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

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

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

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

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. 

Jon

Jon Townley

Jon Townley received a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University and established a studio practice as a functional potter while showing and selling his work in the Midwest. Jon’s life took a turn when he was hired as the creative director for a computer animation company in Los Angeles. This departure from clay evolved into a successful career in visual effects and animation, leading to Jon’s. Jon’s recent work has evolved toward functional and decorative forms that reference nature and reflect his enduring regard for the Japanese ceramic aesthetic. Jon currently lives and maintains a studio in Katonah, New York.

 

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Logan Wall

Logan Wall is currently an artist in residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York where she is a ceramics instructor with a strong studio practice. Logan received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Florida where she discovered her interest in clay. From 2013-2014 Logan worked as the UNF Ceramics Studio Lab Assistant, furthering her efficiency in studio practices. Her work was featured in the Exposure Section of the December 2015 Issue of Ceramics Monthly. As an artist Logan is interested in functional objects with a strong focus on design. She is intrigued by the unique interaction each user will experience with her work.