Current CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Hank Adams is the Creative Director of the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. He has a studio in upstate New York. His work has predominantly consisted of large scale, figurative glass castings, but has also involved site specific installations, performances and community projects. He received a Fine Arts degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and has attended other institutions for glass studies. He often does visiting artist venues and teaches part-time throughout the country. He is represented by Elliott Brown Gallery in Seattle, WA and Heller Gallery in New York City, and shows elsewhere in the in US and abroad.
Alex Alessi has lived in south jersey for 30 years has traveled extensively. Alex is a third generation teaching artist and silk painter. Silk; the very word conjures up enticing images of power, legend, travel and mystery. This ancient art form continues to renew itself with interesting ideasby using this unique material to encourage spontaneity and experimentation. There are no out of bounds when you paint silk. The intuitive, interactive silk painting workshops have provided arts programs throughout the northeast to children and adults since 1999.
Ioana Belcea is an iconographer who lives and works in the Washington DC area. Born in Romania, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University and studied iconography under the Russian masters of the Prosopon School of Iconology in New York. She works both in the reverse glass painting technique and in the more traditional Byzantine technique of painting on wood. She paints icons on commission for churches, institutions and private collectors, teaches icon, workshops and lectures on iconography and liturgical art.
Carmichael Jones is a Philadelphia based artist who can usually be found breaking or fixing something. She makes her living as an artist working in glass and otherwise applies her knowledge of a vast assortment of skills toward a variety of projects. She discovered early on her talent of working and playing well with others and finds the challenge of collaboration rewarding. She has created sets for dances with Moving Parts/megfoley, props for Theater Exile and worked in a myriad of ways with Cirque De Verre. In her own work she frequently juxtaposes the everyday with the never seen before. She has studied under Paul Stankard, Anna Boothe and John Miller among others. Carmichael teaches a variety of glassmaking techniques and classes at Philadelphia Glass Works, East Falls Glassworks, and Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program.
Stanley Kaneshiki was born in California in 1936, interned in Utah before coming to Seabrook, NJ when he was nine years old. He saw his first Bonsai in 1968 and was fascinated spending many years researching and learning about the art and techniques. In 1991 he became interested in taiko and learned to build and play it. Now retired from playing, he still builds drums for the Hoh Daiko drumming group in Seabrook, NJ.
Karin Kozlowski received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, PA. She served as a Wheaton Arts Glass Studio assistant from July 2007-July 2008. After Wheaton she served as a glass blowing instructor at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. In the spring of 2010 she was offered the position of Glass Studio Programs Coordinator at WheatonArts. Within this position Karin runs the Make-Your-Own Program at Wheaton Arts.Karin's own work ranges from functional, traditional glass pieces, to large scale, site-specific installations. Karin can be seen on the glass studio floor working one-on-one with Make-Your-Own program participants or on her own creations many days each week.
Max Lefko-Evertt, a Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center Studio Production Apprentice, has his own way of going green. He's created a fun, affordable and marketable way to put a new spin on that everyday product- the drinking glass. Max takes beer bottles that have enameled labels- that is, labels where the painted on label is actually glass, and shapes them into standard sized drinking glasses. The process consists of taking a standard beer bottle, heating it in the kiln to 1500+ degrees, opening the mouth with jacks and cooling it down slowly. The glasses are an accessible, creative way to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as a tool to open up the world of glass art to a wide array of audiences. Max is from North Hampton, Massachusetts. He attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design before coming to WheatonArts.
Antoinette Libro is Professor Emerita of Creative Writing and Literature at Rowan University, where she taught for 37 years. She is a published poet, fiction writer, and produced playwright She earned her Ph.D. at New York University, where her doctoral work focused on the humanities, with particular emphasis in Japanese literature and eastern arts. She studied abroad in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan, and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the life and work of Lady Murasaki Shikibu, the 11th century author of The Tale of Genji. Dr. Libro was awarded Third Prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest for 2011, a prestigious national competition. Her award-winning poems and haiku, tanka, and haibun have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of three poetry chapbooks, a collection of haiku, and several published works of short fiction. She has read her poetry at numerous venues, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Barnes and Noble Book Stores. In addition, Dr. Libro is an arts consultant and freelance editor. She and her husband Louis, a wildlife photographer, now divide their time between Sea Isle City, NJ and St. Augustine, FL, where they enjoy spending time with their daughter and son-in-law. Dr. Libro is an advocate for ecological issues and animal welfare, and marvels over the wonders of the eastern seaboard. She is working on a new collection of poetry and a semi-autobiographical novel.
Mitch Lyons has two artistic interests, ceramics and printmaking. After completing his BFA degree in Printmaking at the University of the Arts, and his MFA in Ceramics at Tyler School of Art he married the two into the most rewarding and unique career, Printing With Colored Clay. Over the 30 years he has taught Handbuilding and ClayPrinting all over the world. He has had exhibitions at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Noyes Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Delaware Musuem, Vonderau Museum, in Fulda, Germany, Watford Art Museum, in Watford, England and is collected in many national collections. He has sold over 3000 DVD's on The Art of ClayPrinting, With Mitch Lyons, and Handbuilding, With Mitch Lyons. His book, THE ART OF CLAYPRINTING, will be published this year.
Miriam Milgram is an American artist trained in Bulgaria. She is a Fulbright Scholar, who has also received many Research Fellowships. Miriam Milgram worked as a consultant with various institutions in the U.S. including: Smithsonian, A.M.N.H. Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
Janice Olivio is a mixed media artist and veteran art teacher from southern New Jersey. Her art is signed “JFO” with the F representing her maiden name, Fioresi. Jan takes pride in her Italian American heritage and accredits her artistic talents to her family who always encouraged her to create with her hands. For many years as a glass demonstrator and narrator Jan has volunteered her talents at WheatonArts, Millville. NJ. Her solid glass paperweight business card holders are her claim to fame with each one having a one of a kind swirling design inside. Her newest work denoting her present address in Cape May includes actual beach sand inside with her swirling designs. Going back to her heritage, Jan enjoys creating Mosaics and continues to conduct classes at WheatonArts.org.
Amy Peseller is a potter, working here at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center under our resident potter Terry Plasket. “In high school, pottery was the only thing I really connected with, and so that's where it all began." Amy Peseller is 25 years old, born in spring. She earned her BFA in ceramics from The University of the Arts. While in school she involved herself in as much as she could handle: Raku firing to off campus sculptures, 25 page psychology essays to music lessons, molding plaster to countless hours on her pottery wheel. Her involvement earned her two scholarships, and she graduated with honors in 2008. Following graduation Amy moved to Florida where she worked for a small crafts gallery, and became involved with kiln firings at the St. Petersburg Clay Company. She also traveled to North Carolina gaining hands on experience in wood kiln firing with some masters of the field. Amy is going into her third term as an intern here at Wheaton Arts, and has been a potter for a decade, this year. She teaches Make Your Own Pottery Classes, helps run the studio on a daily basis, assists Terry Plasket in shows and other varieties of classes and cultures, and works making her own line of pottery. Our program here at Wheaton, allows Amy to live here, and so Wheaton for her she says, "is much more than a cool place to work."
Terry Plasket received his formal training at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, and Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Terry has taught numerous workshops at Perkins Center for the Arts, Morrestown, NJ; Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Columbia University, New York, NY; Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ; Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ; Clay College, Millville, NJ; and Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, Elmer, NJ. Exhibits include: Americans in Clay, Philadelphia, PA; Clay and Glass, Morris Museum, NJ; Clay and Glass, Newark Museum, NJ; Jersey City Museum, fellowship exhibition, Jersey City, NJ; and numerous juried shows. Plasket was the recipient of a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship and is honored to his work included twice in the White House Christmas Invitational. Terry has been a resident artist at Wheatonarts since 1979 and owns/operates Plasket Pottery, Millville, NJ.
John Rose attended Our Lady of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and it gave him a great opportunity to enhance his life. Through their institution he completed the requirements to become a Certified Wholistic Yoga Teacher and Certified Massage Therapist. Throughout his years in practice, he has always valued the experience shared with others promoting their personal wellness. He takes pleasure in working with students of all ages and physical abilities. Most of all, I enjoy helping individuals improve themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s important for him to help people empower themselves and have them take the initiative to improve through the principles of yoga training.
Phyllis Seidner has been an associate potter at WheatonArts for about 5 years. She started working in clay about 11 years ago at Cumberland County College’s Clay College and has attended several workshops around the country. Seidner creates a line of functional pottery and is well recognized for her ‘Face Jugs’, reminiscent of Early American Folk Pottery. “I first became interested in face jugs when I saw them at an antique show a few years ago and my brother challenged me to make them! I have been making face jugs for several years now and even had the opportunity to make some for the “Lest We Forget” – Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery in Philadelphia, PA. “
Dr. Paul Trivellini is a lifelong resident of Vineland. He is married with two sons and three grandsons. Paul earned his BA and MA at Glassboro State (now Rowan University) and doctorate (Ed.D.) from Seton Hall University. He was a teacher and department head with Vineland Public Schools for 13 years. He held the position of Business Administrator for the Buena Regional School district for 3 years. He was Assistant Superintendent for the Atlantic County Institute of Technology for 13 years. Paul was a member of the Vineland Zoning Board of Adjustment for 15 years, 8 as the Chairman. He was Business Administrator of the City of Vineland for over 7 years. In addition to being an artist Paul is currently a Realtor Associate with Network National Real Estate. His hobbies include classic cars, woodworking, paperweights, antiques, architecture, travel, and (of course) stained glass.
Keiko Warner was born and raised in Akita, Japan. She came to the states to further her education and studied at Glassboro State College now known as Rowan University, New Jersey. She is a long time resident of Cumberland County and has been actively involved at Seabrook Buddhist Temple. Her first Sushi workshop was at Bridgeton Public Library. She offered another at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center as part of the Japanese Traditions and Culture project last year. Keiko talks Japanese culture and tradition while making Sushi.