graduate Show of 2004. Since 2004 and returning to New York, Eve has been in various wholesale and retail shows, gallery exhibitions and featured on the Ceramics Monthly website and the cover of The Potters Council 2015 Calendar. She also is a past president of The Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons and former director of Celadon Clay Art Gallery and Shop. Eve maintains her studio practice at home in Sag Harbor, New York where she is happily potting near the beach surrounded by nature with visits from the local squirrels, chipmunks, birds and occasional deer.
When it comes to my art, my first focus is in crafting a beautiful form. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of sizes and shapes but for me, the form is always my first consideration. Aesthetically, I believe that elegance can be found in simplicity. The glaze is just an overlay for my pots, which I believe should be simple and clean with touches of texture or contrast. It is my constant work to perfect my artistry. For me, potting is a forever dream.
I am privileged to live in the Sag Harbor community on the eastern end of Long Island. Walks on the beach, experiencing the surrounding light and salt air, the woods and wildlife, the beautiful sunsets -are all part of my daily routine. This natural beauty finds its subtle way into my ceramic art. My life in creating with clay began in the 1970’s. It is a passion that I will continue to explore and experiment with for my lifetime. I have studied ceramics at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, at LaMeridiana in Tuscany, as well as community, state and private universities. I am honored to have studied with many internationally famous ceramic artists. For 10 years I taught ceramics at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. and managed their Ceramic studio. I have a Masters Degree in Education and a minor in Art Education. My work has been sold in various juried shows and exhibits including: Hofstra University, The Oyster Bay Historical Society, The Clothesline Art Sale at Guild Hall in East Hampton , The Bridgehampton Historical Society and at Celadon Gallery in Watermill. It is a joy to be part of this East End artistic community. Presently I am the CEO of SagHarborClayfish Ltd. I have a gallery and studio where I offer individual and private lessons.
Kimmi is a potter born in Water Mill who teaches and works as one of the Studio Technicians at the Clay Art Studios. She began weekly wheel throwing lessons after a quick demo at the Clay Art Guild Potter's Market and attended each year the teen Summer Ceramics Camp was offered. There Kimmi found her appreciation for Ceramic Art History and Techniques sketching Ming Dynasty Chinese ceramics during the annual field trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kimmi learned her deep appreciation for fine art as Gallery Apprentice at Celadon Clay Art Gallery. She was overjoyed spending summers filling her Apprentice Show wheel throwing overlooking Mill Creek and the Corwith Mill in between sharing stories of the current artist's work with patrons. Her favorite time at the wheel is spent reimagining tall porcelain bottles to be glazed in carefully formulated traditional Chun glazes, fired in the large gas kiln outdoors. Collaborations with sculpture instructor Tom Walter include traditional Chinese Jade and Celadon inspired bottles with dragons emerging from the surface coiling around. For Kimmi the glazing and firing process is as essential to her work as the raw stages creating each form, the blank canvas. The organic effects of ancient Raku Fired ceramics also inspire Kimmi to create new styles of work with every piece unearthed from the ashes for over ten years now. When she isn't covered in clay she gets her inspiration with her dog, on the family plant nursery, kayaking or paddle boarding wherever she can.
Mary Jaffe earned a BFA in ceramic from LIU Southampton, NY. A five year apprenticeship in a production pottery studio and various post graduate studies followed.
In her Bridgehampton studio, Mary creates wheel thrown functional ware exploring altered forms inspired by textures and objects found in nature. Mary also teaches children's clay classes in the local community.
Steven Jones works predominately in hand-thrown stoneware, focusing on functional ware fired in both the gas and electric kilns. His work melds traditional forms with contemporary style. He is currently an instructor at the Clay Art Studios in Water Mill teaching potter’s wheel there and is also the Director of the Clay Art Guild’s studios. Steve welcomes custom orders.
In her tiny studio on Shelter Island, Lora creates hand built stoneware and porcelain pieces. Her work is informed by degrees in Art History from Vassar and Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. "Classes and workshops at the Clay Art Studios allowed me to delve deep into hand building, slab work, ceramic surfaces, raku firing and glaze chemistry. “I love hand building with clay and the connection I feel to thousands of years of ceramic traditions that transcend language, time and place.”
Alicia Mack is a ceramic artist living and working in Hampton Bays, NY. Originally from Florida, from a family who supported her artistic efforts, she received her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Miami. Alicia works in porcelain, throws and alters pots while still wet on the wheel to capture the softness, stretch and volume that comes from pushing and pulling the clay. Alicia is currently an instructor at the Clay Art Studios.
Nancy Robbins has a BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also studied ceramic engineering and glaze chemistry at Alfred University. She was Senior Craftsmen for Ceramic Reproductions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She works almost exclusively in porcelain created on the potter's wheel. Her smooth simple shapes serve as canvas for carefully reproduced ancient Chinese and Japanese glazes. “Simplicity and quiet grace are often overlooked.”
I was never formally trained in the arts or crafts but always had a deep appreciation for beautiful hand crafted objects, especially ceramics. When given the opportunity to work with clay, it became an all-consuming part of my life.
I educated myself in this medium by going to museums and galleries to look at pots. I read lots of books and magazines related to clay. I enrolled in many classes and workshops where I learned from master potters. They helped not only to improve my working skills but also to change the way I was able to look at a vessel.
The more I keep working the more I keep learning and this is what holds my passion for clay.
There is always a new idea or a new technique to make my pots better then the last firing.
Terra Sigillata is a special technique that I use to provide a diverse color palate in my work. This process has proven to enhance the surfaces that I use on many of the pieces that you will see on this site.
Tom is currently the studio manager and an instructor at the Clay Art Studios. Tom also teaches Shotokan Karate at the Police Athletic League. "I have always been fascinated with clay. "You can make just about anything. My speciality is dragons."
Born in Brooklyn many years ago.Studied at ICP for photography and went on to represent two Japanese photographers. I dabbled in photography for a while myself until I had my 1st child. I discovered clay 15 years ago when I took a class at the 92nd St Y. in New York City. I knew the minute I felt clay in my hands that this was going to be my passion. Becoming part of the staff at the Y helped me to become the potter I am today. Having the opportunity to study in Italy, Jamaica and New York and meeting many wonderful artist along the way, has only added to my desire to create beautiful porcelain pieces. I have a studio in NYC and in Water Mill, NY. I am still at the 92nd St Y and belong to The Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons. I’m hoping to continue on this path forever!
Beverly Granger has been working in clay since the 1970’s, focusing primarily on wheel-thrown functional work. In recent years, she has ventured into the realm of hand-building, resulting in a broader body of work. Her goal is to create pots that are both functionally and esthetically pleasing and bring joy to the user.
In my art as well as in my life I seek the beauty in the obvious, the simple. The small seemingly insignificant things surrounding your day, are fruitful inspirations. I think that is why I like making functional pottery, to beau tify daily life. I arrived at pottery only after some time. I studied Chinese and Nordic languages at Stockholm University, which drew me to China. Once there I was fortunate to find an exceptional calligrapher, Chen Xiuqing, under whom I studied for two years. This changed my path. Clay had always held an attraction for me, but through my teacher’s influence I was able to focus on applying shape and form from calligraphy into three dimensional pottery.