Emeritus Members

Keith Bassar

I took a pottery class many years ago and it was love at first sight. Some of my favorite pieces are the simplest - a teacup or coffee mug, a small bowl for a small taste of something.

At the other end of the spectrum you can make the most intricate and fanciful vase or sculptural piece. The beauty of pottery is that you can touch it; you can use it.

Eldon Clark – Founding Member
Interest in clay followed me through long periods of military service and university teaching, research and administration. The formal design aspects of shape, the interaction of positive and negative space, and the placement of attachments along with surface treatments to form the visual image are of particular interest to me in the art making process.
Kay Fitzgerald – Founding Member
My journey with clay began as a student at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild—a friend who said "You have to do this!!" I did, and I was hooked. When I moved to East Lansing in the mid-60s, the time seemed to be right to create a potters guild. In 1969, with much help from Lou Raynor, head of MSU's clay program, the Greater Lansing Potters Guild was born. Forty years later in 2009, eight of the 28 charter members are still active.It's been a wonderful trip!
Judy Labovitz
For me, making pots is fun, creative and challenging; it's always a surprise to see the next kiln load. I hope folks enjoy using my pots as much as I enjoy making them.
Deb Oliva
Finally able to indulge a long standing fascination with clay, I began taking classes at the Potters' Guild in 1988 and became a member three years later. I enjoy making utilitarian pots and vessel forms of porcelain fired in a reduction atmosphere. In my work it is my intention to celebrate the special qualities of objects made by hand and explore and exploit the curiosities of the clay/glaze/firing relationship.
Jerry Reid
Clay is my favorite connection with nature and with people. To capture the feel and movement of the natural world, to touch, and to share with others is my goal and my pleasure.
Joan Richards
Clay has been my favorite art medium since I was a small child making little ‘Indian’ pots from clay pulled from the banks of the White River.  The wonderful part of clay making, for me, is in the endless opportunities for variety (and sometimes surprises) of shapes, textures and glazes.  Creating fine shapes has always been my primary goal in throwing pots.  I am now experimenting with carving surfaces and altering rims.  I love the Potters Guild!
Nancy Rinek
After working with clay now for 35 years, I am still most interested in functional pieces that are primarily stoneware and thrown on the wheel. I'm intrigued with altering the shapes made on the wheel, and enjoy the addition of details such as handles and feet that can accentuate the form and add uniqueness. My greatest inspiration comes from the sharing of ideas, and the sense of community I have found in the Potters' Guild.
Maureen Ryan

I am an eclectic artist working in many mediums, including clay, watermedia, printmaking and collage. I enjoy the challenge of translating an idea from one medium to another.Clay is my favorite medium, and I use it to make pots, masks, sculpture, and sometimes a combination thereof. I find textures fascinating. I love to collaborate with clay, glaze, fire, and the uncertainty of Raku. I especially like to make pieces that make me smile or even laugh out loud.

Ted Smith – Founding Member
My fascination with clay began as a youngster, when I attended a school that emphasized a hands-on approach to folk arts. My interest in ceramics was renewed at MSU when, as a college student, I was able to take ceramics courses with Lou Raynor. I enjoy working with a wide variety of techniques, especially carving wheel thrown pieces. When I don't have access to a wheel, hand building textured sculpture is my present passion.
Audrey Tien – Founding Member

As a child in the 1930's, playing on the banks of the Conwy River in Wales, I remember the feeling of the soft clay between my toes. It felt like satin, and left an indelible memory. Little did I know at the time, a quarter of a century later, I would find myself on the other side of the Atlantic playing with clay on a potter's wheel .