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Teaching Experience


Assistant Dean, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts Division
Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics    

Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia           1983 – present
Teach all levels of ceramics, drawing and design. Established ceramics program at the Alexandria Campus in 1987, and have taught ceramics primarily since 1989. I am the only full-time ceramics teacher at NVCC. The current ceramics studio accommodates up to 60 students per semester. Maintain a healthy and safe ceramic studio environment as a priority and practices that promote cleanliness and respect for the equipment are stressed. Students are encouraged to explore functional and non-functional forms, traditional and non-traditional surface treatments and the variety of firing options available to them. Have raised funds and purchased a large gas fired kiln through grants, solicitations and student pottery benefits.


Adjunct Instructor

Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg, Virginia              2004 - 2006
Teach beginning level ceramics. Establish ceramics program for Germanna CC, to serve as a fine art elective for degree seeking students and personal enrichment for the community.


Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.                 Fall 1988
Taught a class in beginning wheel throwing as an elective course for degree seeking art students. Stressed basic skill building exercises to establish a solid foundation for further study.


Instructor of Art

Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas, Virginia            1977 – 1983
Taught all levels of ceramics, drawing and design. Started the ceramics program with 4 wheels and a small electric kiln in a single studio that was shared with all other art courses. Prior to closing, due to budget reductions, the ceramics program had grown to 3 electric kilns, a 12 cu. ft. gas kiln, 6 wheels and a separate studio dedicated to the discipline.


Ceramics Instructor

The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia                                   1977
Taught class in beginning and intermediate wheel throwing for a non-credit community based arts organization. Concentrated on helping individuals achieve goals and objectives according to starting levels of skill.


Research Interest

Though traditionally produced at cone 10, I have discovered very satisfactory results with crystalline glaze formulas fired at cone 6. My research in this area started as a result of the kilns at school not firing to cone 10 quickly enough to allow time for necessary temperature holds to grow the crystals. I experimented with existing cone 10 recipes by adding increments of low temperature fluxes until I found a few newly formulated glazes that produced consistent results. I’ve continued this area of research, concentrating on glaze formulas using various commercial frits as the primary flux. The results of this research will provide studio ceramicists and schools with limited firing capabilities the opportunity to explore crystalline glazes.



“Making the Switch from Cone 10 to Cone 6 Glazes”, Online Publication, Ceramics Art Daily, 2010
“High Profile, Throwing with Templates”, Pottery Making Illustrated, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH, May/June, 2009, Volume 12, Number 3, pages: 17 – 20.
“Cone 6 Crystals, Developing Crystals at Mid Range”, Pottery Making Illustrated, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH, September/October, 2007, Volume 10, Number 5, pages:  31 – 34.
“Tools of the Trade – Picking the Right Shelves”, Pottery Making Illustrated, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH., November/December, 2006, Volume 9, Number 6, pages: 12 & 13.

“Cone 6 Crystalline Glazing”, Clay Times/ Clay Times, Inc., Waterford, Virginia, September/October 2000, Volume 6, Number 5, pages: 16, 30 & 43.


Presentations, Public Appearances and Community Activities

• Juror, City of Alexandria Festival of the Arts, Alexandria, Va, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

• Juror: 2012 Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center Artist of the Year Competition

• Cone 6 Crystalline Glaze Workshop Presentation: “Cristalls 2013, Congres Internacional de Cristalitzacions”, Escola De Ceramica De La Bisbal, Espana –
The International Crystalline Glaze Conference, School of Ceramics, La bisbal, Spain, April 19 – 23, 2013

• Workshop presentation, “Crystalline Glazes for Cone 6”, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, Pa, July 8 – 12, 2013

• Visiting Artist Workshop and Lecture, Introduction to Cone 6 Macro-Crystalline Glazes, James Madison University, January, 2011

• Juror, Scope Gallery, The Torpedo factory, Alexandria, Va  June 2011

• Juror, City of Alexandria Festival of the Arts, Alexandria, Va, 2010, 2011

• Juror, Art League All-Media Exhibition, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Va., December, 2010

Juror, Art in City Hall, Alexandria, Va, March-September, 2010

• “ Cone 6 Crystalline Glaze Workshop”, weekend workshop presentation, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, Florida, March 12 – 14, 2010

“Cone 6 Crystalline Glaze Process”, weekend workshop presentation, Silver Fox Pottery Studio, Elkton, Maryland, July 2009
• Organized, curated, installed “The Crystalline Spectrum, A Journey from Student to Master”, an international crystalline glaze exhibition of more than 50 artisans, Tyler Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA, September/October, 2008

•  “Cone 6 Crystalline Glaze Process”, weekend workshop presentation, Pottery Guild of New Jersey, Kinnalon,    NJ, July 2008

“Kiln Shelves, The Options”, presentation in the Clayart room during NCECA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 2008

• “Extruded Forms”,  workshop presentation at the 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal,   Virginia, October , 2007

“Kiln Wiring, Making the Right Connection”, presentation in the Clayart room during NCECA Conference, Louisville, KY, March 2007
• Juror, Alexandria Festival of the Arts, Alexandria, Virginia, Fall 2006

•  Member, Fine Arts & Graphic Communications Advisory Committee, Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 2005 – 2006

• “Secrets of Crystalline Glazes” a workshop presentation at The 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, Virginia, October, 2005

• Presented “Crystalline Glazes at Cone 6” at Lattice Structures Symposium, Kansas City, Missouri, September 2005

• Organized and coordinated Alexandria Campus Ceramics Show & Benefit, all proceeds went to a “ceramics studio fund” in the NVCC Educational Foundation to purchase needed ceramic equipment, NVCC, Alexandria Campus, December 2000 – Present
• Lecture and Presentation, “Creating Relationships with Galleries and Positive Critiquing Skills”, The Clay Connection organization monthly meeting, June, 2001
• Juror and Gallery Talk, “Fiber & Fire”, an exhibition of textiles and clay, Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, Virginia, March, 2000
• Volunteer Artistic Advisor/Consultant and Exhibition Curator, The Center for the Arts, a local community based arts organization, Manassas, Virginia, 1991 – 1999
• “Glaze Doctor”, clay & glaze consultant offering solutions to clay, glaze and firing problems, Annual Clay Conference, Front Royal, Virginia, Fall 1995 & 1999
• Juror, Multi Media Arts Exhibition, George Mason University Law Center, Arlington, Virginia, December, 1998
• Juror, Ceramics Exhibition, Washington Kiln Club, The Scope Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, 1991, 1992, 1994
• Lecture and Slide Presentation on “Contributions of Women to Ceramics in the Early American Arts & Crafts Movement” to the Maturals, an NVCC, Alexandria Campus Senior Citizens Organization, Fall, 1993

• Grants Panelist, review grant proposals from local arts organizations and recommend funding, Prince William County Arts Council, Manassas, Virginia, 1993
• Juror and Gallery Talk, Multi Media Arts Exhibition, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, July, 1987


Professional Affiliations

Orange Art Center, a community education & exhibition space, Orange, Virginia, 2005 - present
• Manassas Clay, an exhibition and studio space for artists working in clay, Manassas, Virginia, 1999 – 2004
• Fishscale and Mousetooth, a commercial gallery of American fine crafts and regional original art, Manassas, Virginia, 1993 – 1999
• Center Street Gallery, a commercial gallery of regional fine crafts and original art, Manassas, Virginia, 1990 – 1993
• Foundry Gallery, a cooperative gallery of contemporary art, served as Vice-President & Treasurer, Washington, D.C., 1986 – 1989
• Spectrum Gallery, a cooperative gallery of contemporary art, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1979 – 1983


Selected Exhibitions


“Celebrating NOVA Art Faculty New and Old”, A group exhibition.
Ernst Center Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.

                        Dec. 14, 2012 – Jan. 30, 2013

Invitational Exhibition associated with “Cristalls 2013”, La Bisbal, Spain

                        April 19 – 23, 2013

VA Clay, An invitational Exhibition of Functional and Sculptural Ceramics by Virginia Artists”, Curated and Exhibited, Marin Gallery, The Arts Center in Orange

                        Orange, Va., June 6- 29, 2013

Vasefinder International, An international invitational online ceramics exhibition

Progression, solo exhibition, Tony Hungerford Gallery, College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata, Md.

                        January – March 2012
The Vase and Beyond, The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Ca. October

                        2010,- April, 2011 (Piece in permanent collection)
Exploring the Teapot, solo exhibit, The Griffin Bookshop

                        Fredericksburg, Va, August, 2010
Teacher & Students”, A group ceramics exhibit, National Institutes of Health

                        Bethesda, Md, July-Sept., 2010
The Crystalline Landscape, Paintings by Meg West and Crystalline Glazed Ceramics by William Schran,
                        October 8 – November 15, 2009, The Arts Center in Orange, Orange, Virginia
Crystalline Glazes, Recent Explorations, a solo exhibition
                        Sept. 9 – Oct 30, 2009, Clinical Center Art Program, The National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, Maryland
“Crystalline Glazed Pottery, Recent Explorations at Cone 6”, a solo exhibition
                        November 2007       LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Fredericksburg, Virginia
“Krystallos 2007”, an international crystalline glaze exhibition
            October 2007    Campbell Pottery Studio & Gallery, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
“Blooms in Your Backyard”, a juried exhibition of vases by 22 potters from the Washington, D.C. area,
April – May 2004     Earth & Fire Gallery, Vienna, Virginia
“GW Ceramics, 25 Year Anniversary Invitational Exhibition”, September – October 1998
                        Dimock Gallery, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
“Grand Opening Celebration Invitational Exhibition”, May – June 1993
                        Fishscale & Mousetooth, Manassas, Virginia
“25th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition”, November – December 1992
                        Spectrum Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Earth & Fire: An Exhibition of Raku Pottery”, August 1992
                        Center Street Gallery, Manassas, Virginia
“Faculty Exchange Invitational Exhibition”, March 1992
                        Sheffield City Polytechnic, Sheffield, England
“Clay USA: A National Exhibition”, October – November 1991
                        Flossie Martin Gallery, Radford University, Radford, Virginia
“Medicine Dance: Objects and Spaces of Power”, Ed Love, Juror, May – June 1991
                        Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia
“TABLELAND”, One-Man Exhibition, October – November 1989
                        Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Foundry & Friends”, Invitational Exhibition February 1989
                        Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Invitational Exchange Exhibition”, August 1988
                        Amos Eno Gallery New York, New York
“Seeing Red”, Invitational Exhibition February 1988
                        Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“22 From NOVA: Artists Who Teach”, Group Exhibition January – February 1988
                        Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia
                        The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia
“Foundry & Company II”, Invitational Exhibition January 1987
                        Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Recent Clay Work”, One-Man Exhibition November 1986
                        Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“The George Washington University Art Alumni Exhibition”, September – October 1984
                        Dimock Gallery, GWU, Washington, D.C.
“Small Works”, Juried Exhibition June  – July 1984
                        Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“George Washington University Ceramics: The First Decade”, September – October 1983
                        Dimock Gallery, GWU, Washington, D.C.
“Invitational Ceramics Exhibition”, April 1983
                        Hood College, Frederick, Maryland
“Second Annual Brandies Exhibition”, April 1983
                        Washington, D.C.
“George Washington University Art Alumni Exhibition”, September 1982
                        Dimock Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“First Annual Brandies Exhibition”, May 1982
                        Washington, D.C.
“Art of Ceramics”, Juried Exhibition May 1981
                        Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia
 “Ceramics Exhibition”, Solo Exhibition of Recent Ceramic Sculpture, June 1980
                        Spectrum Gallery, Washington, D.C.