Instructors

Rios, Gina

GINA RIOS is a sculptor and jeweler from San Jose, CA. Her work is a study of the space between bodies and the nuance and potential that lives within that space. She applies fine craft technique to work that is layered and complex. Gina is currently living in Portland, OR where she is a candidate in the Applied Craft + Design MFA Program. Gina earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Lewis and Clark College in 2004 and returned to Portland after living in Oakland, CA to earn a Post Baccalaureate in Metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2012.

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.

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.

 

Royal, Holland

HOLLAND ROYAL is an Oregon native, a graphic designer, and a laser cutting instructor at a local sports apparel company. She loves sharing this technology with other designers. 

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. 

 

Steele, Jonathan

JONATHAN STEELE graduated from OCAC with an MFA in Craft in 2016. He is currently the Resident Artist at Pleasant Hill Pottery in Pleasant Hill, OR. He makes sculpture focused on material change and movement and functional pottery focused on serving and drinking tea. He fires almost all of his work in wood kilns and prizes the effects of natural ash glaze and reduction cooling.

 

Stocco, Alli

ALLI STOCCO is a textile designer based in Portland, Oregon. A native of Minnesota, she is inspired by expansive landscape, elusive color, and memories of gatherings in her small community.  After working in the non-profit sector and graphic design, she received her MFA in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2014. After graduation, Alli designed textiles for Martha Stewart in New York City. In addition to designing, Alli has also taught courses on fabric silkscreen and digital textile design. She is currently an apparel color designer at Nike.