Justin Mastrangelo Bio
Justin Mastrangelo is a lifelong artist with a background in graphic design and a love for ceramics. He began wood firing pottery in 2015 during an artist residency at Salem Art Works. During a two-year apprenticeship at Clinton Pottery, he developed his knowledge of production potter. Justin’s work shows a dedication to craftsmanship, skill, and time-honored tradition.
Taylor Robenalt Bio
Taylor Robenalt attended Southern Methodist University for her BFA in bronze casting and stone carving. She then discovered her love for ceramics and decided to study at the University of South Florida to receive a post baccalaureate. Then she received a graduate assistantship at the University of Georgia where Ms. Robenalt accomplished her MFA in ceramics in May 2011. She was employed by State College of Florida, Auburn University and Columbus State University as an adjunct ceramic professor. Ms. Robenalt was a long-term resident at Odyssey Clayworks. She is the co-founder of a sculpture collective called Ceramic Sculpture Culture. She has participated in many national ceramic shows, such as “Un-wedged”, “Vision in Clay”, “History In The Making”, recently winning an honorable metion award at “De La Naturalaze”in Columbus, OH. Taylor also has received many scholarships, including tuition waivers to Monte Verde, Costa Rica, Cortona, Italy, Tokoname, Japan, Watershed, ME and Penland, NC.
Josh Holbrook Bio
Josh graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with degrees in Studio Art and Art History. With a focus in photography, he later moved into ceramics which led to teaching high school and adult education. Mr. Holbrook moved back to Florida with his wife and began teaching art at Sarasota Military High. His approach is grounded in a phrase his first ceramics professor taught, “love the process, not the product”. Josh’ work has been shown in galleries in Florida, Virginia and with Naples Art Crafters.
D' Calvert Bio
Calvert works in her home studio. Inspiration for her work comes from daily life, the pure joy of observation. Clay demands an attentive relationship and D’ is happiest during those quiet studio hours when time ceases to exist. D’ says “I would not have known this happiness; I would not have known myself without the support and encouragement of the schools and the local clay community”. Calvert is an Instructor at Carla’s Clay and her work has shown at Art Center Sarasota, Carla’s Clay, Florida CraftArt, R.C.A.D, and is in collections in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Florida and Delaware. Her experience includes an assistant-ship at Wildacres Retreat, workshops with Michael Sherrill, Matt Long, Ron Meyers, Elaine and Tom Coleman, Robert Boomer, Brad Schwieger and Gay Smith. These experiences were invaluable and the class notes are a frequent source of reference.