Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons

About Our Teachers

EVE BEHAR

Being raised in New York City never stopped Eve Behar from her love of nature and especially animals. In Eve's early years, she was lucky to live next to Forest Park and loved exploring what seemed like deep woods even though Queens Boulevard was right there. Eve was also fortunate to go to summer camp and visit her grandfather at his home near the ocean to experience the outdoors away from the urban bustle. Early on, Eve discovered the arts as a way to express her creative side. With tremendous family support, trying all different forms of art from drawing to dance to acting, when Eve came upon clay, it was a done deal.

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.

ADRIENNE G. FIERMAN

I have been working with clay for over 25 years, exploring the traditional hand-building methods of coiling and pinching.  After studying at Greenwich House in NYC, I attended workshops at Anderson Ranch, Peter’s Valley, Japan, and the Taos Art School, where I felt inspired by the Native American approach of “listening to the clay” and working intuitively.  The quiet, organic approach of Japanese ceramics has also played a powerful influence on my aesthetic sensibility.

EDUCATION:

Taos Art School                            Taos Pueblo, New Mexico 1996 - 1997

Greenwich House Pottery             New York, NY          1987 - 1993

Parson’s School of Design             New York, NY  AAS Degree, 1981

EXHIBITIONS:

“Material Matters”, National Juried Exhibition sponsored by Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

  Group Show, 2017,  received “Certificate of Merit”

The White Room Gallery,  Bridgehampton, NY

   “Look Deeper”, Group Show, 2017

Celadon Gallery,  Bridgehampton, NY

   Juried group show “Better Together”, 2017

Ceramic Artist Friendship Association - competition for Tokyo and New York ceramic  artists

    Group shows, 2016 and 2018

92nd Street Y,  New York, NY

    Winner, “Best in Show”, juried show,  2013, 2017

Potter’s Council - featured in calender, 2010

Newport Potters Guild,  Newport, Rhode Island

    Invitational Group Exhibition,  2009

Celadon Gallery,  Watermill, New York

    Invitational Exhibition,  2008

DeCordova Studio and Gallery,  Greenport, New York

    Group Show,  2007

Firehouse Art Gallery, Nassau Community College,  Garden City, New York

    Juried Show,  2007

Crazy Monkey Gallery,  Amagansett, New York

    Group Show,  2005 - 2007

AILEEN FLORELL

born 1959 in Sweden. 
Degree from Stockholm University in Chinese and Nordic languages. 
Two years of further studies in Chinese at Xiamen University in China. Studied Chinese calligraphy under Chen Xiuqing, professor of calligraphy at Xiamen Institute of Industrial Arts. 
Ceramics certificate course, Helsingborg, Sweden (in Sweden’s historic ceramics district). Has taught and managed a ceramics studio in Stockholm, in addition to working as a proof reader, translator and schooner sailing instructor. 
Curator at the Celadon Gallery 2000–2010, a clay art gallery in Water Mill, NY. 
Currently designing and working ceramics in East Hampton, New York. 

Artist statement: 
In my art as well as in my life I seek the beauty in the obvious, the simple. The small seemingly insignificant things sorrounding 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. 

Exhibitions: 
Calligraphy, joint exhibition with Chen Xiuqing, ”Modern calligraphy”, Xiamen, China, 1987 
Ceramics, Metallgillet 
(the Metal Guild), Stockholm, 1992 
Ceramics, Marielund Gallery, island of Ven, southern Sweden, 1997 
Ceramics, Kulturen Museum, Lund, Sweden 
Ceramics, Celadon Gallery, Water Mill, NY 
Works in numerous private and corporate collections 

MARY JAFFE

Mary Jaffe earned her BFA in Ceramics from LIU Southampton, NY. A five year production pottery apprenticeship followed as well as postgraduate studies at Instituto Allende in Mexico and Penland School in North Carolina. She has been working as a studio potter since 1980 creating wheel thrown altered forms in her Bridgehampton NY studio. 

For the past 20 years Mary has enjoyed exploring clay with children, helping them create and discover a passion for clay. Mary heads the Ceramics Major at the Ross Camp and teaches in the Ross School’s after school and special programs. She has taught extensively in community programs including senior centers, libraries, churches, camps, museums, childcare centers and after-school programs. Mary has been working with the kids at Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons since they opened. 

STEVE JONES

Steve has been drawn to the ceramic arts from an early age (his ceramic work as a 7 year old landed him an interview on the local public television news channel).

Although his interest in the ceramic arts were a constant thread in his college and post-Baccalaureate programs, it wasn’t until he changed careers that he was able to devote his attention to clay.

Steve is grateful to have been taught at the start of his potting career by local master-potter Nancy Robbins; and would not be able to pass along the knowledge and expertise he gleaned from his time as Nancy’s apprentice over several years without her tutelage. The philosophy and inspiration, along with practical skills, offered at workshops held by master potters including Jack Troy, Mark Shapiro, Ben Eberle and others, also inform Steve’s approach to teaching and clay; and the expression of those ideas and philosophies are embodied in his work and teaching style.

Steve is the Director of both teaching spaces currently operated by the Clay Art Guild in Water Mill which offer classes in both basic hand-building and wheel-throwing as well as other more advanced and specialized workshops and classes including raku, glaze application techniques, surface decoration, altering pots and others in which members of the Guild express an interest

Steve teaches classes for beginning to intermediate students now; he is also happy to offer any other advanced workshops in throwing on the wheel that members might request (often co-taught by the Guild’s very accomplished studio tech, Jesus Antoshka).

Commissions for functional ware are welcomed upon request.

LYNN LEFF

I HAVE been immersed in art: selling art, collecting art, and enlightening myself with visits to art museums, galleries and artist studios. Until I walked into a clay studio, the desire of wanting to create art myself had never occurred to me.

Clay has become my art form. I became lost in and mesmerized with clay over the past several years. In fact, my first stop was the Clay Potato in Bridgehampton, NY.

I began my work throwing clay. Today, I am primarily a hand builder, although I enjoy the liberties of combining the two processes.

Touching, feeling and forming the clay is most satisfying to me. The lesson for me; it’s the process that matters. Every moment I spend handling clay is a precious moment to me.

I do both functional and non-functional ceramics that often express a quirky sense of humor.

I teach children privately and in group settings and love watching them create and involve themselves in the material.

 

     Exhibitions:

Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, Texas

Wynwood Art Group, Miami, Florida

The Laurel Group, Watermill, NY

Children’s Museum of the East End Bridgehampton, NY

Salon 66, Sag Harbor, NY

Lucia’s Angels, “The Reconstructed Bra” Southampton, NY

East End Hospice Box Auction, East Hampton, NY

Private Commissions

Betty Wasserman Interiors, NY, NY

Comerford Collection, Bridgehampton, NY

Mecox Gardens, Southampton, NY

Old Town Crossing, Southampton, NY

LORA LOMUSCIO

I create hand built ceramics in my studio on Shelter Island, NY.

A BA in Art History from Vassar College, Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, professional work in architectural lighting design, teaching experience at Pratt and Parsons School of Design – all these experiences along with a strong sense of place here at my island home, come together to inform and shape my work.

I am a mother of two teenagers and have enjoyed years of teaching in many art camps on Shelter Island as well as running my own paint-your-own pottery and art studio in Greenport for several years.

I work with a variety of clay bodies and firing processes, always experimenting, and enjoying the process. I fire my work in electric oxidation in my studio on Shelter Island and cone 10 gas reduction as a member of the Clay Arts Guild in Watermill, NY. I am fortunate to participate in an annual raku firing as well with the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons.

My focus is on hand building including pinch, coil and slab work. I love sharing my work and process with others to get them get hooked on clay!

ALICIA MACK

Alicia Mack is an Art educator and has taught ceramics and fine art at the university and community college level since 2008. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Florida, Gainesville. 

In addition to her teaching, Aliciahas served as a visiting artist at numerous colleges, universities and art centers, such as the Armory Art Center in Palm beach (Soda Firing).She was the recipient of a residency at Red Lodge Clay center in Montana,

and has attended both national and international workshops, including Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and Curaumilla Art center in Valparaiso, Chile to build and fire a kiln that uses recycled oil.

Alicia teaches wheel throwing and hand building for all ages, as well as specialty enliven events for the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons. She is one of the teachers at the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons, has a home studio, and lives with her husband and two children in Hampton Bays, New York.

Artist Statement

I grew up in a creative family that supported my artistic efforts, and have pursued clay as a primary medium for 30 years. Inspired by the curves of succulent plants, the soft sloping and altered forms of ancient Korean ceramics, I alter pots while they are wet on the wheel to retain a fresh voluminous quality. I use porcelain as my primary medium, and each part is formed and fired using a variety of techniques. Some are reminiscent of the graceful curves of the1940’s and 50’s cars my father restored in the family garage.

NANCY ROBBINS

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 teaches glaze and surface techniques and intermediate/advanced potter’s wheel.

TOM WALTER

I started playing with clay from a very young age, from kindergarden through grade school. I won many awards in high school for my sculptures. I Majored in commercial art at Farmingdale university and Fine art at Stonybrook university. Taught ceramics for kids and adults at Hands on Clay in Setauket. I assisted and taught Raku there as well. I have done many art shows across the island as well as several years at the N.Y. Renaissance festival from '85- '90. I have been teaching wheel and hand building at the Water mill studio for the past 5 years as well as firing the cone 10 gas kiln with Jesus Antoshka. I participate in the Guild shows, bowls of plenty, backroads studio tour, potters market and holiday show every year.