Events

Holiday Ornament Workshop
This year's ornament workshop was a huge success. The proof is in the children's smiles!















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Thanks to Everyone who made this year's Artoberfest and American Craft Week Celebration a great success! It was a wonderful party and a good time was had by all.



American Craft Week @ The Peekskill Clay Studios
Oct. 15 - Oct. 31, 2011

Opening: Oct. 15/16 11:00am - 5:00pm
Reception: Oct. 15 @ 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Show runs the following weekends from 11:30am - 4:30pm:
Oct. 22/23
Oct. 29/30
Weekdays by appointment only (until Oct. 31)

The Peekskill Clay Studios (PCS) will be participating in American Craft Week, a celebration bringing together individuals, small businesses and organizations from all fifty states in recognition of the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy.

October 15th opening will feature demonstrations in pottery and hand building technique. The gallery will showcase the functional pottery and sculptural work of: Roger Baumann, Janet Belden, Lisa Breznak, Ada Pilar Cruz, Jessica Dubin, Jane Herold, Lisa Knaus, Susan Kotulak, Deborah Lecce, Tony Moore, Virginia Piazza, and Harriet Ross.

OUR ARTISTS

Janet Belden
Janet Belden has worked in clay for over 30 years. Her interest began while working in a ceramic factory, Louisville Stoneware, in Kentucky. After graduating from the Louisville School of Art, majoring in ceramics and Painting she was part of a riverboat crew that journeyed down the Ohio River to the Mississippi to New Orleans.
She fell in love with the area and later moved to Pass Christian where she established a ceramic studio and began her career in clay. After living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 4 years she moved to New York where she new lives and works.
In both Kentucky and the Gulf coast she was inspired by the natural world around her. For most of her years in ceramics has worked with low fire earthenware. She enjoys the possibilities of the various surface treatments that offer color, design and the painterly aspects of enriching the forms created either on or off the wheel. At present she works mainly in maiolica and also participates in a wood firing at least once a year. She also teaches Ceramics as an Adjunct Professor at Kingsborough Community College and instructs pottery classes at the West Side YMCA and Earthworks Pottery in Manhattan.

Lisa Breznak
Lisa Breznak is a sculptor living and working in Peekskill, NY. Beginning with her first solo exhibit at 14, she has continually exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. She had a solo exhibition at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers NY and has had several artist-in-residences in the US and Japan. She has earned degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology, Goddard College, and did post graduate studies at Parsons School of Design.
She is currently adding to a continuing series of miniature abstract sculptures that play with the power of scale. Using irony, humor and example, she puts social comment into the works that are first and foremost, visually engaging, and then thought provoking.


Ada Pilar Cruz
Ada Pilar Cruz has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a sculptor and craft artist she has been giving art workshops and teaching art in the schools and art programs to children and adults since 1988. She has been a lecturer for the education department of the Museum of Modern Art since 1994 as well as being a professor of art history. Ms. Cruz has exhibited her work in venues including Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Newark Museum, The Garrison Art Center, Greenwich House Pottery and others. She has received numerous awards, including NYFA grant; Irene Wheeler artist award; Empire State Alliance grant; and Jerome Foundation grant, she has been awarded many artist-residencies and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. She works out of her home studio where she makes her clay sculptures as well as paper and book arts.

Jessica Dubin
Jessica Dubin has been making pots for over twenty years. She pursued an undergraduate education at Bennington College in Vermont where she studied Ceramics and Printmaking. After several years as a studio potter, Ms. Dubin returned to school to pursue a master's degree in Ceramics. She earned an M.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1994. As a graduate student, Jessica developed a love of woodfiring, an ancient and physically rigorous firing process. Her pots reveal the subtle colors and textures left by the caress of flame and ash. The pots that she currently makes in her Peekskill studio are predominantly functional. They are made of porcelain or stoneware clay and fired in a wood or gas kiln to cone 10. Ms. Dubin's work has been included in many exhibitions across the country and is featured in a book entitled The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, by Kevin Hluch. Her work has also been included in 500 Bowls and in the publication 500 Cups, both by Lark Books. Her article, In Praise of Incrementalism, was recently published in Studio Potter magazine. She lives in Peekskill, New York with her husband and son.

Jane Herold
I’m at the wonderful age of 55, done with any pretense, relaxed about who I am, free to play, experiment, and make the pots I want to make.  Almost everything I make has to do with food, I hold the thought of what might fill each pot as I throw it.  I aim to make pots the way an apple tree makes apples...naturally, easily…with sensibility but not self consciousness.  Life is too short to live with heartless dishes, I hope mine have warmth and generosity and life to spare.
If I’m at all successful, it means my pots will give pleasure long past the time when I am gone.

Lisa Knaus
Lisa is a potter living and working in New Paltz, NY. While devoted to the rich and smokey surfaces of reduction firing for the last thirty years, she has recently been excited by the bright and vivid colors offered by the electric kiln. Still, form is her main focus.
Lisa is currently an Instructor and the Pottery Studio Manager at Garrison Art Center, where she enjoys interaction with potters at many skill levels. A Student's fascination with the pottery process constantly inspires!





Susan Kotulak
She likes to say that she unencumbered by any formal art education. Susan spent her twenties working as a potter, serving as a studio apprentice and teaching wheel-throwing classes. In her thirties, she maintained her own pottery studio on 83rd St. in Manhattan, showing raku pottery at A Show of Hands Gallery, while holding a “day job” in a major corporate utility.
By her 40th birthday, her responsibilities as a Director of Operations were so demanding that Susan had no time to work in clay. Six years later, as a newly promoted Managing Director she surprised everyone, and opted to take a company-wide early retirement offer.
Susan then established a studio in Soho, to do textiles, and began focusing on learning screen-printing and use of various dyes and discharge chemicals. She developed a large body of wearable art and two years later, received a grant from the American Craft Council to show her work at their wholesale marketplace in Baltimore. After selling hundreds of one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces, Susan became restless, though, and felt the call of the clay again.
Her husband Ron and Susan found their house here in the Hudson Valley, and both established studios. After participating in her first anagama wood firing at Peter’s Valley, though, she was smitten by the beautiful effects of wood firing
She visited Japan, and the home and studio of Otani Shiro, an “Important Intangible Cultural Property” with an introduction from Bruce Dehnert, Peter’s Valley Craft Education Center, Dept Head for Ceramics, which was a further inspiration. She then researched and read all she could find about wood firing, and began to pursue opportunities to wood fire around her home region.
Between firings, her textile work has continued in the form of large-scale panels, monoprints and deconstructed screen prints with a botanical focus mounted as wall art, folding screens, room dividers and large stretched panels that have been installed in a number of corporate and residential settings.

Deborah Lecce
In 1971, while still in High School, my hands first embraced clay. Since then I have found making pots irresistible. Presently, I am working in a variety of clays that allow me to create various types of work including sculptural, fine functional porcelain and stoneware. The clays are a challenging and sensuous medium. Working in a these clays allows me exploration, which brings me various results and keeps the workexciting for me. The Potters Wheel is my primary tool. I often alter the forms that I throw, which create a canvas for surface embellishment. Detail has always been very important to me, whether it be a wavering rim or a surface decoration. Most recently Lecce has been working on large animal forms for the garden along with her function ware. She is currently teaching at her studio as well as The Garrison Art Center, Arts on The Lake, and has has taught at Clayworks on Columbia

Tony Moore
Tony Moore, the British-American sculptor and painter, is represented in international museum collections including Guggenheim Museum and Brooklyn Museum, US, and Yorkshire Museum and Derby Museum, UK.
He received a MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and is the recipient of prestigious awards, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.
In 1998, Moore moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley, establishing “East Mountain Studio” on a mountain top property near Cold Spring, NY.
Now 50 miles north of the city, a spacious studio and Japanese style wood-fired kiln have been built where his unique clay sculptures are fired several times a year.

Virginia Piazza
Virginia Piazza has worked from a studio in her home in Beacon, NY since 2001. Prior to that, she lived in Brooklyn and shared a studio in Williamsburg. She has taught ceramics at various places in Manhattan, including the Crafts Students League (YWCA), the 92nd Y, Chambers Pottery , and also at the Clay Art Center . Currently, she teaches at the Garrison Art Center. She sells her work locally at shows, online, and through shops and galleries.
She earned a BFA degree in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990. Her work was included in BEST OF POTTERY and 500 TEAPOTS.

Harriet Ross
It was forty years ago that the spark for creating in clay was ignited. At that time I was working in a coffee house in Washington, DC. All the coffee cups were handmade. I loved the look and feel of those cups. I knew then that I had found what I wanted to do...I wanted to be a potter.
It wasn’t until several years later, when our family moved to Korea, that I was able to act upon this scary, yet exciting dream. During our three years there, I studied and learned in a creative, supportive atmosphere surrounded by a small group of American potters who shared my passion. Many trips to Japan added a crucial dimension to my experience. The ceramics of the Far East continue to influence my work as does my love for African Art. Another influence is contemporary American potters. Their vision, work and generosity continue to enrich my explorations and discoveries in clay. I feel that the creative process and my life journey are one. It is about internal space, movement that begins from within, the richness of texture, empty space, beginnings and endings.

And: Roger Baumann

For more information, please contact us at (914) 739 CLAY (2529) or peekskillclaystudios@verizon.net.

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A big "Thanks" to everyone who helped make our Peekskill Open Studios Event a great show
and a great party!


May 14 - 29, 2011: Peekskill Open Studios Gallery Show
Exhibition "Teaching Artists"

Judy Sigunick


The Peekskill Clay Studios' new exhibit "Teaching Artists" will feature work by the Hudson Valley's finest clay artist/ teachers. With May being teacher appreciation month, the PCS honors the great contribution of artists who are also dedicated educators. The exhibition will showcase a dynamic range of talent and artistry: From Dina Bursztyn's sculptural work which the New York Times called "Sensual, lonesome" and "enchanting and playful" to Brooke Evans' organic, graceful yet meticulously constructed functional pottery.



Tania Kravath



Weekend Opening: May 14 & 15 from 10am - 6pm


Regular Gallery Opening Hours:
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm
Weekdays 10am - 4pm



Artists listed in alphabetical order, artists with bio & image appear first


Jane Arnold
Jane Arnold has been a clay artist for over thirty years. Her path has been one of self discovery and fortuitous opportunities. As the daughter of a scientist, she was strongly steered away from artistic pursuits as a student. On a trip to Tunisia she first experienced the interaction between clay and artist, watching a local craftsperson create beautiful vessels from a lump of clay wobbling on a wooden wheel in a shed on the roadside. After returning home to New York City, she enrolled in a pottery class and almost soon became Studio Manager. She was then invited to manage the studio at Hunter College, where she worked alongside John Mason and Susan Peterson. She then began teaching at Marymount Manhattan College. She is currently teaching at Earth Works Pottery in New York City and is working in her studio in Red Hook, New York. She has shown in numerous galleries in and around New York including the Gallery Gen, Bachelier Kardonsky Gallery, and most recently at the Marina Gallery in Cold Spring. Her work is shown at the gallery Mix, in Hudson, NY.


Dina Bursztyn
Dina Bursztyn sculpts, draws, paints and writes. She has been awarded numerous public art commissions by New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, and the Public Art Fund, among others. Her work has been represented extensively in galleries, museums and public spaces throughout the country as well as abroad.
It has been featured in The New York Times, Double Take Magazine, Daily News Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, National Public Radio and in numerous journals, books and catalogues.
Originally from Argentina, where she obtained a Masters in Latin American Literature, she has been a long time NY resident. Parallel to practicing her art, Dina has been working in numerous arts in education programs for elementary and middle school students. She co-owns "Open Studio", a gallery in Catskill, where she also teaches adults.


Ada Cruz

Ada Pilar Cruz has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a sculptor and craft artist she has been giving art workshops and teaching art in the schools and art programs to children and adults since 1988. She has been a lecturer for the education department of the Museum of Modern Art since 1994 as well as being a professor of art history. Ms. Cruz has exhibited her work in venues including Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Newark Museum, The Garrison Art Center, Greenwich House Pottery and others. She has received numerous awards, including NYFA grant; Irene Wheeler artist award; Empire State Alliance grant; and Jerome Foundation grant, she has been awarded many artist-residencies and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. She works out of her home studio where she makes her clay sculptures as well as paper and book arts.


Jessica Dubin















Jessica Dubin has been making pots for over twenty years. She pursued an undergraduate education at Bennington College in Vermont where she studied Ceramics and Printmaking. After several years as a studio potter, Ms. Dubin returned to school to pursue a master's degree in Ceramics. She earned an M.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1994. As a graduate student, Jessica developed a love of woodfiring, an ancient and physically rigorous firing process. Her pots reveal the subtle colors and textures left by the caress of flame and ash. The pots that she currently makes in her Peekskill studio are predominantly functional. They are made of porcelain or stoneware clay and fired in a wood or gas kiln to cone 10. Ms. Dubin's work has been included in many exhibitions across the country and is featured in a book entitled The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, by Kevin Hluch. Her work has also been included in 500 Bowls and in the publication 500 Cups, both by Lark Books. Her article, In Praise of Incrementalism, was recently published in Studio Potter magazine. She lives in Peekskill, New York with her husband and son.


Brooke Evans

Brooke Evans began her evolution as a potter in Baltimore, Maryland working as a member of Baltimore Clayworks. In 1995 she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz where she began her development of wood-fired surfaces on thrown and altered porcelain. In the past 2 years an interest in modern design has influenced her practice with the adoption of hand-building and slip casting techniques and a dramatic shift away from wood-fired surfaces to a more simplified glaze pallette. Despite these significant changes in practice, the recent work translates the same organic and graceful sensibility of form and function integral to her earlier work.


Deborah Lecce

In 1971, while still in High School, my hands first embraced clay. Since then I have found making pots irresistible. Presently, I am working in a variety of clays that allow me to create various types of work including sculptural, fine functional porcelain and stoneware. The clays are a challenging and sensuous medium. Working in a these clays allows me exploration, which brings me various results and keeps the workexciting for me. The Potters Wheel is my primary tool. I often alter the forms that I throw, which create a canvas for surface embellishment. Detail has always been very important to me, whether it be a wavering rim or a surface decoration. Most recently Lecce has been working on large animal forms for the garden along with her function ware. She is currently teaching at her studio as well as The Garrison Art Center, Arts on The Lake, and has has taught at Clayworks on Columbia


Lisa Knaus

Lisa is a potter living and working in New Paltz, NY. While devoted to the rich and smokey surfaces of reduction firing for the last thirty years, she has recently been excited by the bright and vivid colors offered by the electric kiln. Still, form is her main focus.
Lisa is currently an Instructor and the Pottery Studio Manager at Garrison Art Center, where she enjoys interaction with potters at many skill levels. A Student's fascination with the pottery process constantly inspires!







Tania Kravath















Warrior Women started appearing in my work several years ago. I understand them as spiritual travelers, warriors of nonaggression who hear the cries of the world and bear witness to collective memory of struggles for justice and peace.






Judy Sigunick

Sculptor Judy Sigunick lives and works in Cragsmoor, New York, where she creates objects that speak to the traditions of clay and its role in archaeology and the tracing of history.  In addition to an active studio practice, Sigunick has numerous public commissions, including the Morse School Hudson River Mural in Poughkeepsie, NY, the Ulster County Poorhouse Memorial in New Paltz, NY, Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie, Anderson School for Autism, the Rosendale Rhinoceros  placed in Rosendale, NY, and a 60’ concrete whale on the Hudson River.
In 1993 she received her MFA in Sculpture at SUNY New Paltz and currently teaches  ceramics at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY.



More artists:
Roger Bauman
Anat Shiftan




For more information:
PEEKSKILL CLAY STUDIOS @ The Hat Factory
1000 N Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

(914) 739 CLAY (2529)
peekskillclaystudios@verizon.net


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October 1-10, 2011: American Crafts Week
December 2011: Peekskill Education Fund Annual Fundraiser Ceramics Sale and Gallery Show