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Instructors

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.

Motzer, Mackinley

MACKINLEY MOTZER is an artist and co-owner of Woobie & Warfly in Northeast Portland.  In 2016 she received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art focusing in Fiber, and explores crochet as her main method of making.  Her exploration of crochet for her conceptual work focusing on gender roles and familial expectation takes the form of wearable garments/costumes that become activated through documented performance.  While Motzer also creates wearable garments and costumes for Woobie & Warfly, she also puts her energy into creating a line of handmade stuffed animals, “Woobies”, and cons

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. 

Park, Eliot

After getting his BFA in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, ELIOT PARK has worked for various furniture companies in New York and Philadelphia area for 5 years. While acting as the woodshop manager at a design build in Brooklyn, he pursued his MFA in the Applied Craft + Design program where his practice became about the human relationship to objects and identity. He is now a co-curator in residence at the Furthermore Gallery in Portland, OR. 

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. 

Rosenkoetter, Rachel

RACHEL ROSENKOETTER is a visual artist living in Portland, OR. Born and raised in MO, Brown Smith received a BFA in Painting from Missouri State University and her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Utilizing painting, collage and installation, her work investigates mysticism and states of being. Revealing symbols and bodies as potent with sacred potential, Brown Smith harnesses physical forms to speak to a metaphysical ecstasy and excess.