Community Interviews

Student Spotlight: Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson started taking classes at NCC in 1991 and has been thriving in clay ever since. Janet says, “NCC is a stimulating place for me to enjoy creating all sorts of ceramic forms.” She taught high school art with a focus on drawing and painting, and since retiring has blossomed in the world of ceramics. She has enjoyed taking handbuilding classes with teaching artist Marion Angelica.

Artist Spotlight: Kat Wheeler

Kat Wheeler is a potter from Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2008, she received her BFA in Ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Crafts at Tennessee Tech University. While working towards her degree, Wheeler worked part-time for two established studio potters, Peter Rose and Judy Brater. Under their guidance, she helped fire the wood kiln and maintain the studio while learning studio practice and production techniques. 

Artist Spotlight: Brett Freund, McKnight Artist Fellow

Brett Freund’s work incorporates color, sketching, and repetition. He intuitively constructs from slip cast parts. The result is a single product that communicates preciousness, but is manipulated with a chaotic energy. Although he essentially uses prototypes and reproducible parts, he creates decorative objects with personal, interior spaces.

Freund is a 2018 recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists and NCC is proud to be part of his professional and creative journey.

Artist Spotlight: Bryan Czibesz, McKnight Artist Resident

“I am at heart a tinkerer, and regularly working with my hands is at the core of how I engage with the world.”

Bryan Czibesz came to NCC’s McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists from the Hudson Valley, where he teaches at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Grounded in the tradition of object making, he asks questions of authorship and authenticity through varying degrees of engagement and dislocation between the hand and material manipulation. 

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