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Tony Albrecht
Tony Albrecht earned his BFA in sculpture at Webster University and an MA and MFA in painting from Fontbonne College. He has taught at Fontbonne, UMSL and Parkway Community Centers.
Bev Aroh
Bev Aroh has worked as a studio potter in California for 20 years and at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design for the last ten years. She creates wheel-thrown and altered porcelain and stoneware, as well as Raku, and has exhibited her work throughout the United Sates.
Dan Barnett
Dan Barnett earned a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from SIU-Edwardsville. His experience as chemist, ceramics instructor and studio technician are a great resource in his teaching at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. His ceramic work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and both his metal work and his clay work are in many private collections.
John Boss has a BS in Art from SIUE. He has worked with clay pottery for over twenty years with a focus is on high fire reduction pottery, specializing in functional ware. John offers his work in many different venues and his work resides all over the world.
Lisa Colby
Lisa Colby has recently returned to St. Louis, where she maintains her own jewelry and metalsmithing studio. She has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, exhibits nationally, and her work has been published in Lark Book's 1,000 Rings. Lisa’s work is currently represented at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery and Penland Gallery.
Andrew Denney
Andrew Denney earned his BA from Bradford College and MFA from the RIT, School for American Crafts. He apprenticed with the Ohi Chozaemon family in Japan, which has made tea ceremony utensils since 1666. His ceramics have appeared in several national and international exhibitions.
Elaine Diller has an MS from Case Western reserve, Ohio. She has been turning wood at Craft Alliance since 2006, after studying pottery and metalsmithing for many years. She has teaching experience with students of all levels and backgrounds.
Kelly Draper
Kelly Draper received a BA in French from Webster University. She has studied metalsmithing with Joe Muench and Jan Hessel and has shown her work at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and other locations throughout St. Louis.
Peg Fetter Peg Fetter received her BFA in drawing from Winthrop College and her MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis under the tutelage of Heikki Seppa. Peg has exhibited her jewelry creations in the metropolitan area for some time.
CARLENE FULLERTON is a local artist and educator with a focus on textile media. She is a member of the St. Louis Fiber’d Artists and the Missouri Fiber Artists (MOFA) groups. Her work is shown both locally and regioanllly.
Jacob Francois has an MFA form the University of Nebraska and a BFA form Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Recently he was the Sculpture Artist in Residence at Pratt Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York.
Kim Fritts
Kim Fritts earned a BFA degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and continued at the university in the medical school as medical illustrator and graphic designer. Kim's ceramic pieces are well known in the area for their whimsical images drawn from folk tales, science fiction and fantasy.
Alice Gadel
Alice M. Gadel is originally from New Orleans, LA. She worked as the Prop Creator for an organization called “Teaching Responsible Earth Education” for nine years. She began teaching at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in 2000, and works primarily with young children in clay and two-dimensional media.
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Michael Gleason
Michael Gleason received his BFA from the University of Kansas in silversmithing. He is a charter member of the Midwest Metalsmiths Society and has written articles and held workshops promoting the organization. Michael's commissions and jewelry may be seen throughout St. Louis area.
Becky Grass
Becky Grass received her MFA in textiles at SIU-Edwardsville and a BFA from Southeast Missouri State University. She teaches fiber classes and undergraduates in the Kranzberg Art Center/Grand Center for St. Louis University.
Mary Henderson
Mary Henderson holds a BFA in ceramics from SIU-Edwardsville and a BA in anthropology from Beloit College. She brings to her teaching a knowledge of prehistoric ceramics and technology, as well as a passion for expressive work in clay. Besides teaching, Mary is an artist who maintains a studio in St. Louis.
Jan Hessel
Jan Hessel has wide experience teaching metals and has been instrumental in the development of the metals program at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. She earned her MFA degree in Art Metahowels from Washington University in Saint Louis where she studied with master goldsmith Heikki Seppa.
Aaron Holderman has a BFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He works as a bench jeweler and CAD Designer in St. Louis, MO and exhibits his work regionally.
Cindy Howenstein
Cindy Howenstein graduated from SIU-Edwardsville with a BFA in and has an AD from Forest Park Community College. She has studied with Helen Shirk and has taken workshops with Chuck Evans. Cindy is represented in the Evansville Museum of Art; she sells and exhibits her jewelry and sculpture throughout the region.
Deborah Katon
Deborah Katon has her MFA and BFA in sculpture. She has studied in Rome, Italy, Sydney, Australia, and Nanjing, China. She has been blowing glass for over ten years and currently teaches a variety of the glass classes at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. Her work can be seen online at www.katonstudios.com.
Michelle Katz-Reichlin
Michele Katz-Reichlin has studied with sculptors Sue Eisler, Peter Hoell, Joe Muench and Paul Sasso. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and a MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis; her background in social work and activity therapy has led her to specialize in teaching art to children and adults with special needs.
Matt Keim
MATT KEIM is an active member of the Woodturners of St. Louis both as a Member Mentor and past president. He has won numerous awards in regional exhibits and teaches classes and workshops throughout the area. His turned wood pieces can be seen in the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Gallery shop and at www.keimartworks.com.
Stefanie Kirkland
Stefanie Jacobson Kirkland received her MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. She received her BFA at Syracuse University in New York and studied with Syracuse University in Florence, Italy and the American University based in Corciano, Italy. Kirkland has shown nationally and is collected privately. In addition to teaching, she is currently the Exhibitions Coordinator at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design.
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Joanne Kluba
Joanne Kluba is a St. Louis book artist, specializing in fine bindings, art books and custom books. She has a BFA from Webster University in Saint Louis and has been studying bookmaking for over 10 years. Her books have been exhibited in France and throughout the United States. Her works may also be viewed at www.paperbirds.com.
Grace Kubilius is the 2014 Fiber Artist-in-Residence. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, with a concentration in Fashion. She is interested in using traditional fiber techniques to form new surfaces, textiles and studies with a diverse range of materials.
Blake La Rue has a BFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has taught ceramics to all ages and joins Craft Alliance this year as an instructor of clay summer camps and classes. He exhibits his work both locally and regionally.
Noël Leicht
NoËl Leicht is a studio metals artist and writer whose narrative contemporary jewelry tells a story. She learned metalsmithing at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and has studied with a variety of artists at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. She exhibits her work in shows around the St. Louis area. You can see her narrative work online at www.noelleicht.com.
Kevin Lin
Kevin Lin received his MFA from SIU-Edwardsville in metalsmithing. He is an instructor at a local college and has exhibited both locally and internationally.
Andrea Linskey attended Truman State University for a BA and MAE.  She has been working in clay for seven years and most enjoys making thrown and altered functional vessels.
QUN Lui studied fine art and graduated from a university in China and then later moved to Paris for two years to continue her studies in contemporary art. Qun was introduced in felting concepts and design in Paris and has been working with felt materials for over six years.


Robert Longyear
Robert Longyear received his BFA in design and metalsmithing from University of Kansas in 2000 and g his MFA at SIU-Edwardsville. He brings down the hammer with organic styles and strives to define an intuitive juncture between himself and his students.
Denise Mandel
Denise Mandel was commissioned to weave "Papal Coat of Arms" tapestry for the Pope's visit to St. Louis. This is the fifth work by Denise purchased by the Cathedral Basilica. She earned her BFA at Kansas City Art Institute and has produced an instructional video entitled, "Creating a Weaving Canvas."
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Cathy McBride
Cathy McBride is a painter, photographer and fiber artist, and graduated from Southwest Missouri with a BS in Art Education. Even during the 25 years Cathy spent in the cosmetic industry, she was painting and taking photographs. She began learning about Shibori in classes at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and has studied with Yoshiko Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom.
Tom McCarthy has an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has been making jewelry for thirty years. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. McCarthy and has contributed a chapter to The Penland Book of Jewelry, Lark Books. See more at tommccarthyjewelry.com
Kitty Mollman
Kitty Mollman received her BA in Art History from Wellesley College and her MEd from Harvard University. She has been a potter for many years and four years ago discovered the joys of working with fused glass in a class at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. Her work is exhibited at several area galleries.
Laura Elizabeth Mullen has an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia. Her work combines metalsmithing techniques with material exploration to create work that comments on contemporary society. She was the Craft Alliance 2012/13 Metals Artist-in-Residence.
Norleen Nosri is the 2014-2015 Ceramics Artist-in-Residence and received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Columbia. She has taught all levels of pottery classes to children and adults. Norleen works as a studio artists and exhibits her work nationally.
Nicole Ottwell has an MFA in Fibers from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a BFA from SIUE. She exhibits her fiber work regionally and currently teaches fibers at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.
Michael Parrett
Michael Parrett earned a BA in graphic design and photography from Webster University and his MFA from SIU-Edwardsville while studying with Paulette Myers. Michael exhibits his jewelry, flatware, hollowware and sculptures locally and nationally and has recently been published in the Lark Book 500 Metal Vessels: Contemporary Explorations of Containment. He was  the 2009-2010 Metals Artist-in-Residence at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in Grand Center.
Audrey Peck is the Metals Artist-in Residence at Craft Alliance in Grand Center.  She has a n MFA for East Carolina University and a BFA form Oklahoma State. Mementos collected from nature inspire and are included in her work.
Deborah Waldman-Pontious received her BFA from SIUE with an emphasis in textiles. She integrates her knowledge of geometry into her designs, along with knitting, embroidery, beadwork, and other embellishing techniques. She designs under the name Hypatia 61 and has exhibited locally over the years.
Joan Powell
Joan Powell studied Fine Art at Rhode Island School of Design, received BA in Ceramics from Webster University. Her experience includes graphic design, painting, drawing and ceramics. She has taught clay/wheel-throwing, and Raku classes and has participated in a variety of workshops. Her work is exhibited locally and nationally and in clay publications.

Ruth Reese ruth reese Known for her surreal porcelain sculptures, Ruth Reese, is a sculptor and ceramicist fascinated with pathos and the grafted identity. Reese was captivated by New Orleans where she ventured and studied, receiving her BA in Literature from Loyola University.   In New Orleans, Reese was a studio assistant for multi-media artist Jan Gilbert.  She went on to earn her MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, where she used claydirt to create architectural installations. Ruth is the 2013-2014 Clay Artist-in-Residence.
Luanne Rimel
Luanne Rimel, currently the Senior Director of Education & Exhibition Programs at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, earned an MFA in Fibers from SIU-Edwardsville and has taught numerous workshops, college classes and residencies in fiber-related media. Her combined silk and photographic work is exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in many private collections. You can see her work at www.luannerimel.com
Mary Lou Ryan graduated from Stephens College with a teaching certification in English and History. She discovered lampworking at Craft Alliance, taking several classes with Karen Woodward and Sue Wuest and many workshops with visiting glass artists.
Shweta Sarraf is from India where she completed Textile Design from the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), India, and won the best design of the year award. She has teaching experience with both children and adults and expertise in traditional and contemporary Tie and Dye.
Katrina Shannon has a BA from Saint Louis University with specialization in Photography and Multimedia. She has more than 10 years of experience working with youth and developing programs that focus on storytelling through the lens of the camera.
Nancy Spence
Nancy Spence received her BS in Art Education from Eastern Illinois University and her Master's degree in Art Therapy from SIU-Edwardsville. In both two-dimensional works and three-dimensional clay and mixed media sculpture, she tries to instill in her students a sense of adventure to experiment with the materials, and the freedom to find their own unique styles.

Pam Stanley
Pam STANLEY received an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. Pam has taught both children and adults all aspects of working with clay, and her work has been exhibited throughout the country.
Yuko Suga
Yuko Suga received an Intense Minor in Metals from Washington University in Saint Louis under the tutelage of Heikki Seppa and a Master's in Occupational Therapy form the Washington University School of Medicine. She works with children with special needs and facilitates skill development through art, play and movement. Her work in metals is exhibited both locally and nationally.
Meri Ellen Taylor has an MA in Education from Maryville University and has been creating with metals for over 25 years. Her work employs a variety of techniques, often utilizing unexpected and alternative materials to execute her designs.
PATRICK TULLER earned an AD of Arts from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO and a BA in Commercial Art from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.  Patrick is an art teacher with an extensive background in comics and graphic design.  He also works as a freelance artist for Image Comics and Antarctic Press.
Carla Tuetken has a Maters of Education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and currently teaches art at Hazelwood High School. She is an active silk painter and watercolor artist] and joins the faculty of Craft Alliance this fall.
Bernhard Voss
Bernhard Voss has worked with wood all his adult life as a cabinet maker, carpenter, shop teacher and wood turner. He taught in the Fine Art Department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis for over 8 years. His turned wood pieces are currently carried in the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Gallery Shop.
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Evan Wagman has an MFA in Ceramics from SIUE. He has exhibited his work nationally and has taught in various museums and art centers across the country. Evan is the 2013/14 Craft Alliance Ceramics Artist-in-Residence.
Janice Wallace
Janice Wallace holds an AD from Penn Valley Community College and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in drawing and printmaking. Her work appeared in the International Print Exchange at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.


Thomas Wiggins Thomas Wiggins studied for six years in South America before returning to the US to complete his BFA degree at Kent State University in Kent, OH. He teaches wheel-throwing at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a NEA/NEFA Artist Fellowship.
Sue Wuest
Sue Wuest has been exploring many different art media throughout her artistic life. Lampwork became the focus of her creativity as soon as the introduction was made over 5 years ago. She has studied with Jim Smircich, Corina Tettinger and Jeri Warhaftig. Her work is sold locally and has been featured in Corina's Spotlight On book series. She is currently the Treasurer of the St. Louis Lampworkers Society.
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Leia Zumbro studied at SIU Edwardsville with Paulette Myers, receiving her BFA in Metalsmithing in 2007.  In 2012, she received an MFA in Metals from East Carolina University.  She is currently exhibiting her work nationally and in the Craft Alliance Gallery Shop.


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