The path that lead Ned to being a pottery studio owner started with a finance degree and 6 years of work for JP Morgan Chase in Manhattan. Not happy where he was, he decided to pursue self-fulfillment and happiness. For him that had always been pottery. At Indigo Fire Ned teaches classe and workshops, but spends most of his days running the studio. He enjoys glaze chemistry and building out the studio space.
Brita graduated from the UMASS Amherst with her BFA in 2012. For a few years following, in addition to working on her own pottery, Brita managed the studio and taught ceramics full time at a local high school. In 2018, Brita began teaching weekend workshops at Indigo and has since taken up the role of studio manager. She works on planning sales/events, studio organization, community outreach and is also teaching classes and workshops.
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As a child, I loved to draw. By my teens, that love had evolved into linoleum carving and print-making. Some 40 years later I am delighted to find that the sgraffito process of scratching through a layer of colored slip or underglaze to expose the clay surface beneath beautifully brings together my two childhood artistic pleasures; and the 3-dimensional clay forms add to the fun challenge of working in-the-round.
Marc is a maker, teacher, and thinker who likes minutae, processes, and materials. He has taught ceramics to learners of all ages in the Boston area since 1998. He has worked professionally, exhibited, and lectured, locally and internationally. He draws hundreds of patterns, and occasionally finds time to work with enamels, glass, fabric, and paper. He is totally engaged with the way humor and curiosity influence fine art, design, and even engineering.
Robert Boyer has been working in clay for over fifteen years, making on the wheel and exploring a variety of hand building techniques. He has previously taught both wheel throwing and hand building classes at MIT’s Student Art Association. His inspirations typically come from highly repetitive patterns in nature and leverage his background in the sciences looking to atomic structure and algorithmic thought processes as often as wood grain and feathers. Although Robert’s interests span a wide range of ceramic ware, sculpture and abstraction he’s probably happiest when poking thousands of holes in what was once a perfectly functional vase.
Vanessa is a production potter, studio owner and independent artist. She is truly an 'emerging artist' in the city of Boston and teaches at several amazing centers including ours! She teaches both beginners and advanced throwers. Vanessa's work is functional and fun.
Ayala is a graduate (BFA) from the department of ceramics & glass design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Much of her work centers around wheel throwing, using both porcelain and stoneware. She aims to create pottery with refined character, a contemporary and clean aesthetic, through creation of unique glazes and surface designs over simple shapes.
In her classes Ayala likes to challenge her students both creatively and technically. She prioritizes good foundational skills that students can rely on while each embarking on their personal artistic endeavors.
I am an art teacher and a potter. I have been teaching art for 4 years and have been making pottery for about 13 years. I graduated from Marywood University with my BFA in Ceramics in 2014, and I received my Masters in Arts Teaching from Tufts University in 2016. I create functional pottery that can be handled regularly, and interacts with its user. Most importantly, enjoyed by people daily. I mainly create wheel thrown work. I am always thinking of new ideas, forms, and vessels.
Lola is a curious looking dog. She's been mistaken for a dingo, coyote and fox and likened to hundreds more animals including Ed the hyena. She's susceptible to flattery and will usually crawl out of her wooden, studio crib if cooed at. Her obsession with treats is impressive even for dog standards, so we ask that she not be fed in the studio except for bananas. She loves bananas.
Her interests are long walks in The Fells, dead animals, squirrels, ducks, fresh food, expired food, sticks, and friendly people.