When you take a class at Art Alliance of Greensboro, you will have the opportunity to be taught by some of the best in their craft.

Patrick Rowe-Studio Manager
Patrick Rowe- Studio Manager Patrick Rowe has worked as a professional production potter for more then 20 years. Currently, he is working with wood fired, functional stoneware and porcelain. He also works as a production potter for hire in the Seagrove area and across the state. In this capacity he produces thousands of pieces each year suited to the individual design standards of each shop. He has experience working with many different types of clay and firing processes. Patrick is the Studio Manager at Art Alliance of Greensboro where he also teaches adult and, youth classes.

 

LT Hoisington- LT received his MFA in Studio Art and Sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1992. He has been teaching at Art Alliance for over 18 years. He has also taught at UNCG in the ceramics department. In addition to participating in many local juried exhibitions, he has also been recognized internationally and has had his work published in two books.

 

Deik Pierce- Deik received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been instructing at Art Alliance since 1997. His studio pottery business is Diek Pierce Clay Works. He has exhibited both in state and throughout the region and has been honored with awards in state wide competitions.

 

Tracy Raxter- Tracy is a Greensboro native. She got her start in pottery taking classes at the Cultural Arts Center in pre-Art Alliance days. She went on to get her BA with a concentration in Ceramics from UNC Asheville, graduating in 2002. Tracy is drawn to creating functional wheel thrown pottery and atmospheric wood firing. Currently, she enjoys inspiring budding young artists by teaching youth pottery classes.
Susan O’Leary– My pottery forms are inspired by traditional ceramic art, my travels, nuances of people, nature and color that surround us. The way we use pots in daily life is important to me. I teach adult handbuilding classes at Art Alliance, where I am able to combine and share my BA in Education from Western Michigan University and my love of clay with the creative students in my classes. I hope that each of my pots expresses my idea, is good in form and function, and reveals an element of quiet surprise. For the past three years I have spearheaded the Ben’s Bells Project for the Triad. You can find out more about spreading intentional kindness from www.bensbells.org. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Contact: clayinthecity@gmail.com

 

Peter Strafaci– Peter first became involved in pottery while completing his degrees at SUNY at New Paltz, where he earned his BS in Art Education and his MS in School Administration. He returned to his love of pottery after retiring. His work is attributed to a strong belief that God gifted him with hands to create. His unique hand built pieces, coupled with the use of surface texture and earthen colors often reflect Peter’s love of nature. Peter’s studio and gallery are located in Oak Ridge on the property where he resides. His work is exhibited and sold locally throughout Greensboro.

 

Ben Winslow– I was first introduced to clay in high school and then again in college. I received my BFA from Valdosta State University, Ga. I was an adjunct pottery instructor at Rockingham Community College for eight years. I have placed in numerous locally juried exhibitions. I have been teaching pottery at Art Alliance for two years now. I am currently working in my studio in Browns Summit, NC. My pottery is largely based around functional, wheel thrown porcelain. I also enjoy the Raku firing process.

 

Ray Knirs– Ray moved to North Carolina from Michigan several years ago but it wasn’t until 2012 that he fell in love with the rich red clay of the Piedmont. That’s when he took a class and discovered that ceramics was “it” for him. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Ceramics from Guilford College in 2016. Soon after, he retired from his 25 year auto mechanic job to make pots full time and teach pottery. A natural teacher, Ray loves to share his knowledge and technique with everyone. He believes that there should always be fun involved when making pottery. Ray makes pottery through various firing techniques to bring out the vibrancy of the glaze; his favorite is wood firing. Check out his work here: potterybyray.com
Tom Edgerton- Tom Edgerton’s portraits hang in private homes, on university campuses, and in the headquarters of businesses and philanthropic foundations. With a degree in studio painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an artistic career spanning three decades, Tom has received more than two dozen awards for creative achievement, including recognition from the American Advertising Federation and the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Tom has been recognized six times with awards from the Portrait Society of America and three times as a finalist in the Society’s prestigious International Portrait Competition.

 

 

Mike Northius– Mike holds a BA from Hope College (MI), and both a BFA and MFA from UNC-Greensboro. Mike has taught all levels of painting and drawing at UNCG. Additionally, he has taught drawing, painting, etching and color theory at Guilford College. His work has been exhibited in many major museums and showplaces in the southeast including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Norton Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL, the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art at UNCG, The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem and the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC. Click the green links to see Mike’s pieces Country and Music

 

Mavis Liggett- Mavis is a graphic designer and a professional oil painter. She is the owner of Nuclear Catfish Fine Art & Graphic Design and has enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for over 20 years. She has a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Connecticut where she specialized in intaglio and stone lithography. Her paintings have been exhibited locally, regionally and internationally and also reside in over a dozen private collections. Mavis was a board member of Art Alliance for several years and chair of the board from 2010-2013. Contact: www.flickr.com/photos/nuclearcatfish/sets

 

Jack Stratton- Jack has been making and exhibiting paintings for nearly forty years. He received his BFA in Painting at UNC Greensboro in 1977; he worked as a bookbinder at Jackson Library for ten years and as a preparator at the Weatherspoon Art Museum for twenty years, before retiring from the university after 30 years of service. He currently paints in his Greensboro studio, and teaches drawing and watercolor painting at Art Alliance. He also works as a freelance preparator, curator, art handler and lighting consultant. Contact: www.jack_stratton.com
Kelly Taylor- I’m Kelly L. Taylor. I make dramatic still life paintings of antique and vintage items — found, inherited, and compulsively collected — to show that life goes on for the objects that are left behind. A transplanted Upstate New Yorker, and former Bostonian, I’m a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in oil painting and an AB in English. Active in the Triad, North Carolina art community, I exhibit work in local galleries and participate in artist collaboratives. For more information and to view my work go to https://paintingpoppy.com/

 

Jim Barnhill- Jim was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1955, James Barnhill received his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. After his undergraduate work, he spent a year of study in Marburg, Germany and traveled extensively. In 1982 Barnhill received his Master in Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied under the late Peter Agostini. He works from the live model, sculpting both fully in the round as well as in relief. Barnhill has successfully executed work for corporate, public, liturgical and garden settings. He currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Eric Little- Father, artist, homemaker, fabricator and sometimes teacher… I came to Greensboro 20 years ago to pursue an MFA in Studio Art at UNCG. It was there I met my future wife. We had two sons. She died soon after the birth of our second. Since then I have divided my time between work, sometimes volunteering with GCSNC, caring for my family and, when there was time, painting. Before the birth of my children I was teaching art in an adjunct capacity at a small liberal arts college. Teaching Life Drawing at Art Alliance of Greensboro and working as a Lyceum Teaching Artist marks my return to the classroom since that time over 14 years ago.
Tracy Raxter- Youth Pottery Tracy Raxter is a Greensboro native. She got her start in pottery taking classes at the Cultural Arts Center in pre-Art Alliance days. She went on to get her BA with a concentration in Ceramics from UNC Asheville, graduating in 2002. Tracy is drawn to creating functional wheel thrown pottery and atmospheric wood firing. Currently, she enjoys inspiring budding young artists by teaching youth pottery classes.

 

Annie Klick- I am Annie Klick and I have been a instructor at Art Alliance for several years. I enjoy the community of people and the wealth of creative knowledge the studio has to offer. My major was Art in high school, with a concentration in ceramics and college with a concentration in drawing and painting. I enjoy creating hand built and wheel thrown functional pieces ranging from tea cups to large vases. I teach young children to adults.
Patrick Rowe- Patrick has worked as a professional production potter for more then 20 years. Currently, he is working with wood fired, functional stoneware and porcelain. He also works as a production potter for hire in the Seagrove area and across the state. In this capacity he produces thousands of pieces each year suited to the individual design standards of each shop. He has experience working with many different types of clay and firing processes. Patrick is the Studio Manager at Art Alliance of Greensboro where he also teaches adult and, youth classes.
Kathy Clark- Kathy is a maker of masks, paintings, fiber art, stories, plays and songs. She studied drawing at Shepherdstown College, WV and UNC. Kathy has also studied a unique form of art therapy with Dr. Edith Wallace who taught her that everyone has a creative impulse inside themselves. Art is a way to access this impulse and to express who we really are. We just have to get out of our own way!