Our Instructors


KBinnsRing Kathy Binns

Kathy Binns has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and has worked in the jewelry business for 20 years. She has done museum reproduction work for the Smithsonian and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston gift catalogs as well as the Boston Symphony, UNH and the American Independence Museum. Kathy has exhibited her work across the US, is a former partner in Candia Enterprizes, a fine jewelry casting company and creates custom silver and gold pieces in her studio in Candia.

LDilmoreSoupBowlandMugs Lorraine Dilmore

Lorraine Dilmore works in wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain and explores the medium with rich warm glazes and textures. She also incorporates her studies of sumi-e, Japanese brushwork, with its subtlety and simplicity, into her work. The designs are applied directly on the wet, freshly-thrown pots as they spin slowly on the wheel, creating a fluid, spontaneous effect. No two pieces are exactly alike, although the “feel” is consistent throughout the line of work. A visit to Lorraine’s studio will find her at the wheel, surrounded by wildflowers, leaves and cut flowers from her many gardens. From these natural sources of inspiration, she experiments and creates shapes and forms in clay to be decorated with a variety of colored clay “slips.” This durable, functional, and attractive pottery is oven-proof and dishwasher and microwave safe. All glazes are lead-free. Lorraine is a Fine Arts graduate of SUNY/ Potsdam. She teaches pottery at Exeter Fine Crafts and is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.

DEssensaFusedGlassPendant Dacia Essensa

Dacia considers herself mainly a painter, focusing on abstract mixed media with her paintings and fused glasswork. Struggling with perfection, Dacia is very meticulous in the creation of her pieces. A constant back and forth of building a piece up and then covering it or taking parts of it off, the process can seem never ending. However, Dacia always has that aha moment, where suddenly the work will look complete and the struggle is finished. The concepts behind her artwork are not literal and she hopes her work will resonate with viewers in such a way that it will be innately understood. Dacia’s commercial work focuses on her skills in warm glass as well as jewelry making.

DFairchildGreenCollarNecklaceCloseup Deb Fairchild

Creating exquisite jewelry, clothing and decorative items out of seed (or small) beads, Deb Fairchild is well versed in off-loom and loom weaving techniques as well as related media such as chain maille and polymer clay. Although Deb works with many off-loom bead-weaving techniques, she especially enjoys the lacy, supple fabrics created from the freeform expression of right-angle weave, bead netting and brick stitch. The freeform platform also allows Deb to experiment with color and adaptations of technique that have become the hallmark of her work. Having been beadweaving since 2003, every piece Deb creates is a one-of-a-kind study in color, rhythm, movement and form. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, her work can be found in galleries throughout the state.

TFarmakisFeltedFeltedSantas Tif Farmakis

Tif Farmakis has been dabbling in some form of fine art since as long as she can remember. Drawing came naturally to her as a child. Through the careful observation of cartoons and books, she began formulating her own characters and techniques. It was this love of cartooning that brought Tif into the journalism world. After moving to southern California on a whim, she landed a part-time editorial cartoon job for a local newspaper. As her duties increased at her new job, she switched majors from Fine Arts to Journalism and eventually completed her Associates degree in Journalism at Los Angeles Valley College. After retuning to New Hampshire in the Summer of 2005, Tif worked independently writing and illustrating for various online publications and companies. However, she was beginning to feel less enthused about remaining a journalist and decided to finish pursuing her Fine Arts degree. In May 2010, Tif received a BFA in Illustration from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is currently working as a freelance Painter and Illustrator and part time employee at Exeter Fine Crafts.

LGormleyPendEarSet Lia Gormley

Lia Gormley's passion for jewelry started while a student at Rhode Island School of Design. She entered school with the intention of becoming an illustrator, however soon realized that she was drawn to working three dimensionally and found that making jewelry was the perfect outlet for her creativity. After graduating with a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals, Lia worked as a goldsmith for a designer in Manhattan, where she perfected her craftsmanship and attention to detail. In 2000, Lia earned the title of Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. Her fascination with the beauty of gemstones encourages her to continuously explore gemology through advanced studies. She designs and creates each piece of jewelry utilizing traditional goldsmith techniques. Combining 18k gold and platinum with precious gemstones inspires her to create lasting pieces of jewelry with an heirloom quality.

WJacksonTurtlePlatter Wendy Jackson

Wendy Jackson creates wood-fired pottery featuring sgraffito images of animals and trees. With deep hue variations and rich surface texture, Wendy’s work reflects a deep appreciation for the wood-firing process. A method that is often demanding and lengthy, not only does Wendy prepare the wood, but she must also maintain and fire the kiln. Although laborious, the process is very rewarding as the extreme heat and wood ash produces a stunning array of results. Having dabbled in the clay medium for years, the majority of Wendy’s pieces are built from porcelain clay slabs. Many of those pieces feature beautiful surface patterns achieved through the sgraffito technique of carving through a clay surface to expose the layer below. Wendy waits till the piece reaches a leather-hardened state before carving her naturalistic designs. For her tree silhouette work, Wendy applies a slip glaze, a thin mixture of clay with colorant, that provides a sharp contrast between the plain clay body and slip glaze that turns black when fired. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Wendy’s work can be found in galleries across the state.

PKingNunoScarf Paula King

Paula was introduced to felting almost twenty years ago and is constantly inspired by the refinements in techniques and materials. Excited to teach the best new methods from her exploration with the medium, Paula loves to share what she has learned. Believing everyone has a creative soul that should be nurtured, she is proud to be able to say, "every time I teach a class I learn something!" Paula has taught craft and cooking classes for many years at Kittery Adult Education and recently at her local Bow Lake Grange Hall in Strafford, NH.

RLagasseBasketWeaving Ray Lagasse

Creating hand woven baskets that draw from traditional techniques yet have their own unique features, Ray Lagasse learned basket weaving in order to pass on the craft to Elementary school children. Incorporating hardwood bases inside the basket and runners on the bottom, Ray uses fine hardwoods for the handles and lids. Scouring small local mills for these specialty woods, which include bird’s-eye maple, spalted ash, dark tiger maple, and cherry, Ray has also used antique chestnut barn boards. Rather than work with a mold, Ray free-weaves his baskets, using an Indian cross-stitch, instead of staples or nails, to bind the rim. He finishes each basket with brass tacks and rivets, and incorporates harness leather in some designs like his Wine Baskets or Lidded Baskets. Finally, Ray rubs each basket with non-toxic lemon-bean oil that enhances the subtleties of the wood and allows the baskets to be food-safe. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Ray has won many awards for his work including first prize at the League’s 2004 “Living with Crafts” exhibit. His work can be found in fine craft galleries across the state.

SLeePotterySelection Sharon Lee

Fascinated with the surface texture of an object, Sharon Lee’s creates rustic stoneware pottery with warm earth tones that echo the natural surface of clay. Making each piece by hand with traditional techniques including: slab building, coil construction, pinching, Sharon tries to leave some evidence of the seams where she has joined the pieces of clay. She then adds any impressed designs that appeals to her, resulting in a unique, organic piece pottery. To accentuate the texture Sharon covers the entire piece with a coloring oxide then wipes off the surface so that only the indentations hold the stain. Sometimes she uses a glaze and sometimes she leaves the work unglazed. The pieces are then fired to maturation. The materials she uses are not toxic and her work is completely safe for use with food. Sharon studied art at the Museum School in Boston and received an MFA from Tufts University. Her main focus was printing, specifically intaglio printing of any kind (etching, collagraph, wood cuts, etc.) that would emphasize the surface texture. Surface texture continues to interest her and has become a main focus in her ceramic work. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and New Hampshire Arts Association, Sharon’s work can be found in galleries throughout the state.

SSmithPaperMarbling Sarah Smith

Using the technique paper marbling to create dazzling colors and textures on her notebooks, gift cards and more, Sarah Smith is carrying on an ancient tradition. Paper Marbling is the process of floating paint on a medium of carrageenan (a sea weed extract) and water. The paint is then drawn with a series of tools to produce a wide variety of one-of-kind prints. No two are alike and each one is a unique work of art. The art of marbling began in the Mid-East almost 1,000 years ago and was practiced in Europe in the 1600’s. Marbling became an important part of bookbinding and continues to be used in the construction of fine handmade books.

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