Meet the

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

2022-2023 residents
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Margaret Larson
Ceramics

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Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez
Ceramics

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Bianca Turner
Ceramics

about the residents

Margaret Larson

Margaret Larson joins us from the Seagrove area of North Carolina, where she has been working as a studio potter and intern, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019, from Guilford College, with

an emphasis on ceramics.

 

Margaret states of her pottery: “My pots are how I indulge my need to create, while producing somebody’s favorite mug, dish, or jar. I explore themes of nature, play, whimsy, and movement by decorating meticulously thrown functional pots, either with imagery or non-representational compositions. I throw all my attention into my forms and decoration as a way to ground myself or escape reality. Every aspect of the ceramic process lets me process emotions and experiences, and each unique surface and pot I create feels like a little love note or

journal entry - to myself or others. I can imbue all my care, love, and emotion into an individual piece, and the accessibility and daily interactivity of pottery allows me to

share that with friends or strangers. My favorite moments are in the studio decorating, and making myself or others laugh with an idea…”



Margaret will first be working as a Teaching Assistant in support of our Wheel I classes and teaching workshops, and will lead her own classes in the new year.

Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez

Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez is a recent graduate of UMass Dartmouth where she received her second MFA degree in ceramics, with an emphasis on sculpture.

 

Elizabeth states in her artist statement: “In my artwork, I investigate physical and emotional trauma and the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth by incorporating universal dichotomous themes such as life and loss; growth and destruction; beauty and darkness. My visual vocabulary is informed by observations of the natural world, including flora, and human anatomy. These images are integrated into my large-scale ceramic, hand-built, highly textural, biomorphic sculptures, with focal points of meticulous detail, which are hybridized forms of botanical and anatomical elements, invoking transformative and transcendent growth…”



Elizabeth will be teaching the Friday Night Hand Building class, starting in September 2022.

Bianca Turner

Bianca Turner recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford. She specializes in ceramic sculpture and recently defended her thesis through at the exhibition Hands On! At the Silpe Gallery, Hartford.



Bianca says of her work: “Bianca Turner is passionate about art and color. The use of colors allows her freedom of expression. Given her background, both of her parents are immigrants from Jamaica who came to the United States for better opportunities and higher ambition. This has meant Bianca becoming an artist. Overall, the passion for art and the desire to create started at an early age, but ceramics is something she has focused on for 5 years. Bianca feels this is a great medium for expressing feelings without having to verbalize them. Having an opportunity to work in clay and being able to visually connect her vision with others is essential to Bianca. Clay allows her total freedom to create.”

 

Bianca will first be working as a Teaching Assistant in support of our Hand Building classes and teaching workshops, and will lead her own classes in the new year.

Visit our page to learn more about the air program & application process.

Worcester Center for Crafts Artists-in-Residence alumni
Resident
Field/Medium
Year
Hailey Angione
Ceramics & Metals
2020-2021
Benton Webb
Ceramics
2020-2021
Sarah Montrond
Glass
2020
Riley Strong
Ceramics
2019-2021
Cali Almy
Ceramics
2019-2021
Sarah Bartolotta
Ceramics
2019-2021
Shane Dorey
Glass
2019-2020
Nikki Tsamis
Glass
2019-2020
Noam Fisherman
Ceramics
2019-2020
Lindsy Marshall
Glass
2018-2020
Moss Collins
Glass
2018-2020
Kim Gardner
Ceramics
2018-2019
Abby Nohai
Ceramics
2018-2019
Molly Roderick
Glass
2018-2019
Kristen "Momo" Shafer
Glass
2018-2019
Michelle Grey
Ceramics
2018-2019
Phoebe Scott
Ceramics
2018-2019
Angie McHale
Glass
2017-2019
Faith Connor
Ceramics
2017-2019
Paige Ward
Ceramics
2017-2018
McKayla Carville
Glass
2016-2018
Ian Petrie
Ceramics
2016-2018
Jon Glabus
Ceramics
2016-2018
Amanda Nardone
Glass
2016-2018
Josh Primmer
Ceramics
2016-2017
Alia Pialtos
Ceramics
2015-2017
Jessica Lipton
Ceramics
2015-2017
Hanna Brown
Glass
2015-2017
Joe Webster
Glass
2015-2016
Jessie Sullivan
Ceramics
2015-2016
Desiree Petty
Ceramics
2015-2016
Sarah Margolin
Glass
2015-2016
Tessera Hayes
Glass
2015-2016
J. Shannon Floyd
Glass
2015-2016
Dana Pomerantz
Glass
2014-2016
Emery Wenger
Glass
2013-2015
Steve Belz
Ceramics
2013-2015
Emilee Wooten
Ceramics
2013-2015
Stephanie Chubbuck
Glass
2013-2014
Dan Battat
Glass
2013-2014
Ariana Kolins
Ceramics
2013-2014
Dan Roe
Ceramics
2012-2014
Lauren Young
Ceramics
2012-2013
Tomo Sakai-Cruze
Glass
2011-2013
David Choi
Metals
2011-2013
Caitlin Vitalo
Glass
2011-2012
Peter Barbor
Ceramics
2011-2012
Rose Esson Dawson
Ceramics
2011-2012
Rachel Van Wagoner
Ceramics
2011-2012
Ian Gianlorenzo
Glass
2011 - 2013
Diane Chester-Demicco
Glass
2010-2012
Eric Cruze
Glass
2010-2012
Keunae Song
Glass
2010-2011
Rui Sasaki
Glass
2010-2011
Kate Lewis
Ceramics
2007-2009
Matt Eames
Ceramics
2007-2008
Roberta Massuch
Ceramics
2006-2007
Sarah Fine-Wilson
Ceramics
2005-2006
Holly Fischer
Ceramics
2005-2006
Joseph Fastaia
Ceramics
2004-2005
John Hasegawa
Ceramics
2004-2005
Hiroe Hanazono
Ceramics
2004-2005
Andrea Marquis
Ceramics Studio Tech
2003-2005
Kevin Snipes
Ceramics
2003-2004
Jill Burns
Ceramics
2001-2002
Kristen Kieffer
Ceramics
2001-2002
Katie Queen
Ceramics
2000-2001
Gregg Moore
Ceramics
1999-2000
Robbie Lobell
Ceramics
1995-1997
Julie Crosby
Ceramics
1995-1996
Susan Peterson
Ceramics
1994-1995
Ginny Gillen
Ceramics
1991-1992
Birdie Boone
Ceramics Studio Tech
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Liz Lurie
Ceramics Studio Tech
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