Meet our Instructors
During his 28-year career as a draftsman, technical illustrator, and mechanical design engineer, Tim pursued assorted artistic endeavors including drawing, painting, wood carving, and eventually working with clay. After being a student, visiting potter, and then member of the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild, Tim focused on hand-building. His representational art shows his mastery of form and glaze application, frequently with a wry sense of humor. Tim has taught several terms at Art Unlimited and has organized student workshops at the Guild on hand-building and raku. The instruction in his classes at the Guild will be hand-building only.
A studio potter from Williamston, MI, Mark received an MFA from Michigan State University and has been an instructor for the Potters' Guild for more than twenty years. In addition he has taught classes at Michigan State University, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College and has led numerous workshops. He currently is exhibiting with twelve galleries throughout the U.S. and has pieces in numerous permanent collections. Mark is the recipient of several international awards. For more information see: www.chatterley.com
Bill has a 20-year affiliation with the Potters' Guild as a student, visiting potter, member and instructor following a career as an academic researcher in geochemistry and microbiology. Wheel-thrown, functional pottery forms are the mainstays of his work in both porcelain and stoneware clays. He draws on his scientific training in the operation of the Guild's cone-10 reduction kiln and in the development and application of high-fire glazes. Bill's classes focus on the fundamentals of throwing, hand-forming and glazing. His work is available through the Potters' Guild semi-annual sales.
Barb has made her living as an artist, primarily as a commercial illustrator. She exhibits her paintings, sculptures,and ceramics in galleries. She has taught art and design at LCC, Interlochen, and MSU. She connected with the Potters' Guild in 2016 and has cherished the opportunity to create three-dimensional functional and sculptural work alongside creative company in a dream ceramic studio. To see more of her work, visit: www.hranilovich.com
Sara is a lifelong resident of East Lansing and Okemos, Michigan. She completed her BFA in ceramics in 1975. In 1980, she attended a two-month Spring Concentration in Ceramics at Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina followed by numerous national and regional ceramic conferences and workshops. Sara became a member of the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild in 2000 and has been teaching pottery classes there since 2016. She is a functional pottery enthusiast whose pots can be found in the homes of her family, friends, neighbors, and customers and are available at the semi-annual Potters’ Guild Sales.
Jim received an MFA in ceramics from Michigan State University in 1976 and currently works in Owosso, MI as an active studio potter. In addition to serving as an instructor at the Potters' Guild since 1974, Jim was involved for many years with the Lansing Community College ceramics and art programs. He was a founding member of the MI Guild of Artists and Artisans and maintains an active profile in its operation. The group produces one of the three Ann Arbor summer art fairs.
Anne took a circuitous route to the Potters' Guild. She earned a BFA in Art Education from MSU, with an emphasis in ceramics. As a docent at Kresge Art Museum at MSU she had the pleasure of introducing young people to the world of art. Wanting to get back into studio art she found her way to the Potters' Guild, becoming a member in 2005.
Anne has attended numerous workshops presented by talented local and internationally known potters. Her approach to ceramics ranges from totally functional to somewhat whimsical. She especially enjoys the journey of creating and learning new techniques. Reflected in her ceramics are her interconnected interests in watercolor painting, travel, history, and other art forms.