The CraftStudies at the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen is fortunate to offer classes, workshops and camps led by talented instructors with many years of experience in arts and fine crafts.
Ginger Armstrong began studying Japanese Calligraphy in Vermont in the 1990’s with an artist from Hokkaido in northern Japan, Aya Itagaki. Knowing she wanted to study further she moved to Yokohama and studied with Kazuko Makino. Moving to the countryside of Japan she found her final teacher, Ooba Sensei who taught in the Chinese tradition of Toseu Calligraphy giving Ginger a deeper understanding of this art as an expression of spirit and not just form. Ooba Sensei also stressed the origins of calligraphy as coming from stone carving, thus instilling great strength and movement in each concept written. Ginger’s heart continues to guide her in finding new ways to express the spirit of these forms.
Ara Cardew is a master potter with over twenty years experience in all areas of stoneware and porcelain pottery production including throwing, slipware, glaze development, decoration and firing. Ara apprenticed with his grandfather, Michael Cardew, and managed the family pottery, Wenford Bridge Pottery, for many years. Locally he has been a production potter for Miranda Thomas, Simon Pearce, and Tariki. His teaching emphasis is on forms and decorations of the English slipware tradition.
Deb Fairchild works primarily with off-loom beadweaving techniques and is especially inspired by the lacy, supple fabrics derived from the freeform expression of these techniques. Each of her pieces is a one-of-a-kind study in color, rhythm, movement and form. Deb teaches throughout New England. She enjoys introducing new beaders to the craft and challenging experienced beaders to put expand their skills and explore the depths of their creativity.
Sarah Glass is an artist and art teacher currently teaching art at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover. She has been teaching locally and in Massachusetts and Maine since 1991. She also worked for the Upper Valley Educators Institute for several years as the program director for Secondary Education and has mentored and supported other teachers locally and in Massachusetts, where she received her MS in Art Education from The Massachusetts College of Art. While she loves mixing media, she has also studied pottery extensively, completing a residency in Maine and studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Annie Hansen grew up making things in Lebanon, NH. Since her teen years she has enjoyed teaching summer camps in sewing, crafting and design thinking for kids. Her main goals in teaching are to pass on love of craft, curiosity about the world, and confidence to try anything without fear of making mistakes.
Ray Lagasse learned basket weaving 20 years ago in order to teach this traditional craft form to children at the Stoddard Elementary School in western New Hampshire. He made his first basket as part of a course at the Audubon Society where he was, he says, “the worst student in the class.” He kept at it, however, and over time refined his craft to create baskets that beautifully wed functionality and individual style. Lagasse’s baskets draw from traditional techniques, but are unique in the way he incorporates a hardwood base inside the basket and runners on the bottom. He scours small local mills for specialty woods, which include bird’s-eye maple, spalted ash, dark tiger maple, and cherry to use for hardwoods for handles and lids. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Lagasse won the Living with Craft first prize at the 2004 League Crafts Fair, and exhibited at the Thorne-Sagendorph Museum at Keene [NH] State College.
Tim McCosker brings many years of experience of teaching and design to his work with students. He has taught pottery at the University of Vermont, Lebanon College and has been a long time teacher at the League. He has been an architectural designer since 1982 and currently designs homes for UV Habitat for Humanity. He works with both novice and advanced students. His goal in teaching is to help each student get to their next level of pottery making in a friendly, relaxed learning environment. Class is a time to work on technique, ask questions, get support in learning new processes, learn from fellow students, and receive feedback.
Roger Noble has been making pottery since high school. He studied at Haystack and Rhode Island College, and got his BFA in Ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. He has been a studio potter in Rhode Island and Maine and moved to Vermont in 2005. Most recently he has made pottery at Montpelier Mud in Middlesex. Although he has recently started hand building, most of Roger’s work is thrown on the wheel and altered. The decoration is done by carving or marking the surface. Most pieces are glazed in a single glaze that accentuates the markings or carvings. Roger is excited to share his lifelong love of ceramics, especially throwing on the wheel.
Kathleen Peters has been a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen since 2007 and has been working as a professional artist for almost a decade. Traditionally trained as a heat transfer engineer, she has became fascinated with wool and its material properties. Entwining her technical skills with her art has made her a master in felting, giving her complete control over her work. Most of her art is inspired by nature she is surrounded with near her home in Canaan, NH.
Mark Ragonese is a master woodworker, a sculptor, and a multi-media artist. He designs and creates one of a kind fine furniture and sculpture, outdoor site specific landscape art, and sculptural stage sets for performances. Mark’s outdoor work made with sticks and stones can be seen at the Sunapee Craft F air. He has been a juried member of the League since 1983 and is one of their state woodworking jurors. Mark teaches workshops to adults and children in both rustic and fine furniture. He was the 1993 recipient of the Yamagata International Visual Arts Fellowship for his work with disabled and disadvantaged children.
Merit Scotford’s life goal is to learn all the fiber techniques there are. I learned to make buttons at a knitting conference and can't stop! They are too much fun. I also have a degree in theatrical costume design and do a lot of sewing and knitting.
Shannon Wallis has been writing pysanky on and off since 1994. While she has no Ukrainian, ancestry, she has fallen in love with the art form. Her dyes and beeswax used to come out only around Easter, but now she creates eggs year round. Besides being a writer of pysanky, Shannon is a nursery school teacher, a mom to two teenagers, and a monitor in the Hanover Craftstudies’ pottery studio. She sells her eggs and pots at the Norwich Farmers Market.
Louisa Berky, a Colorado native, ventured to the east coast to attend Williams College in Williamstown, MA. During my senior year, I took a metal sculpture class where I was introduced to welding and working in metal. That class sparked my curiosity with metal and sculpture. Upon graduation from Williams, I moved back to Colorado and sought out other opportunities to play with metal, which lead me to an introduction to jewelry class. I was immediately hooked and continued to expand my jewelry education each year by taking a wide variety of jewelry classes. After spending 5 years learning and working at a local jewelry school in Denver, CO, I moved with my partner to New Hampshire. Once in New Hampshire, I was lucky enough to work at Designer Gold in Hanover, NH where I expanded my knowledge of jewelry production and gained valuable insight about running a local jewelry business. I now run my own business, Louisa B Designs, from my home studio in New Hampshire.
Deborah Churchill, trained as a teacher and a counselor, has chosen to bring her patience and joy of teaching to the studio. After dabbling for a few years, she began her study of ceramics in earnest while on sabbatical in 2010—and fell in love with the medium. She has been teaching both adult and children’s classes with us since 2014. Deb comes from a very creative family who knit, quilt, make books, draw and color together.
Maria Gross began to learn how to be a metal-smith at CraftStudies in the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen during the late 1990’s. The learning curve has come from attending many classes at this League’s Metal Studio, taking many workshops in New England, constantly practicing at my own bench, learning from fellow students and teaching both kids and adults in summer camps and workshops (all held at CraftStudies.) I really enjoy working in silver, soft steel wire, and ICE resin inlays and castings; I opt for mixing metals, cold joining techniques, creating unusual chains and chain maille and look forward to use the unusual found object.
Jill Koppers’ love for clay began in elementary school and has been unfolding since. She studied ceramics at Westchester Community College in New York, with independent teachers, and at the League of NH Craftsmen. Her life’s journey has allowed Jill to see the deep connection between art and healing. She brings her teaching skills, personal experience, and passion for clay to what she strives to be an experience where each student’s unique and beautiful spirit is expressed and celebrated through the medium of clay. Jill is CraftStudies’ Clay Studio coordinator.
Eirene Mavodones is a visual artist who received her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the National School of Visual Art of Belgium. She studied at the Athens Academy of Fine Arts in Greece. Her artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and in the United States. She is currently teaching Art at Newbury Elementary School in Vermont and at the Croydon Village School in New Hampshire. She loves guiding children in the creative process.
Kerstin Nichols' jewelry and sculpture can be found in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC, and the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ, as well as other public and private collections. She holds an MFA in Sculpture and a BA in Biology/Geology. She has taught metalsmithing to people of all ages and experience levels for close to three decades. As a dedicated teacher who brings the creativity and attention she gives her own work to her classes, she says her goal is to instill an excitement in what her students are learning that goes deeper than the mere making of beautiful objects and the mastery of the processes needed to make them.
Tina Nadeau is the part-time art educator at the Ray School, grades K-5, in Hanover, NH. She also started the after-school Ray Art Club program and draws upon several years of experience as an educational assistant in elementary classrooms. Trained as a graphic designer, she freelances for clients including the Hood Museum of Art and the Thayer School at Dartmouth. Tina heartily embraces the many tactile pleasures of hands-on art making, including pottery, papier-mâché, jewelry design, and fiber arts. She has taught mixed-media and ceramics at the League since 2012.
Orin Pacht was born and raised in the Upper Valley and loves his connection to this place, land, and people. Having spent his career in jewelry, he seeks to share some of what he’s learned. Orin started working at Hanover’s Designer Gold in 2000 and continues to make his designs, as well as those of his customers, come to life there.
Joy Raskin, a NH native, calls herself a New Englander. In 1984, Joy took jewelrymaking in high school, starting her career. Joy was one of the youngest craftspeople to be accepted into the League of NH Craftsmen in 1986. After completing a BFA from RISD and a MFA from UMassDartmouth, focusing on flatware, earning the nickname Spoon Lady. She’s working full time as a metalsmith in her studio, teaching metalsmithing and working as a goldsmith for a local gallery.
Allison Alden Riese developed an interest in art at an early age. While still in high school, she assisted in her town’s grammar school art program for two years. In 2008, after completing a 25-year business career in Massachusetts, she moved to the Upper Valley and finally had the time to dedicate to resuming her interest in pottery. She starting taking classes at the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen, and soon after assisted in organizing the League Sidewalk Sale and Winter Sale, has assisted teaching some adult classes and now leads some children’s pottery classes. She enjoys the dynamic the League provides, - that of learning and teaching at the same time.
Karin Rothwell has shared her love of clay, inspiring students young and old for over 20 years. After graduating from Dartmouth College she has taught at CraftStudies and was an Assistant Instructor at Dartmouth's Davidson Pottery for many years. She has done many Artist-in-Residencies in schools in New England, specializing in Ancient Greek and Native American pottery techniques. Having lived in various countries, Karin finds early traditional clay work and firing methods particularly fascinating. This global, ethnic point of reference adds to her work and teaching. Her studio is in Norwich where she lives with her family.
Pauline Warg is a metalsmith with 39 years experience. She earned a Journeyman Metalsmithing Certificate (1975) and a BFA from the Univ. of S. Maine (1999). Her work encompasses jewelry, silversmithing and enameling jewelry and holloware. Pauline authored Making Metal Beads (Lark) and Jewelry Enameling Workshop (Interweave). She teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers nationally. Pauline wrote a segment of the book: Jewelry Design Challenge (Lark), and teaches Enameling in the DVD Basic Jewelry Enameling: Torch Fired Tutorial (Interweave). www.wargetc.com www.paulinewargdesignsllc.com www.fARTlekjewelry.com