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Our Resident Artists

Our resident artists act as our full time teaching faculty. Each artists brings a diversity of experiences to the classroom and their art. This offers students a variety of techniques that include wheel throwing, hand building, sculpture, and carving. Their varied training is passed on to the students, making the experience at Clay Arts Vegas rich and supportive. Artist bring finished works into classes and expose students to both traditional and alternative firings.

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CHUCK ARNETT - "One has to remain flexible!" After graduating high school in May, 1964, Chuck started his working life as a delivery boy for King's Flowers. His investigations into working with clay and glaze formulation started at nearly the same time. Shortly after starting investigations with a home made potters wheel, he was drafted into the Army (Vietnam Era.) While Chuck was in the army he continued to research and learn about techniques for pottery. When he finished his service duties, he returned to Vegas and again took up making pottery. During this period he assisted Wally Wallace in teaching City of Las Vegas Adult Pottery Classes ,at Wally's home, the City had no facilities. The classes exposed students to all the facets of pottery making; clay exploration in the wild, clay mixing, glaze formulation, firing techniques, as well as the"normal" pottery and hand-building techniques. Chucks career lead him to Head Floral Designer and Diesel Bus Mechanic; through all of this he has continued to grow as a potter and rubbing shoulders with artists like; Peter Myers, Mike McCollum, Tom and Elaine Coleman, Susan Filley, and so many others who have visited Las Vegas to direct work shops. Chuck was also one of the founding member of the Nevada Clay Guild in 1990.
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Thomas Bumblauskas' work in ceramics utilizes small and medium-size functional vessels. These vessels allow him into intimate settings, where he asks the viewer to think about themselves. Thom's work pulls from the things which we fear, how we remember, how we communicate, and how we carry childhood experiences into our adult lives. Thom's microcosms explore the human traits we often hide from ourselves and others. Confronting the audience and more closely examining the universal nature of life, fear, humor, and absurdity, making the viewer see themselves in a new way. His work has been featured in numerous galleries and collected though-out the country. Brian Paco Alvarez compared to the work of George Orr, the self-proclaimed "Mad Potter of Biloxi.".   Thomas work can be found at  MUDFIRE'S (Atlanta, GA), EARTH WIND AND FIRE Larime WY, and Clay Arts Vegas.  Thomas is also an accomplished award winning scenic designer with numerous theatre, opera and film credits. Learn more about Thom
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Brandy Dean has lived in Las Vegas for over 20 years.  She is  a teacher at CCSD where she is a specialist in computer science.  Brandy brings to CAV years of teaching experience and a dynamic sense of organization.  Brandy over sees the Family Classes for the studio, and is a vital part of of our Thursday Night class.
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John Gregg (emeritus) was born in Yuma: Arizona in 1957, He is the second gereation raised in Arizona, He took pottery classes at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. The major influence behind his art was his mother Corrien Mathiesen Gregg who was a prolific artist. After her passing John returned to pottery in her memory. He has hiked the back country of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. His main interest was photography. John has an extensive collection of photographs of the petroglyphs and ancient Indian ruins he has found. The southwest influence shows in his work today. John fell in love with throwing clay on the wheel using stoneware and porcelain clays. He tries to give clay the texture and forms of the natural world. He now focuses on honing his design skill using alternative firing methods. Learn more about John
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Peter Jakubowski received his BA in theatre from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA in design from Temple University. He is the resident lighting designer for Nevada Ballet Theatre, KORESH DANCE COMPANY, SNOWY RANGE DANCE FESTIVAL and has two decades of experience as a professional lighting and scenic designer and production manager. He works in a variety of art mediums and enjoys sculpture, lapidary, and silver-smithing. Peter's work in clay was featured in ROCK AND GEM magazine in July of 2013.  Peter's work is carried at Clay Arts Vegas and the Erotic Heritage Museum.  Learn more about Peter
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Emily Nickel - Resident Artsist 2017/2018, I am a graduate student and instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, working on my Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics. I have a passion for arts education, especially as it relates to community service and development. My work with a non profit arts organization, a juvenile detention center, and state children’s services have taught me that the arts are valuable to people from all walks of life and levels of ability. I love teaching classes and workshops and so far have taught in various locations including Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Las Vegas. I have also worked as a studio assistant at Arrowmont and Penland schools, was a Summer 2016 Artist in Residence at Watershed Center for the Arts in Newcastle, Maine, and a panel moderator at the 2016 NCECA Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. I exhibit and sell my work through gallery shows, both local and national..  Emily Nickel
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Constance Stotzer graduated from California College of Arts and Crafts with a BFA and a major in sculptural ceramics.  Through her art, Constance explores the tensions between children�s conceptualizations of the world and those same concepts when held by adults. Her work reflects lifelong struggles such as developing a sense of home, finding a place to belong, and the role of fate and agency in our individual development. Constance utilizes a variety of techniques and mediums, including acrylic paints on wood, colored pencil drawings, and ceramics, to reveal the enduring child hidden within each of us.  Learn more about Constance


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Community Artist Team


Chuck Arnett
Brian Aryiss
Brandy Dean
Coni Kalinowski
 Beth McLeod
Carol Patterson
Connie Stotzer


We are grateful for additional support provided by:
Elaine Dumanski
Aurora Gandara
John Gregg
Andi Goodman
Mr. & Mrs. Victor F. Keen
KK Pottery
Marc & Mary Rosenthal
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