Instructors

Jon Burns

Jon Burns was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Upon completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he moved to Bend, Oregon where he began his practice as a professional artist. After being accepted into the University of Florida, he relocated temporarily to Gainesville, FL and in 2012 was awarded his Master of Fine Arts degree. He has also traveled visiting the countries of Italy and France where he experienced many of Europe’s greatest artworks. Jon has won numerous awards and given presentations on his work at places such as the Institute for Ceramic Arts “G.Ballardini” of Faenza, Italy as well as in Miami, Florida at the New World School of the Arts. Jon's work is also in many private collections. Currently he and his wife Stephanie Burns live in the greater Eugene area.
 



Ellen Davidson

Ellen Davidson graduated from Chouinard Art School with a BFA and Honors in Ceramics. Her ceramic sculpture and pottery originates in observations of the natural world. Strong form and varied decoration with slips or glazes highlights her work. Since she make only art pottery, her work is experimental in many directions, both utilitarian and sculptural, and each is one of a kind.

Teaching is as much a joy to her as creating.  Her teaching style is very relaxed and she encourages her students to listen to their own muse and reflect their own personal vision in their work.  In her classes there is a free exchange of ideas and the creative energy and supportive environment enriches her as much as her students. Most important, in work and in class, she likes having fun!

Shannon Hardin

Shannon Hardin is a self-taught artist and jewelry designer. Born into an artistic family, she started creating things at an early age. Costume design was her main passion until a short time of unemployment headed her creative process in a whole new direction. She was taught basic wire wrapping by a friend and then proceeded to immerse herself in books on wire wrapping and beaded jewelry design. Being a creative person, Shannon let her imagination run wild with the endless array of beads in thousands of colors. Having collected jewelry for many years, designing jewelry seemed the natural thing to do. She started teaching jewelry design at Lane Community College four years ago and has now happily taken up residence at Clay Space. Encouraging students to open their minds to the creative process has been one of the most positive experiences she has ever encountered. Shannon continues to design and sell her jewelry online through Etsy and at craft fairs in Eugene and Portland.

Leah Howell


Leah Howell has over 13 years experience working with clay. She earned a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado. Her studies and training include hand building, wheel throwing, clay and glaze formulation, mold making, slip casting, and ceramic arts history. Leah’s current practice explores functional forms with a sculptural element. Her recent slip cast porcelain bowls and pitchers combine fluid, organic lines with graphic surface patterns. 


Leah moved to Eugene in 2012 after living in Calgary (Canada), Athens (Georgia) and her home state of Colorado. She enjoys hiking, running, biking and discovering the diverse and inspiring Oregon landscape. For three years she was also a professional baker, and cake decorator, which has further informed her ceramic work. 


Leah is an active member of Clay Space and looks forward to helping others discover their creativity and artistic style.


Pam Horn

Pam is an artist and an art educator. Her artistic endeavors range from functional and sculptural ceramics, to painting and jewelry making. In her ceramic work she uses both handbuilding and throwing methods of forming. She decorates pieces in many ways, including slips, glazes, textures, and added elements. Her latest clay pieces are shadow boxes that combine various handbuilding techniques with fanciful narratives. As an instructor, she has been teaching art and special education in the public schools to kindergarteners through adults for over two decades. Through teaching so many different abilities and levels of students she has gained a vast experience of how to nurture the learning process. Pam believes that everyone is an artist. She helps her students to embrace his or her artistic vison and bring it into a piece.


Pam
 has an art education degree and has been teaching art to kids ages 5 - 14 for twenty years in the public schools. She is well versed in teaching kids with various needs and abilities. She believes that everyone is an artist and teaches the basic skills in a step-by-step way to facilitate opening the door to creativity. Through her long background of working with kids, Pam has gained an ability to help kids through that "awkward stage" that art goes through in order to complete exciting projects. She encourages expanding on ideas and skills to push the budding artist to new places. Pam has been working in clay for ten years – first working on the wheel making functional forms, and then expanding to studying ceramics with a focus on sculptural forms.
Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones has been working with clay since 1997. He creates a variety of tableware and sculptural pieces using wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques. Most of his work is atmospherically fired in wood, salt and soda kilns.

Jesse has taught wheel-throwing courses for over a decade at both Clay Space and the Oregon State University Craft Center. His teaching style is fun and relaxed. He will provide many demonstrations and work with students to achieve individual goals.

Jesse and his wife, Lauren, live in Pleasant Hill with a herd of cats and chickens. He operates Pleasant Hill Pottery with a dedicated crew of local potters.

Jesse Jones has been working with clay since 1997.  He creates a variety of tableware and sculptural pieces using wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques.   His work is primarily atmospherically fired in wood, salt and soda kilns.  
 
Jesse has taught wheel-throwing courses for over a decade at both Clayspace and the Oregon State University Craft Center.   His teaching style is fun and relaxed.  He will provide many demonstrations and work with students to achieve individual goals.  
 
Jesse and his wife, Lauren, live in Pleasant Hill with a herd of cats and chickens.  He operates Pleasant Hill Pottery with a dedicated crew of local potters.
Terri May

Terri May received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has shown her artwork through group shows in museums and galleries, and taught a variety of art media to students ranging from young beginners to professional artists.


For several years Terri worked as a commercial sculptor and painted master sculpts for the toy and housewares industries, creating the prototypes for many of the manufactured things you might see in stores or have at home. After moving to Eugene to be with family, she found Clay Space and began working on her ceramics again, developing her next big project called “Cult of the Mug”.

Terri would love to have you join her in creating with clay. She remembers what it is like to be a beginner, and will happily guide you so you can learn how to make clay renditions of what you “see” in your imagination. Come in to Clay Space and have fun with us!

Aradia Myrrh


Aradia studied Fashion Design at Otis/Parson’s in 1985, then transferred to San Francisco Art Institute where she studied a split major of Fine Arts Oil Painting and Avant Gard Film. She went to summer school at Rhode Island School of Design and Otis where she took figure drawing, fashion design, studio drawing and photography classes. She is a prolific artist, also working in stained glass, paper crafts, sewing, photography, jewelry, ceramics and more. She has made and sold clothing and her own line of greeting cards and jewelry. Aradia loves being tactile and allowing the mind to run free to create and play in any art medium she chooses. She loves collecting found objects like driftwood and glass stones on the beach, old barn wood eaten by bugs, feathers, rusty things and other items from nature and old used things that she uses in her art and jewelry. She currently is focused on ceramics and works in her home studio where she plays in clay creating both fine art and practical work.


Lynn Pedersen


My work in clay has spanned over thirty years. As a hand builder, I combine the techniques of coiling, slabwork, and pinching to create a variety of forms – sculptural as well as functional. My interests in drawing and printmaking often influence my clay work. I sometimes incorporate low relief carvings. For color, I employ my own palette of colored clays and slips. The beauties of the natural world provide inspiration for all of my work.



Karen Perkins


Karen graduated from University of Oregon with a Masters in Art Education. She has taught ceramics for small children through adults at Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene Parks and Recreation and Lane Community College Continuing Education and has been teaching art for 30 years in public schools. She is now excited to be focusing on her own artwork, merging wheel thrown and hand building techniques. The desire to share her enthusiasm for design and creative form, and to participate in a larger ceramics community has led her to Clay Space.


Bob Richardson

Bob has had a rich history in the ceramics field and loves to share what he knows about all aspects of ceramics. He has taught college level ceramics as we as high school and middle school classes. He founded Oregon Clay Company in addition to 4 different ceramics gallery/studios. His interest in creating tiles led to establishing Terra Design of Oregon and Jess Accessories. You may be familiar with Bob through his position as manager of our local Ceramic and Clay Company.


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a rich history in the ceramics field and loves to share what he knows about all aspects of ceramics. He has taught college level ceramics as well as high school and middle school classes. He founded Oregon Clay Company and has founded of 4 different ceramic gallery/studios. His interest in creating tiles led to establishing Terra Design of Oregon and Jess Accessories. You may be familiar with Bob through his position as  manager of  our local Ceramic and Clay Company.




Katie Swenson


Spellbound by Porcelain since first I touched it, I have explored this endearing material for 25 years. The image that takes form in front of me, from a lump of clay, is intriguing. I find expression through Porcelain. Sometimes it is whimsical and light, other times contemplative and calming. Continually, the Porcelain embodies hope or promise with its ability to hold light. It is fulfilling when pieces taken from the kiln have their own aura; a life energy that comes out of my hands and mind, but that truly is infused with magic. I continue with Porcelain delighted with the way it reveals the wonders of our beautiful world.



Margie Templeton

Ceramics is my first love. I have mostly been a student for 20 years, studying with Lynn Pedersen for about 10 years and then with Ellen Davidson for another 10 years. While studying with Ellen I got interested in colored slips and wanted to learn how to paint with them so I started taking watercolor classes. I then branched out into oil painting, which I do with my fingers, a lot like ceramics. I have taught beginning handbuilding in Bali, Indonesia where I live for part of the year. My specialty with handbuilding is making masks and painting with colored slips. I am also good at helping people get over their blocks about being creative. Ellen Davidson has been my mentor and inspiration, and I am very excited to take over her class for a term. I am a member of the New Zone gallery where you can find my ceramics and paintings for sale.



Mariah Rose Williams


Growing up near the border in rural west Texas, Mariah was exposed to Mexican Talavera at a very young age. Her parents began taking her along on buying trips to Mexico, in order to directly import pottery for their retail store. Spending time in these large Mexican ceramic studios planted a little ceramic seed that didn’t fully sprout until Mariah’s first years of college. During her first ceramics course at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, Mariah was hooked on the potter’s wheel at first spin. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Ceramics from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and went on to complete a yearlong apprenticeship at Whitefish Pottery in Whitefish, Montana. She then went into a short-term internship at the Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, Montana. Soon after she continued her education in ceramics by completing a Masters of Arts in Art at Sul Ross State University. There she was hired on as Teaching Assistant for the Fine Art Department and also worked as the ceramic studio technician. While working on her Master’s she taught ceramics for Marfa Studio of Arts, a non-profit arts organization that provided art classes for the Marfa public school students. Mariah’s work is mainly wheel-thrown functional pottery, with a major floral undertone. Her work often uses many celadon glazes and has been greatly influenced by Asian motifs and ideologies. She enjoys creating and continues to explore new avenues within her own work. She also receives great joy in sharing her passion and teaching the ways of clay to others.

Donna Yutzy


Born in Norwalk, California, Donna Yutzy reluctantly moved to rural Oregon with her parents and two older brothers when she was 16 years old. She attended a Mennonite school with strict rules and regulations, which were not always a good fit for her restless adolescence. After graduating, Donna held a series of odd jobs, including working in food service, as a bank teller, and cleaning at an assisted living center. In 1990, Donna and one of her brothers opened a store in Salem, Oregon specializing in Southwestern-Native American arts and crafts, beads, and beading supplies. While there, she ended up joining forces with a customer to create a business featuring beaded jewelry. By chance, she took a metal clay class and found that she enjoyed the freedom in, and the challenge presented by, the medium. Donna is certified in a variety of art clay techniques and teaches two-dozen classes per year, mostly in Eugene where she lives with her husband, Gordon. In addition, she exhibits and offers her jewelry for sale at galleries and art shows throughout Oregon.


Past Instructors
We are proud to have had the following people as instructors at Clay Space

Josh Allen


After graduating from Ohio University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Josh moved to Eugene, Oregon to continue his life in pottery. For the last four years Josh has been teaching classes in the Eugene area and working at Georgie's Ceramic Supply Co. Here he has found the family of ceramicists that he has grown to love. Josh continues to persue his development as a ceramic artist and shares the desire to create a center where the community can come together to work in clay and share ideas.

 

Tabitha Buzby


I am drawn to textures and use relief carving to bring these designs out of the clay. Ceramics is such a tactile medium through all its stages that it is important to me for a piece to feel good in the hand. Through texture, weight and proportion the piece must feel right as well as look complete. Much of my inspiration comes from nature and little frames, close-ups, or snapshots of plants in various stages of blooming. The texture I use most often comes from the way light falls through the leaves on a tree. It is the same dappled effect that you will see when a candle is placed in one of my translucent tea lights. With this addition of light into the ceramic medium I hope to project a mood, one that is both calming and beautiful yet thought provoking.

Rogene Mañas

With her unique, primitive art style and inventive techniques, Rogene makes what she calls “modern day folk art.” Combining plant, bird, and insect imagery with figurative elements in a slightly surrealistic fashion, Rogene explores and illuminates what she calls “the essence within.”  Drawing from her imagination, her organic and often haunting compositions reflect both her Mediterranean heritage and her passion for Mexican folk art. Using paper maché clay, collage materials and acrylic paint, she creates sculptural relief forms and textural paintings.

As co-owner of an international card company and a designer and illustrator for more than 35, Rogene Mañas retired from her successful business to pursue her love of art making in 2006. After majoring in art at the University of Oregon, she expanded her skills by studying with numerous professional artists in the Pacific Northwest, Italy, France, and Mexico. Known for her plein-air landscape paintings and impressionistic still life work, Mañas made a sudden departure in style after spending winters in Mexico. Her work is shown at Jacob's Gallery and Passionflower Designs in Eugene, Oregon. She also shows at Guardino Gallery in Portland and at Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon. She was featured on Oregon Art Beat, an OPB program showcasing Oregon Artists, in January 2011.

Rogene teaches her innovative techniques at mixed media workshops in Eugene and Portland. She has also been an instructor at Lane Community College and in the public schools as an artist in residence. “I have always lead informal workshops for friends and high school students. Inspiring others to make art is almost better than making art myself. Either way, I try to make art everyday."

Statement:  Rogene Mañas creates works with unique, primitive art styles and inventive mixed media techniques. Combining plant, bird, and insect imagery with figurative elements in a slightly surrealistic fashion, she explores and illuminates what she calls “the essence within.”  Drawing from her imagination, her organic and often haunting compositions reflect both her Mediterranean heritage and her passion for Mexican folk art. Using paper maché clay, collage materials and acrylic paint, she creates sculptural reliefs and textural paintings with lively color pallets.


Stacy Jo Scott


The ability of useful everyday objects to enter our homes and touch the most common events of our lives imbues these objects with a certain significance that only the intimacy of function can allow. These are the objects we hold in our hands, and touch to our lips.  In these acts of intimacy, art and careful design can reach us when we are least expecting it, when we have our guards down.  When these objects carry conceptual significance, it is in these unexpected moments that the ideas can penetrate our lives in the most subversive and subtle ways.


Through the lens of functional ceramics I examine the role of handcrafted objects within the current context of a disposable culture.  Specifically interesting to me is the role of everyday domesticity and the place of art and concept in this sphere. Especially prevalent in my current work is the subtle narrative of personal story.  I relate imagery through surface drawings from my own experience in the iconic and disjointed schema of memory or dream.  These images appear or recede to illicit reactions as through a clouded  memory.   My forms are lively and well-meaning and indicate the same sort of intentional whimsy that is evident in the drawings. 

 

James Tingey
James Tingey is a ceramic artist whose work explores ideas of utility, process, material and landscape. Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, he received his Master’s of Fine Art with a focus in Ceramics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2012. He has exhibited his work widely in over 40 nationally juried and invitational shows since 2006 including five consecutive Strictly Functional Pottery National exhibits, and received awards from the 2012 Clemson Ceramics National, and Studio Potter Magazine in 2011. His work as been featured in 500 Cups, Woodfired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists, and 500 Teapots, Vol 2.





Jon Burns
Ellen Davidson
Shannon Hardin
Leah Howell
Pam Horn
Jesse Jones
Terri May
Aradia Myrrh
Lynn Pedersen
Karen Perkins
Bob Richardson
Katie Swenson
Margie Templeton
Mariah Rose Williams
Donna Yutzy
James Laub
Josh Allen
Rogene Maņas
Beverly Soasey
Stacy Jo Scott
James Tingey