Claymakers
705 Foster Street  Durham, NC 27701
(919) 530-8355 ::  info@claymakers.org
Instructors



 Anya Avrutskaya


Anya Avrutskaya, a resident of Durham, has studied pottery since 1998 with a focus on functional forms in stoneware and porcelain. Anya started her studies with wheel throwing classes at Carrboro ArtsCenter, and continually takes classes and workshops with local and visiting ceramics artists. Pottery quickly became her favorite hobby and a passion. She is a frequent participant in local shows and fairs. Anya had been teaching pottery at the Carrboro ArtsCenter for several years and is excited to share her love of clay.


 Gaines Bailey

Gaines Bailey Gaines Bailey is a potter, sculptor, and educator living and working in his hometown of Raleigh. Influence for his work comes from classical forms, experience studying ceramics in Japan, as well as small details of everyday life. The results of these interests are elegant forms, often treated with altered and textured surfaces. Gaines received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina and recently received his MFA in Ceramics from East Carolina University. He has served as Studio Manager at The Crafts Center at NC State and as an instructor at Pullen Park Arts Center in Raleigh.

 Deborah Harris

Deborah Harris is a studio potter based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her clay explorations began with local workshops including Arrowmont and Penland. Most recently, her adventures expanded to China, Japan and South Korea enriching her pottery perspective. This experience has her melding eastern and western aesthetics into her current passion of creating contemporary porcelain forms, dressed in the ancient glazes of Japanese shinos and Chinese celadons. www.deborahharrispottery.com/




 Lisa Brown

Lisa remembers a lovely little porcelain vase, given to her when she was five, as the starting point for her appreciation of pottery! She joined the action in 2005 with a first Claymakers class, where she has continued studying to the present. Lisa has augmented her Claymakers experience by taking private lessons, and attending a variety of workshops across the country, working with nationally recognized artists.

 Christopher Donald

Christopher Donald received his BFA in Ceramics from the Center for Creative Studies in Michigan and has been a ceramic artist for 20 years. He was the head of the Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum of Pottery which produced reproductions of Early American ceramics. He has worked as a production artist making both wheel thrown and hand built ceramics and most recently taught ceramics at Boston University.


 Charlie Evergreen

Charlie is an artist native to the Carolinas, working as a painter for many years, and currently as a sculptor and potter. His formal arts education includes The SC Governors School for the Arts, and The Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, California. He also credits the other Claymakers instructors for his knowledge of ceramics. His work is influenced by science, nature, and Eastern aesthetics, and regularly evolves through experimentation. He has received grants and sponsorships from The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, and has been featured in 53 exhibits since 1998. His work is in both private and corporate collections. He has his ceramic studio at Claymakers.


 Nancy Garrett-Mead

Nancy began working with clay under the loving tutelage of Ann Settle at Durham’s Edison Johnson Recreation Center in 2003. Here she learned to throw with a kick wheel and soon apprenticed as a studio and teaching assistant. In 2007, her interest in pottery led her to Claymakers, an exploration of the unpredictable and often forgiving nature of atmospheric firings, and additional behind the scenes responsibilities in the studio. You may see her around cutting up with fellow students and instructors during class, mixing glazes or loading kilns, and adding pots to any soda firing she can.


 Julie Olson

With over 30 years experience working with clay, Julie Olson operates White Oak Pottery in Durham, NC. She has taught advanced pottery classes at North Carolina State University's Crafts Center for over twenty years, and teaches private lessons from her studio. She is the recipient of a number of artist grants and craft awards.

 Elizabeth Paley

Elizabeth Paley took her first pottery class in 2002 and has been teaching at Claymakers since 2007. A professional organist and pianist, she likens working with clay to practicing a musical instrument: both processes invite one to balance technique with improvisation, to develop an appreciation for form and detail, and to discover a personal creative voice. Her pots typically start at the wheel and are often altered or combined with other thrown or hand-built elements. She enjoys the tinkering and problem-solving challenges of moving from an initial concept for a form to its realization as an actual pot.



 Ronan Peterson

Ronan Peterson graduated from the University of North Carolina. He lives and works full time in his studio in Chapel Hill. He was chosen by Ceramics Monthly Magazine as one of 13 Emerging Artists in 2004; in 2005 he received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. He was a core student at Penland School of Crafts in 2000 and 2001. Ronan's pots are decorative with some concern for function and his forms and surfaces draw heavily from the natural world. More information is available at NineToesPottery.com.








 Katya Prince


Katya Prince has been a part-time clay artist for over 30 years. She has a home studio in Durham and currently focuses on functional work fired in her Cone-6 soda kiln. She began her training in college at University of California at Santa Barbara with an emphasis on sculpture and handbuilding. She has continued her education with workshops at Penland, Haystack, and Claymakers. She is excited to have the opportunity to share her extensive knowledge of all things clay with you! To see examples of her work, visit www.katyaprince.com.



 Geoff Lloyd

Geoff Lloyd worked as a production potter at Crocker & Springer Stoneware in Elsah, Illinois before returning to North Carolina to establish his studio near Wake Forest. For the past 20 years, Geoff has continued to develop his line of pottery, as well as occasionally doing production work for other potters and serving as a pottery instructor, and he now presents a collection of functional, ash glazed porcelain that merges elements of traditional and contemporary forms.





 Caroly Van Duyn

Caroly Van Duyn is a graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Purchase, with further studies at Wesleyan Guild and The Silvermine Guild of Artists, and The Taos Institute of Art in New Mexico. Caroly was the 2006 Artist in Residence at The North Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ. Visit www.carolyvanduyn.com to see more.






 Evelyn Ward

Evelyn Ward received her BFA from California State at Fullerton and although her focus was in Printmaking, developed a love for clay while there. After moving to NC in 1995, she started pursuing pottery seriously. Over the years, Evelyn has attended many workshops and classes, including a course at Penland in 2004. In addition to teaching regularly at Claymakers, she is the principal ceramics instructor at Piedmont Community College. Evelyn recently moved to Hurdle Mills, NC, and set up a new studio where she works full-time making soda-fired pots. For more information visit www.evelynwardpottery.com.