A Conway native, Jennie Blair received a BFA in Studio Arts from Plymouth State University in 2000. She continued her studies over the next 15 years, completing an apprenticeship in Whitefish, MT, and managing a production pottery studio in Bozeman, MT, all the while developing her own pottery business. She moved back east in 2013, and has been making beautiful functional pottery in her studio in Conway ever since. Jennie has been teaching pottery classes at the North Conway League of NH Craftsmen since 2013.
With a background in psychology, behavioral psychology, elementary education, and educational administration, Darcy Kane has found her lifetime passion in teaching and learning. Darcy threw her first pot at Kennett High School under the tutelage of Robert Wright from Sandwich, NH, and spent most of her high school days in the art room throwing pots, making enameled jewelry and working with wood. Mr. Wright was an enormous influence on her, instilling in her a love of creating with hands, heart, and mind, as well as a deep understanding of how our actions impact others and the planet. In 2001 Darcy rediscovered her love of clay when she took a series of pottery lessons with Karissa Masse and truly began to develop her skills as a potter, finding her voice in clay. She set up her own studio and grew Naughty Dog Pottery in 2006, becoming a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 2008.
Originally from Lovell, ME, Karissa Masse has made her living teaching art, making pottery, and managing galleries since she left school. She earned her BFA from RIT in 1999 where she studied ceramics and sculpture. Upon graduation, she spent a year teaching art and pottery at art centers in Rochester, NY. In 2001 she established Earth & Fire with her partner, a pottery and glassblowing studio in North Conway, NH, where she continued to teach pottery lessons. She taught art at Fryeburg Academy from 2004 until her son was born in 2006. She has been the owner and curator of the League of NH Craftsmen Gallery in North Conway since 2006. Karissa has been managing the education program and teaching ceramics at the League since 2008.
“Everybody knows Gabe!” Gabe Ohlson was born and raised here in the Mount Washington Valley, where his family has established a number of successful businesses he helps run and maintain. Gabe discovered clay while attending Gould Academy, class of 2004. He studied ceramics and earned his BFA in Studio Arts from Montana State University in 2010. During his college years Gabe routinely spent time at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. In 2018 Gabe became involved at the at the North Conway League of Craftsmen, helping with studio maintenance and hosting Open Studios. Gabe began teaching pottery classes in 2021.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Stuart began working with clay in 2016 at Colorado College, and quickly fell in love with making functional ceramics. She went on to graduate with a degree in Studio Art: Integrative Design and Architecture. She continued her exploration of clay in North Carolina, where she also taught ceramics classes at Firefly Valley Pottery before moving up to New Hampshire. She loves working with clay because of its tactility and responsiveness, and is interested in the functional object as a way to integrate beauty and art into everyday routines and objects. Outside of the studio, Stuart loves reading, cooking, and spending time outside climbing, biking, or skiing.
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