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Faculty

Our faculty are the best in their fields. Many are nationally and internationally recognized artists with years of studio and teaching experience. Most have continued to hone their craft right here in our studios. If you want to learn from the experts, then look no further.

BEV AROH has worked as a studio potter in California for 20 years and at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design for the last ten years. She creates wheel-thrown and altered porcelain and stoneware, as well as Raku, and has exhibited her work throughout the United States. 

DAN BARNETT earned a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from SIU-Edwardsville. His experience as chemist, ceramics instructor and studio technician are a great resource in his teaching at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. His ceramic work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and both his metal work and his clay work are in many private collections.

KATIE BENSKY received her BA in Business, and eventually followed her passion into the clay studio, where she secured her MA in Sculpture at Fontbonne University in 1996. She now works on Commissions while raising her family in St. Louis.

JOHN BOSS has a BS in Art from SIUE. He has worked with clay pottery for over twenty years with a focus is on high fire reduction pottery, specializing in functional ware. John offers his work in many different venues and his work resides all over the world.

BEVERLY BRANDT has her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Webster University and teaches art in University City public schools. She works in glass, metals and mosaics and teaches Craft Alliance adult and children's classes in fused and stained glass. She is the current Chair of the glass studio.

ALEXA CLAVIJO earned a BFA from Webster University in St. Louis, focusing on mixed media and sculptural art. She joins Craft Alliance this year, teaching children and adults to create art with new techniques and familiar materials. 

ANDREW DENNEY earned his BA from Bradford College and MFA from the RIT, School for American Crafts. He apprenticed with the Ohi Chozaemon family in Japan, which has made tea ceremony utensils since 1666. His ceramics have appeared in several national and international exhibitions.

ELAINE DILLER has an MS from Case Western reserve, Ohio. She has been turning wood at Craft Alliance since 2006, after studying pottery and metalsmithing for many years. She has teaching experience with students of all levels and backgrounds.

KELLY DRAPER received a BA in French from Webster University. She has studied metalsmithing with Joe Muench and Jan Hessel and has shown her work at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and other locations throughout St. Louis.

PEG FETTER received her BFA in drawing from Winthrop College and her MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis under the tutelage of Heikki Seppa. Peg has exhibited her jewelry creations in the metropolitan area for some time.

ALICE M. GADEL is originally from New Orleans, LA. She worked as the Prop Creator for an organization called “Teaching Responsible Earth Education” for nine years. She began teaching at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in 2000, and works primarily with young children in clay and two-dimensional media. 

MICHAEL GLEASON received his BFA from the University of Kansas in silversmithing. He is a charter member of the Midwest Metalsmiths Society and has written articles and held workshops promoting the organization. Michael's commissions and jewelry may be seen throughout St. Louis area. 

KEVIN HEARD discovered lampworking after taking a class with a group of friends, and has been obsessed with art form ever since, participating in classes, open studio, and visiting instructor workshops.  Kevin enjoys the limitless possibilities of lampworking, and especially hollow beads and reactive glass.

MARY HENDERSON holds a BFA in ceramics from SIU-Edwardsville and a BA in anthropology from Beloit College. She brings to her teaching a knowledge of prehistoric ceramics and technology, as well as a passion for expressive work in clay. Besides teaching, Mary is an artist who maintains a studio in St. Louis.

JAN HESSEL has wide experience teaching metals and has been instrumental in the development of the metals program at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. She earned her MFA degree in Art Metahowels from Washington University in Saint Louis where she studied with master goldsmith Heikki Seppa.

JEFF HORNUNG has been an artist and maker for over 32 years He began woodturning as therapy and it has evolved into a creative outlet and a business and teaching platform.  Jeff’s is currently in two museums and showing at the High Point Gallery in PA.  

CINDY HOWENSTEIN earned a BFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and an AD from Forest Park Community College. She has studied with Helen Shirk and Chuck Evans. Cindy is represented in the Evansville Museum of Art; she sells and exhibits her jewelry and sculpture throughout the region.

RACHEL KALMAN earned a BA in Painting from The University of Puget Sound and is currently pursuing her MFA at Washington University, St. Louis. She has worked as a fine arts instructor in a variety of media and joins Craft Alliance's Summer Program teaching Drawing.

DEBORAH KATON has her MFA and BFA in sculpture. She has studied in Rome, Italy, Sydney, Australia, and Nanjing, China. She has been blowing glass for over ten years and currently teaches a variety of the glass classes at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. Her work can be seen online at www.katonstudios.com.

MICHELE KATZ-REICHLIN, a teaching artist since 1999, obtained her Art K-12 certification through Webster University after having earned an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. She has exhibited her found-object and ceramic sculpture locally and regionally since 1992.

JOANNE KLUBA is a St. Louis book artist, specializing in fine bindings, art books and custom books. She has a BFA from Webster University in Saint Louis and has been studying bookmaking for over 10 years. Her books have been exhibited in France and throughout the United States. Her works may also be viewed at www.paperbirds.com.

NICK KUNTZ has a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University and is co-founder of St. Louis Small Press Expo. He has created two published mini-comic series has taught adults and children to tell stories with their drawings.

ANDREA LINSKEY attended Truman State University for a BA and MAE.  She has been working in clay for seven years and most enjoys making thrown and altered functional vessels.

QUN LIU studied fine art and graduated from a university in China and then later moved to Paris for two years to continue her studies in contemporary art. Qun was introduced in felting concepts and design in Paris and has been working with felt materials for over six years. 

DENISE MANDEL was commissioned to weave "Papal Coat of Arms" tapestry for the Pope's visit to St. Louis. This is the fifth work by Denise purchased by the Cathedral Basilica. She earned her BFA at Kansas City Art Institute and has produced an instructional video entitled, "Creating a Weaving Canvas."

CATHY MCBRIDE is a fiber artist with a BS in Art Education. She began learning about Shibori in classes at Craft Alliance and teaches fabric dyeing and watercolor painting to all ages.

TOM MCCARTHY earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and has been making jewelry for thirty years. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. McCarthy has contributed a chapter to The Penland Book of Jewelry, Lark Books.

CHELSEA MCDANIEL earned a BFA in sculpture from Webster University, St. Louis. She teaches all ages and joined the Craft Alliance faculty in 2017 as the glass instructor for the summer camp program.  She enjoys being part of an artist community.  

SARAH MICHELSON earned a BS from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is an assistant to a local St. Louis metalsmith and has worked with youth programs. She joins Craft Alliance this summer to teach metals camps at the Grand Center location.

KELLY MILLER earned her BFA in Metals and Jewelry from SCAD and her MFA in metalsmithing from SIU, Edwardsville. Kelly has been published in several books and exhibited nationally. In the fall of 2015, Kelly was a contestant on a jewelry making reality show on Jewelry Television (JTV) called Rockstar Designer. 

ROBERT THOMAS MULLEN received a BFA in metalsmithing and a BFA in photography from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a MFA in metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Beginning was one of  the 2015 Metals Artists-in-Residence at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, in Grand Center.

EMMA NOWLIN earned a BFA from Webster University, St. Louis with an emphasis in Sculpture. She has worked as an instructor at the former St. Louis Tech Shop and taught in the STEAM program. She joins Craft Alliance’s summer camp program teaching in the Graphics and 2D studios at Grand Center.

MICHAEL PARRETT earned a BA in graphic design and photography from Webster University and his MFA from SIU-Edwardsville while studying with Paulette Myers. Michael exhibits his jewelry, flatware, hollowware and sculptures locally and nationally and has recently been published in the Lark Book 500 Metal Vessels: Contemporary Explorations of Containment. He was  the 2009-2010 Metals Artist-in-Residence at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in Grand Center. 

JOAN POWELL earned a BA in ceramics from Webster University. Her experience includes several years as a graphic designer, painting, drawing, and ceramics. She teaches clay classes to all ages and exhibits her wok locally and nationally.

SHWETA SARRAF is from India, where she completed studies in Textile Design at the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), India, and won the best design of the year award. She has teaching experience with both children and adults, and expertise in traditional and contemporary resist dye techniques.

KATRINA SHANNON earned a BA from Saint Louis University with specialization in Photography and Multimedia. She has more than 10 years of experience working with youth and developing programs on storytelling through the lens of the camera.

MEGAN SINGLETON has an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from Webster University in St. Louis. Her work crisscrosses the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking and digital applications and she “creates works that resonate with the materiality and rhythms of the natural world.” Megan is the new Fiber Artist-in-Residence and is excited to teach papermaking begin a new body of work.

DAMIA SMITH earned an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from the University of Kansas and her BFA in Metalsmithing and a BS in Art Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions and recognized by several awards. She was the inaugural Metal Artist-in-Residence at Craft Alliance and has recently returned to the St. Louis area.

MOLLY SVOBODA earned an AA degree from St. Louis Community College, Forest Park, where she was the lab assistant in the ceramics studio, and is working on her BFA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has worked with children of all ages.

LUANNE RIMEL, currently the Senior Director of Education & Exhibition Programs at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, earned an MFA in Fibers from SIU-Edwardsville and has taught numerous workshops, college classes and residencies in fiber-related media. Her combined silk and photographic work is exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in many private collections. You can see her work at www.luannerimel.com

PAM STANLEY received an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. Pam has taught both children and adults all aspects of working with clay, and her work has been exhibited throughout the country.

YUKO SUGA received an Intense Minor in Metals from Washington University in Saint Louis under the tutelage of Heikki Seppa and a Master's in Occupational Therapy from the Washington University School of Medicine. She works with children with special needs and facilitates skill development through art, play and movement. Her work in metals is exhibited both locally and nationally.

MERI ELLEN TAYLOR has an MA in Education from Maryville University and has been creating with metals for over 25 years. Her work employs a variety of techniques, often utilizing unexpected and alternative materials to execute her designs.

MALAIKA TOLFORD has a BA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works with both children and adults in handbuilding and wheel thrown clay, and mixed media. She is the 2018 Community Programs Artist-in-Residence.

CARLA TUETKEN has a Masters of Education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and currently teaches art at Hazelwood High School. She is an active silk painter and watercolor artist and joins the faculty of Craft Alliance this fall.

PATRICK TULLER earned a BA in Commercial Art from Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO. He has an extensive background in comics and graphic design and is a freelance artist for Image Comics and Antarctic Press.

ELSIE TUTTLE earned her degree from DePaul University, Chicago, IL. She is an early childhood and elementary art teacher and has experience with a wide range of art materials and techniques.

JANICE WALLACE holds an AD from Penn Valley Community College and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in drawing and printmaking. Her work appeared in the International Print Exchange at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

THOMAS WIGGINS studied for six years in South America before returning to the US to complete his BFA degree at Kent State University in Kent, OH. He teaches wheel-throwing at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a NEA/NEFA Artist Fellowship.

SUE WUEST has been exploring many different art media throughout her artistic life. Lampwork became the focus of her creativity as soon as the introduction was made over 5 years ago. She has studied with Jim Smircich, Corina Tettinger and Jeri Warhaftig. Her work is sold locally and has been featured in Corina's Spotlight On book series. She is currently the Treasurer of the St. Louis Lampworkers Society.