Faculty

Molly Atryzek attended Massachusetts College of Art as an undergraduate and graduate student where she received her BFA in Illustration and Fibers and a Master's of Arts in Teaching. In her own art, she experiments with a variety of media including fabric dying, hand embroidery, appliqué, paint and collage. Her work reflects on themes such as nostalgia, family, relationships and food.

 

 

 

Jasmine Baetz is a ceramic artist living, learning and teaching in Boston. She has a BA in Religious Studies from University of Toronto, and is completing her BFA in Ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been teaching art classes for children and adults in different schools and studios in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and currently teaches in several pottery studios in the Boston area.

 

 

 
Lauren Blais
earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in small metals. She is a Boston based designer and maker recently named "Best of Boston" by the Improper Bostonian. Her hand-crafted collections inspired by Victorian Era ornamentation include dark, deft and delicate constructions of sterling silver etched with antique wallpaper patterns and accented with the highest quality natural gemstones, raw minerals, fur, exotic leathers and 18kt gold. Blais' jewelry is predominately crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, piercing, forming, fabricating and enameling.

 

 

 

 

John Carvajal received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has been published in various anthologies, including Compositional Studies, Maple Key, Strangelet and others. Carvajal has also exhibited his work in the UK, Canada and in the States at various comic festivals. He has been teaching drawing, painting, cartooning and printmaking at various community art centers for the last 4 years.

 

 

 

Faith Connor attended University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth, where she received her BFA in Ceramics. She is a functional potter who works on the wheel and with high fire porcelain. Her work focuses on forms that encourage use and promote thoughtfulness and slowing down everyday life.

 

 

 

Elena Dahl received her BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster and her MFA in Photography from the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida. She has participated in artist residencies and exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her photographs and installations are inspired by themes such as utopian architecture, nature, mythology and the construction of gender. She has been teaching photography and digital art for over five years.

 

 

 
Nicole Gsell is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Fine Arts Illustration. She received her Master's of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gsell worked as Creative Director for the independent children’s book company Pinwheel Books in Brookline, MA for three years. Some books she has published include: The Tremendous Pagoda Tree of Martha's Vineyard, published by Lychee Books in 2013 and We Are Twins, The Story of Sam and Ben, published by Pinwheel Books in 2011. Her latest book, Spit and Sticks, a Chimney Full of Swifts, will be released and available in bookstores nationwide September 29, 2015 by Charlesbridge Publishing. 

 

 

Peg Kane holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master's of Arts in Painting from Pius XII Institute in Florence, Italy. She has exhibited her work at various galleries in the Boston area.

 

 

 

Leonie Little-Lex has a BFA in Illustration and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a painter, printmaker and freelance illustrator, her recent work includes cartoon drawings for Hello Essay:
https://www.helloessay.com/about/editing-and-proofreading-services. Little-Lex works and teaches in a variety of media; she is also the Studio Coordinator for the Brookline Arts Center.

 

 

 

Laurie Longtin is a Boston based ceramic artist. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Since earning her degree, she has continued making and assistant teaching at MassArt, the BAC and Harvard’s Ceramics Program. She recently spent one month at Elsewhere Studios in Colorado. While there, she used imagery from previously unknown Western landscapes to create a body of functional ware. Her vessels are inspired by divination and ornamented by nature.

 

 

Karenna Maraj graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. She creates and sells her own jewelry: “Washers and Sticks.” She opened the gallery Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in 2010 in Belmont, MA where she displays her work and that of other local artists.

 

 

 

Nora Miller earned her BFA at the College of the Holy Cross.  From there, she studied the art of jewelry making from Worcester Center of Crafts.  She has worked under jewelers with varying styles and techniques, including Emily Scott of E. Scott Originals.  With a wide range of skills, Miller has found a balance of artistic integrity through fine craftsmanship.

 

 

 

Tom Norton earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Shortly thereafter, he established Apparel Decor in New York City, making costume jewelry out of machine parts. In the nineties, he invented Walnut Drawing Ink® and the Walnut Drawing Stick, selling those products to over 200 art stores across the country. His work has appeared on the cover of Harpers Bazaar and can be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum in Framingham, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Stedeliik Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. 

 

 

 

Janine Robinson lives in Cambridge, MA. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating, Robinson began teaching art to preschoolers and has had the privilege of doing so ever since! In her free time she enjoys sewing and watching people dance, especially her son.

 

 

 

Lillian Rodriguez is a ceramic and multi-media artist currently living in Cambridge, MA. After earning her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, she lived in Florence, Italy for a year-long artist residency.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and published in the Tuscan literary magazine “The Sigh Press.” Her work uses the human form to focus on the dualities of identity and anonymity, virtue and vice, often bringing feminist discourse into discussion. She also writes poetry to complement her visual work.

 

 

 

Mitch Shiles is ceramic and multimedia artist currently working in the Greater Boston area. He earned his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, and has exhibited nationally. His work involves a multitude of materials merged through  computer aided methods and older craft techniques. 

 

 

 
George Summers received his BFA from UMass Dartmouth and has been working in batik for over 20 years. His work has been exhibited from Massachusetts to Key West, Florida and is profiled in The Crafters Book of Angels and The Ultimate T-Shirt Book by Deborah Morgenthal. By day, Summers works at the Society of Arts and Crafts as the Retail Manager.

 

 

 

Damaris Swass is a fine artist whose media includes ceramics, printmaking and sound. Her work focuses on intimacy, intrapersonal relationships and family. She also creates functional pieces in ceramics and small metals. She is currently completing her BFA in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

 

 
Ashley Vick started Filomena Demarco Jewelry after graduating with a BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. When she began making jewelry, Vick found her interest was in creating wearable sculpture and that her inspiration was drawn mainly from colors and forms found in nature. As she continues to develop and deepen her technical aptitude and style, utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, her initial inspiration remains, and she continues to draw from and incorporate elements found in nature in new and exciting ways. Vick's jewelry has been included for publication in Lark Books', "500 Series", Darling Publications and can be purchased in galleries nationwide.

 

 

 

Heather Wang  received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art in London, England. Upon her return, Heather found work as a costume jewelry designer, and then briefly as a high end flute maker. Along the way, she found her current studio space at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA and started her own business in early 2007.