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meet the makers

2017 residents, staff and board

Residents

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emma silverstein

Emma was raised in Connecticut and received her BFA in ceramics from Syracuse University. She has studied in India and China, worked as a beekeeper, and taught dance, ceramics and weaving.  As the Studio Resident Intern at Craigardan, Emma manages the ceramics studio while maintaining her own studio practice in clay and fibers. She hopes to foster community-based skill sharing this summer and in the future.  www.emmasilverstein.com

lizzy wilford

Lizzie hails from the eastern shore of Maryland, bringing with her a love of food, farming, the arts and community building. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2016 with a bachelor of Arts and has spent the last year conducting education and outreach for the Dickinson College Farm.  As a Farm Resident Intern, she is excited to pursue her love of food, farming and ceramics as well as continuing to expand her technical skill set while at Craigardan. 

katharine wyatt

Katharine was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. After earning her B.S. in Communication from the University of Miami in 2013, she moved to New York City where a “temporary" restaurant job ultimately swayed her to shift her career focus to food and its cultivation.   She is a Farm Resident Intern at Craigardan.

Nancy both

Nancy lives - and wears many hats -  in Keene, NY and brings a tremendous amount of experience in hospitality, food, gardening, and pottery to all she does at Craigardan.  Nancy is a Makerspace potter and studio intern at Craigardan, focusing on clay and glaze mixing and wood kiln firing techniques.  

Kyle Brumsted

Kyle is a functional potter, originally from Ithaca, NY. His work utilizes clean forms with slight alterations and simple geometric elements to highlight the effects of atmospheric firing with salt and soda. Before coming to Craigardan as the Resident Studio Intern, Kyle gained experience working as a studio intern at Baltimore Clayworks and as an apprentice for Montreal artist Mahmoud Baghaeian.  While at Craigardan he hopes to gain a deep understanding of material properties and interactions through research and experimentation in order to lay bare the processes of making and firing in the finished vessel. Outside of clay, he has worked as a software developer for the last several years and now aims to bring that same technical orientation to clay, but with more human results.

 

 

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catharine seidenberg

Catherine Seidenberg is a potter, professional gardener, and Craigardan's first Harvest Plate Resident.  Catherine is designing and making over 200 beautiful pieces of tableware for this year's benefit event, Dinner in the Field.

caitlin wright

Caitlyn is a ceramic artist who's work explores the intersection between food and functional pots. She is interested in pushing the bounds of our relationship with food and how the act of dining can be elevated when paired with thoughtful ceramic tableware. She is Craigardan's studio artist-in-residence and has been awarded this year's Teaching Fellowship.

tyler bischoff

Tyler is a functional and sculptural potter from New Jersey. His love for ceramics was born while attending the Gow School, an all-boys boarding school for dyslexic young men in Buffalo, New York. Tyler studied under Ted Lossowski and received his degree in Visual Arts from Wells College in 2015 and then joined the staff of the Saratoga clay Arts Center as a studio intern and instructor. Here he worked closely with artist Jill Fishon- Kovachick and apprenticed under Regis Brodie.  Tyler's work is inspired by the desire to encourage touch and interaction with his vessels. The challenges of Dyslexia made him more of a kinesthetic and visual learner. The texture he uses in his work is visually stimulating with a presence that encourages a physical interaction with the work, breaking the rule of art as object only to be viewed and not to be touched.

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above photos courtesy of Jeff Mertz.  www.mertz.works

above photos courtesy of Jeff Mertz.  www.mertz.works

liz flyntz

Liz is a Brooklyn-based curator, home chef, and Craigardan's Culinary Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship recipient.  While in residence, Liz is undertaking the food and consumption based portion of her research into how industrialized food and environmental degredation effect gender and the body.  www.lizflyntz.net

Zachary gerhardt clemans

Gerhardt is an Adirondack chef, artist and maker currently working with natural materials from the region.  Growing up in Old Forge, his formative years were spent camping and exploring the park where he gained an appreciation and respect for the products available in the region, now vital to his practice.  Through his work with these products, he wants to interpret the character of this environment and express a sense of this place, where he is from.  

image courtesy of Paul Gargagliano of Hazel Photo.

image courtesy of Paul Gargagliano of Hazel Photo.

thomas graves + Jennifer kidwell

Jennifer Kidwell is a performing artist.  Recent projects include Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, FringeArts), and Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Dan Hurlin).  She is currently working with Geoff Sobelle and Nichole Canuso and is a PITC company member, a Wilma Theater Associated Artists, a co-artistic director of the theater company Lightning Rod Special and a co-founder of JACK.  She is a 2016 Pew Fellow.

Thomas Graves is a Co-Producing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs in Austin, Texas.  As such he has developed, performed in and produced The Method Gun and  I've Never Been So Happy among others.  He is currently working on the Rude Mechs' latest production Field Guide commissioned by Yale Rep and the project Not Every Mountain which will appear at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in 2018.  Thomas holds an MFA in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Joshua ramey

Joshua is a philosopher, writer, and professor at Grinnell College.  His work addresses issues in contemporary politics, economics, culture, and spirituality.  He is the author of Politics of Divination:  Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency(Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) and The Hermetic Deleuze:  Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (Duke University Press, 2012).  While in residence, Joshua is teaching a five-week course, What do We Owe Each Other?, and curating a free guest lecture series which includes the contemporary thinkers Aron Dunlop and Cleo Kearns.

The space we make 

The Space We Make is a multidisciplinary performance company that has been creating site-specific work in the Adirondacks and New York City for the past five years. Co-founded and directed by dancer/choreographer Simon Thomas-Train and writer/musician Caitlin Scholl, both Adirondack natives, The Space We Make is committed to bringing high-level performance and innovative, immersive art forms to North Country audiences.

While in residence at Craigardan, TSWM will create and shoot a place-based performance film exploring sensory cinematic mapping and narratives (or non-narratives) inherent in landscape. They will immerse themselves in the sweeping scale and minute details of the landscape through their unique brand of interdisciplinary practice, utilizing the capacity of the camera to offer focused, fresh perspective on the property and its residents. Ephemeral eco-art installations (their set) will be left behind to be explored long after they leave, and ultimately will become part of the landscape itself. As part of their project, their artists will teach a series of workshops in which participants will help them research the land through various mediums, and create content ⎯ either directly or indirectly ⎯ for their films.

www.thespacewemake.com

Amy l. Seidel

Amy is the Associate Director of Environmental Studies and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Vermont. She is an ecologist and author of two books of non-fiction: Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World and Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming, both published by Beacon Press. Amy received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She teaches courses in climate change, sustainability, and environmental literature and is currently at work on a piece of eco-fiction.

Staff

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megan moody

Megan joined Craigardan to help establish the farm component to the organization. Megan has been farming in the Northeast since she graduated from Dickinson College in 2013, where she majored in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. Before moving to Keene, Megan was based in Essex, NY working at North Country Creamery as their cafe manager and at Essex Farm working with livestock and learning about full animal butchering and slaughtering. Megan has a love for the outdoors through farming, cooking, hiking, cycling, swimming, and art and is excited to continue to explore the intersections that can take place between those, especially here at Craigardan! 

michele drozd

Michele received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and worked under various artists including Petras Vaskys and Laszlo Fekete studying the finer points of design, mold making, and sculpture.  She spent six years designing sculptural and architectural tile with tile-maker Marie Baron in Philadelphia, PA and Albuquerque, NM before traveling the world and finding her home in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.   With her husband and fellow artist, Michael Intrabartola, she became intensely interested in entrepreneurialism, the revitalization of small rural towns, food and agriculture, art, education and historic preservation - and the connections between them.  Three businesses and three nonprofits later, she is thrilled to now serve as co-founder and executive director of such an important and timely organization.  

Board of Directors

barbara tam

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Barbara has taught visual arts and natural sciences to students from kindergarten through high school in both private and public schools for more than 35 years.  She has served as faculty department chair, coordinator for summer school programs, created inter-school art networks, and developed new courses/curricula for schools.  In Hawai’i, she was co-director of a nature center and served as the summer program head-teacher and the coordinator and hike leader for weekend events.  With her artist and designer husband Paul Nowicki, Barbara was co-founder of the Hurricane Mountain Clay Studio in Keene, the early precursor to Craigardan.  She and Paul developed the programs and built the structures to create opportunities in ceramics for emerging artists and to provide clay classes in the community.  Barbara holds a BA in the history of art with a minor in anthropology, extensive study at the graduate level in ceramics with a focus on education, an MS in environmental/holistic science, and the design certificate in permaculture.

lanse stover

Lanse received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976, and his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in 1982.  He established a clay studio in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1985, and for 25 years sold his work at the major US craft shows. His work has been exhibited nationally.  He was an adjunct professor of ceramics at Endicott College in Beverly, and taught adult classes at ceramics studios in the area.  From 2006 to 2015 he worked with independent schools on Boston’s North Shore, developing and maintaining custom school information systems.  In 2015 he moved to Keene Valley, NY, and has been building a studio there.

Janelle Schwartz, phd

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Janelle founded the Hamilton College Adirondack Program in 2013, a place-based, semester-long immersion program that combines the interdisciplinary study of local environmental issues and their global implications with research-based fieldwork, internships, and cooperative living. It is based here in Keene, on Hurricane Rd, just around the corner from Craigardan! She continues to serve as its director, teaching and working to build a vibrant and cooperative living-learning community between students and faculty, the High Peaks region and the Adirondacks at large. Janelle earned her doctorate in literature and the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught English literature and environmental studies at Loyola University New Orleans before coming to Hamilton College. She has published articles, essays and blogs on literature and ecology, cabinets of curiosity, pedagogy and more. Her book, Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism, came out in 2012 from the University of Minnesota Press, and one of her next research projects involves the work and life of Adirondack painter and woodsman Don Wynn. Janelle also freelances as an education consultant. She lives in Keene with her husband, baby girl, three dogs, bees, and many home projects.

David Speert, md

David is originally from Westchester County, New York.  He graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and subsequently trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota respectfully.  He was the Sauder Family Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Head of the Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases for 20 years at the University of British Columbia and BC Children's Hospital until his retirement in June 2017.  He now lives with his wife, ceramic artist Carol Fay Stein, in Kittery Point, Maine.  David is a father of 3 children and is passionate about the care for and nurturing of children in both his personal and professional lives.  He is also passionate about the environment and is a student of the arts including photography and woodworking.  He serves on the stewardship committee of the Kittery Land Trust in Maine and plans to devote much of his energy to woodworking, hoping to perfect the finer aspects of joinery and creative design.  David is also an avid gardener and biker and a beginning but very keen knitter.

Michele Drozd