Our Instructors


KBlackmerStainedGlassFlowerCloseup Kathy Blackmer

Kathy Blackmer of “Our Glass Studio” creates both functional and sculptural pieces of art glass. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, Kathy enjoys depicting various places she has seen or experiences she has had through her glasswork. By combining color and texture, she can create a plethora of unique patterns, resulting in work full of movement, depth and dimension. Working with either stained glass or warm (kiln-formed) glass, her process can vary. Creating a stained glass piece involves cutting and fitting the glass pieces precisely, wrapping each piece of glass with an adhesive copper foil and then soldering them together along the length of the seams. Kathy then cleans the work and applies a Patina finish. Her kiln formed glass technique varies depending on whether the artist is fusing two or more layers of glass or slumping (heating glass at lower a temperature to achieve a desire shape.) The slumping process often involves the use of a mold to form the glass. Having worked with glass since 1981, Kathy combined her love of the medium with a Business Technology degree. Creating, “Our Glass Studio” in 1989, she teaches classes in stained and fused glass, sells raw materials & displays her own creations. A juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Kathy’s work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout New England.

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.

TFarmakisFeltedFeltedKittiesCats Tif Farmakis-Day

Tif Farmakis-Day 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.

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.

Fire Pond Pottery Larry and Jessica Lubowsky

Larry and Jesica Lubowsky are the owners of Fire Pond Pottery in Fremont, NH. They create their functional, one of a kind, stoneware pieces in their home studio. Larry and Jessica are members of the New Hampshire Potters Guild.

SRatnoffLazySusan Susan Ratnoff

Working almost exclusively in hardwoods including: cherry, oak, maple, tiger maple, paduk, wenge and black walnut, Susan Ratnoff of Taking Shape Designs creates stunning fine furniture and home accessories. Inspiration for each of Susan’s individually handcrafted pieces comes from the very woods itself. Strongly influenced by the Shaker, Mission and Arts and Crafts movements, Susan combines the geometric aspects of those styles using contrasting woods that not only compliment the timber’s natural features, but accentuate them. Although Susan often uses clear finishes/oils on cherry, walnut and maple to enhance the wood's natural beauty, she will stain or paint other woods to provide a greater variety of color combinations and designs. A retired school administrator, Susan has been crafting woodworks for over 30 years. Although she thoroughly enjoyed working with friends on woodworking projects both large and small (homebuilding and finish carpentry under the guidance of a master craftsman teacher), she knew that pursuing a career in education would be equally satisfying and more practical. When she officially retired in 2008, Susan created Taking Shape Designs to allow her earlier training and passion for woodworking to blossom. Initially working solely on commissioned based projects, Susan has expanded her work to include one-of-a-kind cutting/serving boards, lazy Susans, mirrors, tables and a variety of other woodcrafts.

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