Our Faculty

A core part of Clay Art Center’s mission is to ignite passion for ceramics, and to help foster new artists in the community. Our incredible faculty has been furthering this mission for decades; helping artists of all levels develop and hone their skills. 


Keiko Ashida 

Keiko studied pottery in Mashiko, Japan and received her BFA at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She continued to pursue pottery through a pottery institute followed by an apprenticeship in Mashiko, a traditional pottery town in Japan, where she studied with master potters. Keiko has had numerous solo exhibits in Japan, and has been teaching at CAC since shortly after she arrived in New York with her husband.

In her classes, Keiko emphasizes the importance of using technique to ensure the functionality of an object, and guides students in applying techniques to their own designs. Keiko’s classes are highly collaborative, and rich with conversation and laughter.  


Jeanne Carreau

Jeanne majored in Japanese culture at Stanford University, then was trained as a potter’s apprentice in Japan. She received her MA from UC Berkeley in East Asian Studies, writing an MA thesis comparing the Japanese ceramics traditions of Bizen and Hagi. She has also published both translations and original articles on Japanese ceramics. She has exhibited her work in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York. During her more than 40 years as ceramics instructor, she has taught children and adults in California, Hong Kong, and New York. She currently teaches beginning and intermediate wheel courses, as well as special needs classes and private lessons for adults and children. Jeanne particularly enjoys the challenge of throwing large forms on the wheel.


Georgia Tenore

Georgia has been making pots and teaching for over 40 years, and has been at CAC for 20. She has studied at Haystack and apprenticed and worked at Scargo Pottery, Dennis, MA, with her mentor, Harry Holl, and was a porcelain consultant for Dansk. Georgia’s work has been shown in the Hudson River Museum and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Georgia strongly believes in creating a supportive and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom, and her classes are lively and full of exploration. She's full of knowledge of technique and has a keen eye for bringing together form and decoration. 

Georgia teaches beginning through advanced wheel throwing classes.


Reena Kashyap

Reena had a corporate career before she entered the field of ceramics. She studied ceramics with Judith Weber of New Rochelle before setting up her own studio in 1989, making functional porcelain and stoneware pottery. Attending Penland School of Crafts for summer workshops ignited her lifelong love for clay. As the Director Emeritus of Clay Art Center, Reena has strived to juggle her time between making pots and at same time, nurturing the programs and people who walk through CAC’s doors. She has exhibited her work at craft shows and galleries all over the US. She loves teaching and watching her students grow artistically. 


Judith Weber

Judith has been a ceramic artist for over 50 years. Motivated by the relationship between form and function she has spent most of her professional life designing limited edition dining accessories. Her work has been featured in Tableware Today, Gourmet, Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living and Bon Appétit magazines. She has been represented at museum shops throughout the United States including SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally in design galleries and specialized boutiques. As an artist who thrives on challenge and diversity, she also creates custom tile for residential and commercial application. Her focus is now on developing highly personal ceramic installations that strive to capture the essence of a client’s experience, an environment, or a memory, thereby creating a permanent, intimate work of art.


Harriet Ross

A talented clay artist and avid educator, Harriet Ross’s clay journey started in Seoul, Korea in l967.  For three years she “buried herself” in pottery learning and making, continually interactingwith three American potters and Korean folk potters. After moving back to the States in 1970, Harriet set up her studio in her home, took lessons from CAC artist Wayne Cardinalli and fired her work at Clay Art Center. This quickly led to her three decades of teaching at Westchester Art Workshop, educating individuals young and old throughout Westchester County.  Harriet led workshops in Brazil, in the suburbs of Paris and she even taught clay once a week at Bedford Correctional Institution, a women’s prison, under their South 40 Project. When Clay Art Center’s education programs began, Harriet often brought her students to see the exhibitions and take workshops, and in many ways she “set the place on fire.”  Many of her students found their way to Clay Art Center, and ultimately, in 2011 she and her students permanently migrated here.