Children's Summer Camp
Turk Hill Craft School
In Fairport - Near Rochester, New York
Pottery Classes for Adults and Children
I love to share my knowledge of ceramics with others because I find it satisfying and inspiring. I have been teaching ceramics for the past 11 years at various centers, including the Memorial Art Gallery, the Genesee Pottery, Tom or Nick’s Ceramics, and Empire State College. In 2002 I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. I exhibit my work nationally at over 20 juried fine art shows across the country and also at many fine art and craft galleries along the east coast
I have worked primarily in clay for over 30 years. I consider myself a born artist and teacher. I taught at the University of Buffalo and for Empire State College during my years in Buffalo. I taught at Genesee Pottery and Tom or Nick's Ceramics over the past 10 years. I've done Artist in Residency Programs at high schools in New York where my emphasis is encouraging my students to think outside the box which brings out the creativity locked inside everyone. Throughout the year my business, Carol's Clayworks, travels to juried Arts & Crafts Shows throughout the east coast selling Happy Fish & Friends. It is a line of home accents and garden art. My fish , lizards and other critters make people smile, that's my goal. My work is sold in over 32 galleries in 16 States and the Virgin Islands. Locally my work is available at Mostly Clay in Pittsford, Art & Soul in Fairport, in Rochester.
Peter has been on staff at Carol’s Clayworks for over 5 years and has been potting since 10 grade in high school at Pittsford Sutherland , Graduating from Alfred University in 2005, attending an artist in residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in California during the fall thru spring 2006 and finally back working and teaching at Carol’s Clayworks / Turk Hill Craft School.
Brooke received her BFA in Ceramics from WVU in 1995. She is currently a studio potter, instructor and mentor . Brooke has been an instructor at local pottery studios since 2004. Being a mentor to students who are interested in becoming independent potter’s is her true passion. Brooke’s work has been displayed at festivals and galleries throughout New York. Brooke lives in Rochester with her husband Matt and their two young boys Zane and Will. She is a dedicated mother and potter.
I have always had a fascination with the past. The human experience can be reflected upon through hand made objects. By using hand made objects we create a bridge to a moment in time. As I experience a hand made objects I look for the little imperfections or "finger prints" that serve as a physical reminder of someone else. I try to recreate this effect when I make pots. I want my audience to experience me through the little breadcrumbs I leave behind. In the classes I teach, students will learn the basic skills needed to create objects using the potter's wheel as a tool. I believe in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to learn at their own pace. Together we'll develop a foundation of shapes and textures from which you can build upon. Let's learn how to walk, so that later you can dance.
Kaitlyn is 17 years old and a Junior at Fairport High School. She was introduced to ceramics in 6th grade at Martha Brown Middle School. Kaitlyn have been working with ceramics for 6 years. This past summer she did a college introductory program at SUNY Oswego for 2 weeks. She has been studying with Carol Bell for 2 years. Kaitlyn started teaching Kids Pottery Classes in 2006.
Bill is currently under the artist in residence.
Deborah Benedetto- I have been a professional potter since 1990. Although my formal education is in English Secondary Education – my passion is in clay. Several restaurants and coffee shops in the Rochester Area serve on my handmade wheel thrown pottery. Throughout the summer and fall I can be found at Fine Arts and Craft Festivals in the surrounding area and the Northeast. I have been teaching pottery classes in wheel throwing since 1995. I am very happy to be a part of Turk Hill Craft School.