Artist In Residence

Kayla Hushin

Alex Psillos

Jenny Clay

Jono Robbins

Rebecca Barfoot

Co-founder Michael Andre Intrabartola

Co-founder Michele Drozd

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The Orendaga is no longer offering residencies or studio space for rent, but be sure check back soon for exciting changes.

Past resident artists:

2013-14 Fall/Winter Resident Artists:  Kayla Hushin & Alex Psillos

Kayla Hushin earned her BFA from the Hartford Art School with an emphasis in ceramics and an interest in painting.  For the past two years she has been the studio technician at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut.  She was able to teach classes, as well as work on her own artwork in an open community environment.  Her current work has her experimenting with slips and underglazes on handbuilt forms.

Alex Psillos is a recent graduate of the Hartford Art School with an emphasis in ceramics.  After college he attended ceramic workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Utah State University.  A period of time was spent working in a shared studio with the artist Matt Towers, working on thrown forms and developing a further understanding of glazes.  He lives and works in Chester, Connecticut.

2013 Summer Resident Artist:  Jenny Rose Clay

Jenny Clay is an emerging ceramic artist from Pottstown, PA. She graduated in 2012 with her B.F.A from Arcadia University where she studied ceramics and photography and worked to combine the two. Her first residency was at the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the Chautauqua Institute in Western New York. Following Chautauqua, Jenny took on an apprenticeship at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. At The Tile Works, she was taken back to the Arts and Crafts movement as she learned about Henry Chapman Mercer and his creation and production of tiles. After her summer at The Orendaga, Jenny will head West to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she will be attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln as a Post-Baccalaureate student.

2012 Summer Resident Artist:  Jono Robbins

Jono Robbins is a ceramic artist and educator who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was first introduced to clay during a ceramics class at Craft Alliance at the age of 6.  He later went on to study ceramics in high school, and eventually worked in the Craft Alliance Gallery.  He spent a summer studying ceramic wood firing processes at the University of Arizona in Flagstaff, and has also taken classes at Haystack in Deer Isle, Maine.   He received his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Alfred University in upstate New York, where he also received a New York State Teaching Certification.  At Alfred he concentrated in ceramics, glass, and metal.  He returned to St. louis and has been with McCluer North High School for the past 9 years where he teaches art classes in a wide variety of media.  He taught at Bucks Rock Visual and Performing Arts Camp In New Milford, Connecticut for 5 summers, and he taught ceramic classes through Meramec Community College for 5 years as well.  His current work ranges from functional pottery to abstract sculpture.

2011 Fall Resident Artist:  Rebecca Barfoot

Rebecca Barfoot is a Colorado studio artist whose work combines ceramics, print-making, and painting in a contemporary fusion of modern and vintage. She teaches nationally and has received awards for her innovative works in multiple media. A fellow of Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Rebecca has also been a ceramics resident at Women's Studio Workshop in New York, and received multiple painting fellowships at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. Her work has been featured at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, and internationally in Denmark and Norway. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, CO, where she was teaching and developing techniques with alternative photographic processes and ceramics. Her most unique opportunity will take place in 2012, as artist in residence at the Upernavik Museum in Greenland’s Arctic Circle.

Co-founders & Ceramic Artists:  Michael Andre Intrabartola & Michele Drozd

Michele Drozd earned a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University after spending six years as ceramicist at Timeless Tiles in Bucks County, PA; a design studio specializing in handmade tile and architectural ceramic installations. She studied sculpture and mold making under Petras Vaskys (Lithuania), Bente Hansen (Denmark), and Laszlo Fekete (Hungary). She has taught and exhibited her work throughout the Northeast and has traveled extensively across the globe for work and play. A residency at the Hurricane Mountain Clay Studio in Keene, NY first brought her to the Adirondacks.  Michele is now the co-owner of Bellwether Craftsmen in Elizabethtown, NY.

Michael Andre Intrabartola earned a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University where his large-scale, mixed media installations earned much attention and brought exhibition opportunities throughout the Northeast. He went on to live and work with ceramic artist Bente Hansen in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has received residencies from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The Art Post, and Hurricane Mountain Clay Studio. Michael is also a fine carpenter and his work has taken him to both the Arctic and Antarctic for many seasons.  Michael is the co-owner of Bellwether Craftsmen in Elizabethtown, NY.