I started making pottery while studying for my PhD in gerontology. For me it was “musty dug up earth, quiet morning, wheel turning, anticipation,” a peaceful feeling of being in the right place. Today I feel fortunate to spend most of my time in the studio making pottery, and teaching the diverse people who sign up for our classes and share their creative energy with us. One of my goals is to combine my background in gerontology and love of ceramics by offering “Creative Adventures Close To Home” for Boomers and recent retirees. I hope my own pottery reflects what I learned from my teachers, who made/make thoughtful work primarily intended for every day use. I enjoy making things that highlight the natural plasticity and texture of clay, a humble, common material transformed by the heat of the kiln.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I’ve utilized clay, clay-like material and other media for the past 15 years in a variety of settings including nursing homes and social service agencies, and with individuals and groups. More recently I expanded my clay therapy practice to Full-Circle Pottery. My intent is to encourage participants to express and understand emotions through the creative process. I hope others will discover the therapeutic nature of clay, benefits of which may include reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as self-discovery, personal fulfiillment, empowerment, relaxation, and tranquility. Personally I find the non-verbal, intuitive and soothing aspects of clay essential and enjoyable. My own work is playful and often reflects my practice
Cullen is a founding member of Full-Circle Pottery and leads the “Sunday Members” sessions. Cullen’s much admired hand built slab work is sleek and modern, and he shares his approach in workshops at the studio.
Claudia is a founding member of Full-Circle Pottery and leads the Monday evening Adult Studio Session for members. Claudia’s primary forming method is the pottery wheel. A biologist and translator, her ceramic work is elegant, with an eye towards color and pattern.
Michelle is a high school ceramics teacher at Marina High School and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). A dedicated ceramicist, Michelle’s work is both hand built and thrown, and focuses on color and surface design. She has been teaching adult hand building classes and workshops, and Clay Kids classes and summer camps at Full-Circle Pottery since the studio opened in 2013.
Ron started throwing clay at Full-Circle Pottery in 2016 and hasn’t stopped making ever bigger, taller pots, vases and lidded jars. He leads the Thursday evening “Adult Studio Session.”
Pam Stanley is a founding member of Full-Circle Pottery and teaches the studio’s structured private classes on Sundays and Mondays. Pam’s work is personal and creative, with richly textured and adorned surfaces. In addition to her pottery practice, Pam is a talented gourd artist.
Leigh Anne is a Full-Circle Potter and volunteers to keep the studio looking sharp. Her pottery is often playful and reflects her work as a researcher in biology and zoology.
Henry, a sculptor of faces, is the studio’s first intern. He will be opening the doors for the 4-7 Sunday Members session; you will meet him as a student and potter in classes, workshops and Adult Studio Sessions; and he will be helping keep the studio running behind the scenes.
Basak teaches adult introductory wheel and Clay Kids classes at the studio. Join her to explore the intersection of craft and self-expression, and to experience the meditative qualities of working with clay. Basak comes to Full-Circle from Toros Pottery in Eagle Rock, where she started her clay life learning from Toros Tngrian, and where she first began teaching. When she’s not at Full-Circle Pottery, you can find Basak doing production work and small batch functional pottery for everyday use.