Clare Lewis: Clare Lewis has a degree from Smith College (Northampton, MA) and also studied at the Cornell University Summer Studios in Art (Ithaca, NY), Brookfield Craft Center (Brookfield, CT) and John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC). Clare started out as a functional potter but found her interests led her to more sculptural forms. Currently she feels her work is situated between the functional potters and the sculptural artists. In her class along with the creative process you will learn the right balance of form, design, color and texture.
Lisa Scroggins: BFA, Parsons School of Design; studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Silvermine Guild of Art; professional ceramic artist for 15 years; numerous group shows and awards; published in The New York Times, and other national and regional publications; studio in Ridgefield, CT.
Elizabeth Ives: Elizabeth has been involved in textile arts since 1998. She holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in history from Villanova University. She has worked in a variety of fashion fields including theatrical costuming and historical clothing and textiles. She is a passionate weaver and hand spinner and enjoys sharing that craft with others. Additionally she also teaches dyeing, felting, shibori and surface embellishment.
Christine Wilkinson: Christine Wilkinson received a BA in Studio Arts from Smith College and advanced degrees in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and The Union Institute and University. Her lifelong passion for all fiber arts has taken the form of weaving, stitching, quilting and surface embellishment. She is an active member of FiberWorks, a collective of fiber artists based in western Connecticut.
Joanne Conant: Commercial art degree, Minneapolis Technical Inst.; taught for Tuscon Museum of Art School, Eastern CT State College; received awards from and is represented in the Tucson Museum collection. Website: http://www.joanneconant.com
Rachel Morris: Rachel holds a BA in Theater Arts with an emphasis in design from Drew University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Monmouth University. She has studied a wide array of jewelry arts from instructors such as John Cogswell, Joanne Conant, Raychel Wengenroth, Joy Raskin, and Annemarie Ciuffini. Rachel’s family moved frequently when she was young, but a constant for her remained her art classes. When she moved to Norman, Oklahoma, she found the Firehouse Art Center and her world opened up. FAC’s programs included ceramics, printmaking, and fiber arts, but it was the enameling and metalsmithing that captured her attention. Years later, having wandered away from the craft for a time to study theater, she lucked upon Annemarie Ciuffini teaching at Brookfield Craft Center, in Brookfield, CT. Annemarie’s enthusiasm and ability to encourage her students' freedom to design as they chose revived Rachel’s interest. Through her own love of learning and due in great part to the array of projects her students want to attempt, Rachel constantly strives to master new techniques and designs. She teaches introductory and intermediate jewelry making classes with an emphasis in fabrication and wax work.
Kathy Corigliano: Kathy wandered into a glass fusing class at Snow Farm, the New England Craft Center, twelve years ago. She was captivated by the play of light on glass and the many forms and functions into which it could be made. She has been studying the art of kiln formed glass ever since. Her teachers and inspiration include glass artists Judith Conway, Kevin O’Tool, Paula Kochanak and Richard La Londa. Using hand rolled sheet glass or powdered glass, frit, stringer and rods, she employs many techniques to form the glass into functional as well as art pieces. Her work includes inclusions of metal such as copper, silver and gold.
Maureen Henriques: Maureen has degrees in photography and graphic design. She also studied metal work at Parsons in NY and gemology at the Gia Institute. She discovered flameworking in 1997 and started making beadds. Her work has been published in national beading magazines and can be found in galleries and bead stores across the country.
Dawn Lombard: Dawn Lombard is a glass artist who is fascinated by the combination of creativity and scientific complexity of working with glass. She strives to differentiate herself by creating earthy and organic style lampwork beads in her Monroe, CT studio. She has been working with glass since 2006. In 2013, she added metal work to her designs and continues to explore other media to incorporate into her art. To enhance her skills, she has attended classes by leading artisans including: Cynthia Liebler Saari, Nancy Tobey, Lauri Copeland, Joanne Conant, Pauline Warg and Joy Raskin. Her work has been featured in ‘1000 Jewelry Inspirations (Sandra Salamony 2011)’, ‘Creative Lampwork (Joan Gordon 2011),’ ‘Creating Glass Beads (Jeri L. Warhaftig 2011) ,’ and ‘1000 Beads (Kristina Logan 2014). Her designs have been sold at the Brookfield Craft Center, the Guilford Art Center, Silvermine Art Center, Creative Arts Workshop, Spectrum Gallery and via local artisan shows.
Suzanne Pisano: BS and MS, Iona College; designs and produces fine jewelry, photographs; studied silversmithing, lapidary, and glass manipulation under Fredricka Kulicke, Lessley Burke, Joy Raskin, Linda Banks, Annemarie Ciuffini, Stephanie Maddalena, and Kurt Patzlaff; operates studio in Newtown, CT.
Chris Doherty: Chris Doherty has been wielding a hammer since the late twentieth century and has been working and teaching at Brookfield Craft Center for the last four years. His work has been sold at local galleries and craft shows as well as online. He was the assistant instructor for blacksmithing at Peter’s Valley Craft Center in the summer of 2014 and is a member of the Northeast Blacksmiths Association. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the craft.
Matthew Parkinson: Self-taught blacksmith and sword maker; graduated from the manufacturing technologies program at Vinal R.V.T.S.; Falling Hammer Productions LLC produces custom knives and swords, high-end railings, furniture, and hardware.
Danna Phalen: Danna Phalen is a self taught artist and her life’s work up until a few years ago had been mainly acrylic on canvas. While on a journey to experiment with different art mediums she discovered the vibrancy and unpredictable nature of alcohol ink and the way it moves on YUPO paper, yielding exciting abstract and representational paintings. She is excited to bring this process to students at Brookfield Craft Center.
Linda McMillan is a Connecticut artist who loves to wander in nature, searching for inspiration and beauty in the world around her. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She works predominantly in the digital arts and colored pencil, as well as 3D art. She has been shown in galleries and shows in Nevada and Connecticut and her art is found in private collections. Her work has been featured in arts and literary magazines published by CP Treasures, Yale University, and others. As an arts educator, she enjoys being a part of her students' artistic journeys and guides them to find their own creative spark. She currently teaches at the high school level, working with students in many media including analog and digital photography, drawing, painting, and the 3D arts.
Karen Siegel is a Graphic Designer, visual artist and art educator. She is committed to creating meaningful and stimulating art programs to encourage students' ability, creativity, imagination, confidence and motivation. She has extensive teaching experience in a wide array of visual media and is influenced by two years of study in France at Ecole Des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre.
Mary Ann Sweeney is a Bassist/Composer/Arranger/Educator. Along with being a full time professional bassist in New York City, McSweeney is on the faculty for the Middle School Jazz Academy at Lincoln Center and the New York Jazz Workshop. Mary Ann has been practising yoga for 25 years and has combined sound healing with meditation, partnering with visual artists and yoga instructors to bring meditative music to these communities.