Richard Burkett

Richard Burkett has made pottery for over 40 years, starting in 1970 with a summer job throwing ashtrays on the potter's wheel for the late Indiana potter Richard Peeler. Burkett established his own Wild Rose Pottery in 1973 on a farm near Bainbridge Indiana, where he made salt glazed pottery for about ten years. Returning to school in 1983, Richard completed a dual MFA in ceramics and phototography at Indiana University- Bloomington in 1986. He has taught ceramics since that time, first at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and since 1989 at San Diego State University, where he is currently a Professor of Art. Richard's work continues to include a range of ceramics objects, from functional stoneware and porcelain to clay and mixed-media sculpture. 

Richard is the author of the noted glaze calculation software, Hyperglaze (for Macintosh and Windows), the CeramicsWeb website, and co-author, with Glenn Nelson, of Ceramics: A Potter's Handbook (Cengage Learning). Richard recently curated the work of the forty artists included in the new Lark Books publication "Porcelain Masters: major works by leading ceramists."

Julia Galloway

Julia Galloway is a utilitarian potter and professor. She teaches ceramics at the University of Montana, Missoula. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach CA, the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, Alfred Ceramics Art Museum at Alfred University, the Dinnerware Museum in Ann Arbor Michigan and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Julia is interested in all aspects in the field of the ceramic arts from making pottery, jurying exhibitions, studying ceramics from other cultures, writing about pottery and service to emerging artist. She has juried the NCECA National Exhibition, the Zainesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics and the 500 Vases publication. Julia is dedicated to education, whether be on a traditional college campus, a crafts school or local arts center; she has taught more than two hundred workshops, demonstrations and lectures. In addition, she has developed service based educational websites: “Montana Clay,” “the field guide for ceramics artisans,” “the library of Cups” as well as “Making History

Liz Zlot- Summerield

Liz attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to complete my Masters of Fine Arts in 2004. Since graduation, she has lived and worked in Bakersville, North Carolina with her husband and glass artist, Scott Summerfield.  They share a large outbuilding that houses each of our studios and a showroom for our work.

Liz have been an instructor and visiting artist at numerous clay facilities, colleges, and universities. She exhibits and sells her work nationally through exhibitions, fine craft shows, her home gallery, and online shop.

Liz has been featured and on the cover of Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times magazine. She has also authored and been included in a variety of ceramic publications. In 2014, Ceramics Arts Daily released an instructional DVD featuring her construction and surface techniques.

Liz is the co-creator of Red Handed Symposium, a conference solely devoted to low-fire red clay enthusiasts.

Lisa Clague

Lisa Clague is an internationally known sculptor. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and the Virginia Groot Foundation Grant in 1999 and 2011. Clague's work has been exhibited at the Macon Museum of Art, Georgia; the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Massachusetts; the John Natsoulas Gallery, California; the Momentum Gallery, North Carolina and the Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Arizona. She participated in the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Trans Ceramic Art in Korea and currently resides in Bakersville, North Carolina.