Staff Spotlights


 
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Greg Belfor

Q: What is something that your students or the Studio Arts Boulder community probably don’t know about you?
A: Though my background is in high tech engineering, I’ve also dabbled in improv comedy, community theater and was the vocalist for a studio-only band.

Q: What is your favorite way to decorate your pottery?
A: I like to add texture with carving or other manipulation that promotes interesting glaze effects.  My textures are generally non-representational: rather than flowers or animals, I tend towards expressive marks that imply motion of some sort.  I love when other artists use their pottery as a canvas for painting…but I’ll have to learn to “paint” before I can dive into that.

Q: What are some “ceramics failures” that you’ve had over the years?
A: Other than dropping full ware-boards of cups?  I made a beautiful lidded jar that will never open…I underestimated how much the glaze would move so it’s glazed shut.  Whoops!

Q: How did you first get involved in ceramics? What interested you in this art form?
A: My father tried pottery after retiring…then stopped…then started up again, and I thought it looked like fun.  When I saw a pottery lab class available, I had to give it a try.  I wasn’t a “natural” at it, but I was hooked right away by the combination of technique and artistry.  I find that I really enjoy functional pieces that are both beautiful and useful.  I firmly believe that my coffee tastes better when it’s in a handmade cup!  And ice cream from a handmade bowl---extra yummy!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring artists or new pottery students?
A: Use your open studio time!  There is no better advice than to come in to the lab to practice between classes.  

Q: What do you listen to while you’re making art?
A: In my home studio, I am usually listening to podcasts.  When I’m at the lab, I like to just listen to what’s going on around me: sometimes its just the silence of people creating art, sometimes it’s discussion of process, and sometimes it’s just day to day life chatter. 

 

 
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jana Smith

Jana has been an important part of the Lab for many years and has brought exciting ideas into SAB's work.

"While earning my B.F.A. in Art Education at V.C.U. in Richmond, VA, I had my first ceramics class. Since then the ancient practice of forming objects with clay has been a part of my being. The last decade I have been working at the Pottery Lab both as a student developing my skills and instructing in the children’s program.

I am an explorer of forms hand built and wheel thrown, drawn to atmospheric firings with soda, salt, and wood. Through the layering of stains and glazes with random swipes and marks, I embrace the unpredicted."

 

 

 
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Katie Koch

Q: How did you first get involved in ceramics? What interested you in this art form?
A: The first time I tried pottery was in college at Bucknell University. We were lucky enough to have an “art room” with pottery wheels that you could use for free. A good friend of mine already knew how to use the wheel so we spent a lot of time playing around with clay. I was instantly in love.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: Rockport, MA. It’s a tiny historic beach town with a huge community of artists. They also have the best clam chowder in the world.

Q: What do you do when you’re not spending time at the Pottery Lab?
A: Slinging coffee at Ozo Coffee Co, out hiking with my dog Sophie, or experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

Q: How did end up at the Pottery Lab? How long have you been here?
A: When I moved to Boulder, I just googled “Pottery Studios in Boulder” and this one came up. I signed up for a class and have been hooked ever since. I’ve been taking classes/ involved with the lab for 4.5 years.

Q: What are some “ceramics failures” that you’ve had over the years?
A: Pretty much every dinner-sized plate I’ve ever tried to make. I stay away from plates now for the most part.

 

 
 

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