Anna Vaughan is an artist and educator living in Oakland, California. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute with ceramics greats: Ken Ferguson, Peter Voulkos, Victor Babu, Jim Leedy and Marilyn Lysohir. Anna completed her MFA at Mills College under the guidance of Ron Nagle. Her current artworks explore both the functional and sculptural traditions of ceramics. She is an avid drawer and often incorporates the use of layered slips and sgraﬃto or clay etching into the works. Ms. Vaughan's classes provide an openness and structure which encourages students to explore their own artistic voice while gaining an understanding of the formal and technical processes of clay.
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Bob has been teaching and working in ceramics since, as he says, "before the invention of dirt." He received a BFA and MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA) with a major in ceramics, and later taught at Chadron State College in Nebraska, and at New Mexico State University as a member of both the graduate and undergraduate faculties. He has shown in many galleries throughout the U.S. including the Fairtree Gallery in New York City, and his work is in various collections, such as New York State University at Buffalo, the permanent collection at CCA, and the Antonio Prieto Memorial Collection of Contemporary Ceramics at Mills College. Bob created Big River Pottery in New Mexico, selling his work throughout the U.S. (and working as a fireman while not doing pottery). He has taught at the Potters' Studio in Berkeley and Studio One in Oakland since 1990.
David is a multi-faceted artist from Southern California, where he began working in ceramics eight years ago. Since starting to work in clay he has had great fortune being a part of the Visual Arts Department in Ceramics at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Southern California, beginning in 2006 as the technical assistant to the program and progressing to faculty. In his ceramic work David feels passion for the intimate nature of pottery, and continues working to make functional pots that give something to the user. David graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the California College of the Arts and continues this practice while living in Oakland.
Jess, a Berkeley native, still has the ceramic bear she made as a kid at the Arts and Crafts Cooperative on Shattuck Ave. It was not until she was at Pomona College pursuing her BA in Psychology that she took another ceramics class. Jess returned to college in 1995 for a BFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. In 1999 she completed a two-year Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2000 Jess returned to the Bay Area to be a studio potter and since 2002 has had her own home studio. Throughout this time Jess has taught several classes and ceramic workshops and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
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Numo has been teaching ceramics and art around the Bay since the early 80’s. She was mesmerized with clay from the first time she saw someone working on a wheel at age 9 at the Silvermine Guild in Connecticut and wondered, "How do they get that clay to go up?" When she moved to Berkeley as a young teen she seized the opportunity to play with clay and took her first ceramics class in college. She was known to sneak into the ceramics studio surreptitiously and practice throwing all hours of the day and night. It was love at the first spin of the wheel. She earned a BFA in ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts, a teaching credential from California State University, Hayward and a Master’s degree from Ohio State University. She has worked at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, The Front Yard Pottery and ran the ceramics department and taught classes at Studio One Art Center for two decades. She started the art department at Beacon Day School and currently works as a high school art teacher at Saint Mary’s College High. Numo has sold and exhibited her work her work in the East Bay and SF Area. She has a hobbit ceramics studio at her home where she currently designs functional and sculptural works. View Numo Jaeger’s ceramic works at
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Roger Yee was born in Oakland, California, and raised in the Bay Area. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University, a Masters in Fine Arts, with a ceramics concentration, from San Jose State University, a Masters in Education and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art. Roger has been fascinated with the process of learning since he was 15 years old. At that age he taught windsurfing and snow skiing professionally. That experience gave Roger the tools and techniques necessary to effectively teach people. Since then, he has been in pursuit of how people learn and how to be a better educator. Although Roger has run large ceramics studios and is an amazing ceramic potter, his true passion is teaching ceramics.
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