FREE Summer Slide Lectures

Magda GluszekBrenda LichmanShalene ValenzuelaLaura De AngelisKevin RohdeAlanna DeRocchiCurt LaCrossRandy JohnstonKyungmin ParkGail Kendall


Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm (doors @ 6:30 pm)
June 14 - August 16

Every summer for the last 20 years, Santa Fe Clay has brought guest artists from the national field to teach in our Summer Workshop Program. These artists each present a slide lecture on their work that is open to the public. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of the work being done by an exciting group of ceramic artists from across the US.

June 14  Magda Gluszek

June 21  Brenda Lichman

June 28  Shalene Valenzuela

July 5  Laura De Angelis

July 12  Kevin Rohde

July 19  Alanna DeRocchi

July 26  Curt LaCross

August 2  Randy Johnston

August 16  Gail Kendall


June 14  Magda Gluszek

Magda Gluszek lives in Show Low, Arizona, where she is art faculty and gallery director at Northland Pioneer College. Magda received her MFA from the University of Florida. She has been an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Roswell Art Center West in Roswell, GA, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece and at La Fragua in Belalcazar, Spain. Magda was an Invited Artist at the 2010 Figurative Association Symposium at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a 2011 NCECA Emerging Artist. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally.


June 21  Brenda Lichman

Brenda Lichman received her BFA in ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas, Denton. She is currently Adjunct Lecturer/Graduate Faculty at Wichita State University, while maintaining an active studio practice. Her work has been broadly exhibited across the country in notable exhibitions, such as the 23rd Strictly Functional National, and 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics. Brenda’s work has been published in books such as Surface Design for Ceramics and 500 Teapots, Volume 2. “Brenda Lichman-Balance and Versatility” was featured in the December 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She believes in bringing people together through art, food and pottery.


June 28  Shalene Valenzuela

Shalene Valenzuela received a BA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been an instructor and guest artist at a number of art centers, colleges and universities, and has been a resident artist at Clay Studio of Missoula, MT, the Archie Bray Foundation, MT and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and is included in numerous private collections. She is currently the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana.


July 5  Laura De Angelis

Laura De Angelis received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and currently works in her studio on a farm in the northern Virginia countryside. Her figurative ceramic sculptures have been exhibited nationally. In 2008, De Angelis served as lead artist for “Celestial Flyways”, a large-scale public art project in Oppenstein Park, Kansas City, which included numerous one-of-kind site-specific sculptural and architectural art elements that wove together references from the parks ecosystem. She has taught courses and workshops at Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN, and Red Star Studios, Kansas City.




July 12  
Kevin Rohde

Kevin Rohde received his BA from Keystone College, PA and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is an award winning artist/sculptor having received fellowships at Northern Clay Center, MN, and Baltimore Clayworks, where he is currently a Resident Artist. Most recently, he was an Artist in Residence at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He maintains a rigorous studio practice, exhibiting nationally, and was featured as a 2014 Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Kevin is currently an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Towson University in Towson, MD, as well as at George Washington University in Washington, DC.



July 19  Alanna DeRocchi

Alanna DeRocchi is originally from Petersburg, IL. She received a BFA from Western Illinois University, and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has participated in several ceramic artist residency programs including the ClayArch Gimhae Museum Ceramic Arts Residency in Jilllye, South Korea, and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT. Alanna has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the US and internationally. She is currently a Term Instructor of Art and Technician in Ceramics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.


July 26  
Curt LaCross

Curt LaCross is becoming known for his life-like figurative sculpture. He earned a BFA from Central Michigan University and an MFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University. He is a Professional Art Educator in the Holt Public Schools, Holt, MI. His interest in the human psyche has grown through researching Carl Jung and the archetypal image. He is particularly interested in the shadow archetype and its presence in all humankind. His influences are Lucian Freud, Odd Nerdrum, Ron Mueck, Sam Jinks, Tom Waits, Joel Peter Witkin, Jenny Saville and Jean Michele Basquiat.



August 2  Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston has had an illustrious 45-year career in ceramics. He is a retired professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he taught ceramics and drawing. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bush Artist Fellowship, MN and two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowships. Randy received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo, a student of Shoji Hamada. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Minneapolis Art Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum, Nelson Atkins Museum, among numerous public and private collections. He is recognized internationally for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States.


August 16  Gail Kendall

Following her formal education at the University of Michigan (BSD) and Eastern Michigan University (MFA), Gail Kendall spent ten years working as an independent studio artist in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1987 she accepted a position in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she taught for 24 years. Gail has been a resident artist at c.r.e.t.a. Rome, Spode Fine China Works in England, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, ME, The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center, MT and Anderson Ranch Art Center, CO. She exhibits nationally and her work has appeared in articles & books including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Neue Keramik, Emmanuel Cooper's Contemporary Ceramics, and Masters: Earthenware by Lark Books.

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