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Artist presenters

These acclaimed artists and designers will be offering artist talks and demonstrations of their craft. See agenda for dates and times.

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; MFA, Arizona State University

Jessica Calderwood is an image-maker and sculptor that works primarily with the mediums of metal, enamel, and esoteric crafts. She uses a combination of traditional and industrial metalworking processes as a means to make statements about contemporary life.

She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis Metalworking. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University in Indiana.

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts

Lisa Clague is an internationally known sculptor. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and twice received the Virginia Groot Foundation Grant. Clague's work has been exhibited at the Macon Museum of Art, Georgia; The DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Massachusetts; The John Elder Gallery, New York and The Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Arizona.

She recently participated in the World Ceramic Biennale, Trans Ceramic Art in Korea. Clague also teaches workshops all over the county. Presently, she is working on work for SOFA Chicago and will be teaching multiple workshops at the Estudio Paloma in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

Degree BFA, Glass, Cleveland Institute of Art

Nate Cotterman is a Los Angeles-based glass designer/maker. He is known for his modern interpretation of glass objects, using traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques. Challenging low-end production with innovative design and handmade quality. Nate Cotterman has created a line of bar ware, lighting, and home décor that is both subtle and powerful. His simple forms highlight the natural beauty of the material. The fluidity of the material inspires and enables constant evolution in the design and production of each piece.

Nate graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass. He has worked as a gaffer for some of today’s top designers and makers. He is a sought after instructor in the field, having demonstrated across the US at institutions such as the University of Montana, Cleveland Institute of Art, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Pilchuck School of Glass. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, he has worked as a gaffer at 141 Penn Studio. Nate Cotterman exhibits annually at the NY NOW International Gift Show’s Accent on Design. Nate's work is carried by retailers worldwide.

Ian McDonald is an artist living and working in the United States. He has shown throughout the U.S, Europe and Japan, including Play Mountain and the Curators Cube in Tokyo, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, The New Wight Gallery at UCLA in Los Angeles and Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York City. European venues include, Nieuwe Vide Gallery in Holland, Sophienholm Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen Denmark,and the Svendborg Kunstingbygning Museum in Svendborg Denmark. In 2007 he was awarded the "Premio Faenza" from the Museo Internazionale della Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy.

He has completed residencies in Holland at the European Ceramic Workcenter, the Museum of International Ceramics in Denmark and the Museum of Fine Arts at the De Young Art Center in San Francisco. His work has appeared or been mentioned in numerous publications including Art Forum, Metropolis, Wallpaper Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Dwell and The New York Times. From 2003-2015 he was on the Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute in the Ceramics and Sculpture Department. He currently lives and works in Bloomfield Hills Michigan and is the Artist-in-Residence and Area Head of Ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Judith Schaechter has lived and worked in Philadelphia since graduating in 1983 with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Program.

She has exhibited widely, including in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, The Hague and Vaxjo Sweden. Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Hermitage in Russia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and numerous other public and private collections.

She is the recipient of many grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Crafts, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Award, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awards, The Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Foundation grant.

Judith’s work is noted in two survey-type history textbooks: Women Artists by Nancy Heller and Makers by Bruce Metcalf and Janet Koplos.

Judith has taught workshops at numerous venues, including the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, the Penland School of Crafts, Toyama Institute of Glass (Toyama, Japan), Australia National University in Canberra Australia.

She has taught courses at Rhode Island School of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy, the New York Academy of Art and at The University of the Arts, where she is ranked as an adjunct professor.

Judith's work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, a collateral exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2012 and she is a 2008 USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow. In 2013 Judith was inducted into the American Craft Council College of Fellows.

Twitter: @juditschaechter
Instagram: @judithschaechter

Degree BFA, Sculpture, University of Akron; MFA, Metalsmithing, Southern Illinois University

Stephen Yusko has worked as a studio artist for over 20 years, making forged and fabricated steel vessels, furniture and sculpture. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Akron, Ohio, was the artist-in-residence at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Yusko currently lives and works in Cleveland, OH where he is the artist-in-residence at Rose Iron Works.

Yusko has taught at several schools and universities, including Haystack School of Crafts (ME), Penland School of Crafts (NC), and Webster University (MO); and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Haystack School of Crafts. Yusko has exhibited his work widely including the Metal Museum (TN) and the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) has been published in several books of contemporary metalwork, including 500 Metal Vessels by Lark Books.

In 2011, Stephen Yusko was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, which is a grant funded through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

In 2013, Yusko received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.