Instructors

Megan McGaffigan

Megan McGaffigan is a metalsmith/artist working in the greater Portland Area. She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University and an MFA from California College of the Arts in Jewelry/Metal Arts. She is most known for her adornments in animal topics and examinations of human-animal relationships.

Michael Metz

MICHAEL METZ is a Northwest Native potter who has exhibited his work throughout the Pacific Northwest for 40 years. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in art from Lewis and Clark College. Specializing in traditional ceramics, his work includes functional, sculptural and crystalline glazes. As a production potter in the 70’s and 80’s, he made over 10,000 sets of dinnerware for the Bennett Welsh Studio. Mike has dedicated his career to classic and contemporary ceramic art.

Nancy Judd

NANCY JUDD creates couture fashion sculptures from trash through her business Recycle Runway. She exhibits her work in high-traffic public locations around the US to inspire action around conservation of resources. Her traveling exhibition called ReDress: Upcycled Style is touring museums around the United States, and one of her sculptures, the Obamanos Coat, is in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection. Nancy’s work has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, in Delta Air Line’s in-flight magazine, the Huffington Post, and in media outlets around the world.

Newman, Hannah

HANNAH NEWMAN is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the relationship between the digital and physical through installations, books, and sculptures.  Hannah received an MFA in Craft from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2016, and is currently a resident at the Rainmaker Artist Residency in Portland Oregon.  Previously she worked as an Artist-in-Residence at Springfield Pottery in Springfield, Missouri and earned a B. S. in Ceramics, Fine Art, and Art History from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Pearl, Cora

CORA PEARL started studying calligraphy at age 11 and has been doing calligraphy and hand lettering ever since. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. Cora works as a full time calligrapher and teacher of lettering arts. She teaches calligraphy and hand lettering at Portland Community College and teaches independent workshops, classes and private sessions. She has taught at several calligraphy conferences including Letters of Joy, IAMPETH, Letterfest, and will be teaching at Letterfest, the International Calligraphy Conference in 2017.

Prentiss, Alex

ALEX PRENTISS has been a relief printmaker for over twenty-five years and making prints using Japanese printmaking methods since 1996. Her Moku Hanga teacher is Elaine Chandler, who studied with Akira Kurosaki in Japan. She is also an experienced letterpress printer, book artist and the owner of McClain's Printmaking Supplies since 2001.

 

Rietz, Liza

LIZA RIETZ holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark college and is a self taught clothing designer whose clothing line has been available for custom and retail since 2002. Liza has participated in dozens of group and independent fashion shows across our region and internationally.

Rollins, Rich

RICH ROLLINS is a photographer and photographic educator. He received a MFA degree in photography from Arizona State University, a BS degree in Education from the University of Vermont and taught photography at Marylhurst University for 27 years. 

Ross, Allyson

Allyson Ross is a jeweler and sculptor working in Portland, OR. She received a BFA from the Metals and Jewelry program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2004, she has been working on her own production lines and selling her jewelry through boutiques and online shops such as etsy. A line of her rings were picked up by the store Anthropologie and sold nationally. Creating unique and affordable jewelry is one of her greatest interests.

 

Sarah LaBarre Stravato

SARAH LABARRE STRAVATO is informed by the language of painting, but uses a vocabulary appropriated from traditional fiber techniques and mediums. She draws upon historical decorative and textile designs combining these blueprints with abstract imagery inspired by microcosms found in the natural world. Sarah is also an avid knitter and crocheter with over 25 years experience. She has assisted workshops at both Haystack Mountain School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Shiloh Gastello

SHILOH GASTELLO is a ceramic artist and instructor who resides in Portland, OR. He earned his MFA In Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Spring of 2016. He has been working with clay since 2009, exploring functional and sculptural methods of making work inspired by combining Victorian, Chinese and Japanese aesthetics.

Spinella, Katherine

KATHERINE SPINELLA is a visual artist who makes prints, paintings, relief and cast sculptures. She received her MFA degree in Studio Arts from the University of Oregon in 2013, where she continued on as Adjunct Professor of Printmaking. Spinella is currently Instructor of Screen Printing and Studio Manager at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She maintains her studio practice in a downtown Portland studio space.  See her projects at www.katherinespinella.com.

 

Stark, Alexa

ALEXA STARK is a Portland based fashion designer. Her clothing label is designed in-house, and is produced by the Portland Garment Factory in Portland, Oregon. She practices minimal waste production. All left over fabric is repurposed in our salvage denim designs, recycled at local fabric recycling bins, or absorbed into the creative explorations of other artists. Alexa Stark sells her line internationally and teaches repurposed fashion workshops all over the country.