I have been working in clay since I was a little thing and made my first sculpture, an ice cream sundae, followed closely by a pair of owls on a log, both of which are still in my collection!
I studied ceramics in earnest during college, then spent the next 10 or so years honing my technical skills during studio exchanges and work studies in private and community studios. Finally, after learning what I could through sheer trial and error, (still the best teachers, I believe) yet still yearning for serious feedback and aesthetic criticism, I went back to graduate school. I received my MFA from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005. Ready to take on the world, I moved back to Vermont soon after, and in 2008 launched Tabbatha Henry Designs.
Wood Carving Instructor
Bob is a flatlander that came to Vermont to escape the snowstorms from growing up in Buffalo, NY. He attended College at Oswego State. Bob’s interest in woodcarving began in 1975 after inheriting his grandfather’s woodcarving tools, and then teaching himself how to carve. He retired a few years ago after 40 years as the Industrial Arts and Design & Technology Instructor at Lamoille Union Middle and High School.
Bob enjoys doing carvings in all styles from wildfowl to chainsaw carvings. He has been a member of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers since moving to Vermont and serves as the Club’s Secretary, newsletter and website editor. He has taught numerous classes for the GMWC, the CVU ACCESS Program and Waterbury MakerSphere. An item of interest is that he has never sold any of his carvings, preferring to give them away as gifts to family and friends. While demonstrating Woodcarving at the Shelburne Harvest Festival, he was asked to sell one of his small bear cub carvings and instead invited the person to sign up for a Carving Class where they would learn how to create the piece for themselves, and get much more personal satisfaction.
Seminary Ceramics & Art Instructor
Mame grew up in Poultney, Vermont and moved to magnificent Duxbury 25+ years ago. She has taught children and adults clay and art for 20+ years. Many students began with Mame at the Schoolhouse Pottery in the Moscow village community of Stowe. Mame later began the Seminary Art Center in Waterbury Center and continued her love of opening creative doors for students of all ages.
“Often people don’t believe they are artistic. I love to show them they are naturally creative given the right art toys and some encouragement. When we focus on making art, we let go of the whole world for a little bit and we become rejuvenated. Everyone should be making something fun they are proud of. It is just plain good for the soul.”
Brian Schwartz is an educator at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park, VT. GMTCC is a technical high school that serves students from Craftsbury Academy, Hazen Union School, Lamoille Union High School, Peoples Academy, and Stowe High School. All students who attend GMTCC are working toward high school graduation as well as the acquisition of industry credentials, college placement credits, and real-world technical skills.
Torrey Carroll Smith
I paint subjects from every day life — like a clothesline or a kitchen tool or part of a landscape — in colorful and unexpected ways in an effort to focus on the beauty, texture and richness in our ever day experience.
By playing with color, perspective, shape and composition, I develop images that are easily recognized, yet different enough from the way we typically think of them that they engage our attention and sense of wonder. The finished works offer a reminder that the same subject can be experienced in very different ways, even by the same person, depending on what they bring to the moment.
These pictures become an exploration of the effects of mindfulness and distraction in our lives. I develop them as a reminder for myself of how much happier I am when I am truly (if briefly!) present in my interactions with the world around me — but it is clear from viewers’ reactions that they resonate with others as well.
I am a mostly self-taught painter. I have been painting -- a lot -- for about ten years. I am an eager student, hungrily cobbling together my arts education through workshops, books, blogs and our local arts community. I started selling my work in 2012 and rented a dedicated studio space in 2013. I have participated in several group and solo shows each year since then.