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Experienced artists teach all of our classes. The faculty has a common goal in teaching their craft: to teach the breadth of possibilities within their field. All classes encourage each student to find his/her own creative voice in a supportive environment.

BRIAN BAILEY BFA, University of the Arts; studied at NY Academy of Art, Art Students League. Teaching: School of Visual Arts, private studio. Master Pastelist status from Pastel Society of America, Master Circle status from Int'l Association of Pastel Societies. Has won numerous awards and been featured in select national and international exhibitions. Work is in several public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Online:

JILL CLIFFER BARATTA MFA, New York Univ.; BPh, Grand Valley State Univ. Studied: Art Inst. of Chicago, School of Visual Arts, College of New Rochelle, Denise Collins, Dorothy Cochran. Teaching experience: Elizabeth Morrow School; Artist-in-residence, Tenafly Middle School; Mackay Elementary afterschool enrichment. Art therapy internships: Jersey City public schools, Hackensack Med. Center. Board member & Vice President, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists. Online:

SUE BARRASI BFA, School of Visual Arts. Also studied: Art Students League. Awards: Ruth Katzman Scholarship; Leeman Memorial, Manhattan Arts Int'l & Pearl Paint Foundation awards; NY Foundation on the Arts grant. Exhibited in museums & galleries, included in private & public collections; published on postage stamps, book/magazine covers & men's apparel. Member: Oil Painters of America, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists, Portrait Painters of America. Online:

SUSAN BOGEN BS, Univ. of Wisconsin. Studied: Univ. of Minnesota, Penland School for Crafts, Greenwich House, TASOC. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts & in her own studio when working as a production potter. Online:

RUTH BORGENICHT BA, Rutgers Univ. Teaches at: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., TASOC. Residencies include: Greenwich House Pottery, Anderson Ranch, Watershed Center for Ceramics, Hunter College. Included in many nat'l & int'l solo & group shows. Recently exhibited: Sèvres Ceramics Museum, France; Puls Ceramics, Belgium; Snyderman-Works Galleries, US. Collections include: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Delaware Art & Sparta Teapot museums. Online:

JENNIFER BOURNE Studied: CUNY Hunter, Fashion Institute of Technology, TASOC, and Rockland Center for the Arts. Teaching experience: Richard P. Connor Elementary School Festival of the Arts and enrichment programs. Exhibited at local art shows as well as Pink Entourage and Festoon in Nyack, NY. Online:

JANE CHANG MBA, Long Island Univ. Studied with Madame Aixinjueluo Hinyi, descendant of the imperial Qing Dynasty, China. Teaching experience: Tenafly Senior Center, various organizations, private lessons. Member, Bergen Chinese Painting Club. Exhibited: Taipei Cultural Center.

HOLLY CICCORICCO MA, Teachers College, Columbia Univ.; BS, Univ. of the Arts; certified teacher in NJ & NY. Extensive experience teaching art in NJ & NY public schools, camps & enrichment programs, including broad age groups & special education. Online:

DOROTHY COCHRAN MFA, Columbia Univ. Exhibited: Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Artists Space, NJ State Museum, nat'l juried print exhibitions. Collections: NY Public Library, MoMA Library, Georgia Museum of Fine Arts, Prudential Life. Teaching experience: Columbia Univ., City Univ. of NY, Newark Museum. Awards: (2) NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Board member, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists. Online:

ERIKA CONTI BS, New York Univ. Add'l studies at Clay Art Center, Mudflat Studios, and TASOC. Exhibited at Belskie Museum & Artisans Boutique. Ceramic Studio Manager - in charge of kiln firings, maintenance of studio equipment, and general operations and communications regarding the Blue Studio at TASOC.

RAYE COOKE MFA, Pratt Inst.; BA, William Paterson Univ. Also studied: Grossmont College. Exhibited: MT Burton, Potters, Klay, Glass Growers, Arielle's & Mikhail Zakin galleries; NJ Arts Annual, Jersey Shore Nat'l. Teaching experience: Ceramic studio director/teacher, YJCC Washington Twp; Wayne Public Schools.

MARILYN DALE BA, Hofstra Univ. Also studied: TASOC, Brookfield Craft Center, 92nd St Y, Rockland Center for the Arts. Owner of Warwick Pottery, a teaching studio. Has given workshops in the lower Hudson Valley. Online:

ROBERT DANCIK MA, Northern Illinois Univ., BFA, Adelphi Univ. Taught at: Penland, Arrowmont, Glassell School of Art, Touchstone Center for Crafts, US; Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, England; Victoria College of Art, Australia. Collections include: Racine Art Museum, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Mitsubishi Int’l, Boeringer-Ingleheim, Northern Illinois Univ. Work has been published in books including: 1000 Rings, 500 Handmade Books, Jewelry Design Challenge, PMC Decade, The Art of Resin Jewelry. Originator of ‘Faux Bone’ & ‘Solid Expressions’ materials. Author, Amulets and Talismans. Owner, Studio E.Y.E. teaching studio. Online:

BRUCE DEHNERT Teaching experience: School of Art, New Zealand; Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Borneo; Univ. of Massachusetts, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, Peters Valley Craft Center, US. Awards include: (3) Fletcher Challenge Int'l Ceramics awards; NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Work is in numerous collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts. Currently Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley. Online:

DONNA DOLBY MFA, Canterbury Christ Church Univ., England; BA, Montclair State Univ. Add'l studies: NJ City Univ. Exhibited: Sidney Cooper Gallery, England. Art teacher for nearly 10 years at Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan. Published on the cover of Melissa Green's book Daphne in Mourning. Online:

ZOE DUFOUR studied under artists Rita Alvarez and Gerald Heffernon and with Ashland Academy of Art, Grand Central Atelier, and Hudson River Fellowship. Awards include: Art Renewal Scholarship, First Place in GCA's 2015 Figure Sculpting Competition, First Place in the National Sculpture Society's 2016 Portrait Sculpting Competition, and First Place in sculpture for American Art Awards 2017. She has worked for Studio EIS. Teaching experience: Grand Central Atelier, guest speaker at Queens College, Steep Rock Summer Camp, private instruction. Exhibited: 11th St Arts, Decoy Workspace. Online:

KATHY EISLER BA, Rutgers Univ. Studied: School of Visual Arts; TASOC. Certified K-12 art teacher. Teaching experience: Cresskill & Demarest afterschool enrichment programs; JCC on the Palisades. Online:

KAREN ELDER BS, Iowa State Univ. Also studied: Ramapo & Bergen Community colleges, TASOC, Art Center of Northern NJ. Certified K-12 art teacher. Member: Art Educators of NJ, Nat'l Art Education Assoc., Leonia Arts. Board member, Sculpture for Leonia.

ANDREA EPSTEIN MFA Yale University School of Art, BFA Rhode Island School of Design in Painting. Exhibitions in New Jersey include the Fine Arts Gallery of St. Peters University in Jersey City, Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, Atrium Gallery in Morristown, Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Gaelen Gallery East and West in Whippany and West Orange and Lundt-Glover Gallery in Chatham. Has a print studio in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Online:

HARRIET FINCK MArch, Harvard Univ.; BA, Barnard College. Teaching experience: William Paterson Univ., Artists Beit Midrash. Residency: Art Kibbutz Governors Island. Exhibitions include: The Painting Center, NYC. Work is in numerous exhibitions & private collections. Studio in East Orange, NJ. Online:

HANK GANS Included in collections of Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland & Center for Fine Art Photography, US. Published in Town & Country, Photographis & T: The NY Times Style Magazine. Awards include honors from: Int'l Photography & Epson Int'l Photographic Pano awards, NY & Chicago Art Directors clubs, PDN Magazine Great Outdoors Competition, Bergen County Henry Hudson 400. Posters of his work are distributed through & Online:

MAUREEN GASS-BROWN BFA, Mass. College of Art & Design. Member & instructor, Church St. Art & Craft; also teaches workshops in NJ & PA. For 23 consecutive years, has had the honor of being juried into the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual. Exhibited in many solo & group shows; recipient of numerous awards. Represented in private collections in US & abroad. Signature member: Alaska Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society. Online:

DEBORAH GOLETZ MFA, Parsons School of Design. Ceramics faculty, Montclair State Univ. & Ramapo College. Among the many public artworks to her credit, she has murals in the NY subway system & in (2) NJ Transit stations. One of her favorite public projects is a bench she made for TASOC with her students. Online:

RYAN J. GREENHECK MFA, NYS College of Ceramics, Alfred Univ. BFA, BS, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout. Lecturer, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Exhibited in numerous nat'l juried exhibitions & shows including TASOC Annual Pottery Show & Sale. Represented in many galleries throughout the US. Online:

MAUD GUILFOYLE BFA, Syracuse Univ. Also studied: Art Students League, NY Studio School, Spring Studio, Colorado Univ. Exhibited: Sangre de Cristo Art Center, The Art Gallery, Mikhail Zakin, Benning & Spring Street galleries, Studio 64 West. Teaching experience: Sangre de Cristo Art Center; drawing monitor, Fair Lawn Art Assoc.; private teacher. Consultant in portfolio development/applications for art schools & colleges. Has eBooks available for Kindle, iBooks & Nook. Online:

JANE HEROLD BA Sarah Lawrence college. Trained with Michael Cardew in England.  A professional potter who has been making pots for close to 40 years in her Studio in Rockland County, NY. In recent years she has been making dinnerware for restaurants, working with chefs to design and make dishes for their specific needs.  She has also done a lot of experimenting with ash glazes and glazes made with clay from along the Hudson River. Her work can be seen in many shows, galleries, shops as well as her studio. Online:

CHRISTINE (YUHUEI) HSIAO MA, NY Inst. of Technology. Needle & wet felting instructor for Teaneck Community Education Center (TCEC), Stillman Elementary School afterschool club, private groups; also teaches Chinese language classes. Her felting workshop at TCEC was featured in Teaneck Suburbanite newspaper. Designed the visual art for the Android app Cute Cats Memory Game. Online:

KHADER HUMIED Studied: City College of NY. Teaching experience: Rockland Community College, Hudson River Museum, Rockland Center for the Arts, Cross Hill Academy, Blue Rock School. Exhibited: Fuller Craft Museum. Director of MetaForm Studio, an artistic furniture studio. Work is featured in nat'l & int'l magazines. Online:

DENISE KADAR BFA, Univ. of Idaho. Also studied: Woodstock School of Art, Sugar Maples Center, Peters Valley Craft Center, Clay Art Center, TASOC. Exhibited in many juried shows in NJ & NYC. A painter by training but a potter by choice.

SANDRA KEHOE BS, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Studied at John C. Campbell Folk School. Exhibited: Market House & Artisans Boutique, NJ. Online:

POLLY KING BA, Bard College. Exhibited at venues including Orange Street & Skylight galleries, Edward Hopper House, GAGA, Rockland Center for the Arts, Katonah Museum & Galerie Maas, Holland. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts. Member, Gallery 66. Online:

SHARON KLASS MA, College of New Rochelle. Studied with Carolyn H. Pedersen, Nancy Rotenberg, Jeremy Woodhouse. Teaching experience: Pearl River HS; North American Nature Photography Assoc. scholarship program; workshops with Raymond Klass. Represented by Piermont Fine Arts Gallery. Online:

ERIC LAWRENCE MFA, Columbia Univ. Wandered his way through many arts before finding clay, where he's been wallowing for a while. Studied: Parsons School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Supermud Pottery, Greenwich House Pottery.

VICKI LEDERMAN MFA, Antioch University. Studied ceramics at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. Awarded a Fellowship by the NJ State Council on the Arts. She has taught all areas of ceramics as well as batik at several art schools.

TENN LU Award-winning art student prior to teaching. Exhibited frequently in local and national juried shows, as well as in public libraries throughout NJ. Frequent art demonstrator; Instructor at several community art schools, including Art Center of Northern NJ, Bergenfield and Emerson Community Schools, and Tenafly Recreation Center. Awarded over a dozen 1st prizes & best-in-shows from county, state & nat'l juried exhibitions.


MOLLY (JINGWEN) MA MA, Bournemouth Univ. in UK; BA, Kent Institute of Art & Design in UK. Worked several years as a 2-D and 3-D artist at a small media studio, Littleloud Ltd. (UK). Exhibited personal work in several North Bergen public library gallery spaces. Teaching experience: Huaxia Bergen Chinese School. Online:


STEPHANIE MADDALENA BA, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Teaches for Lapidary Journal Bead Fest, Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art, Guilford Arts Center. Exhibits at Park Avenue Armory Craft Show.

MARY MARTIRE MA, William Paterson Univ.; BA, Rutgers Univ. Co-founder, Craftworks Gallery. Exhibitions: Int'l Orton Cone Box Show; Intermission Gallery. Solo exhibitions: Leonia Library; NJ Designer Craftsmen Gallery. Online:

JOHN MUNGIELLO MA, Montclair State Univ.; BFA, School of Visual Arts. Also studied with Meir Gal. Art teacher at Indian Hills HS. Published in Game Informer magazine & the book Sold Everywhere but Borders; work is in the film Silent House. Exhibited: Gallery One Eleven & School of Visual Arts Gallery, US; C.A.M. Gallery, Turkey. Online: &

MICHAL NIV MFA, San Jose State Univ.; BDes, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Israel. Also studied at: Anderson Ranch, Foothill College, Peters Valley. Teaching experience: San Jose State Univ., Palo Alto Art Center, and her private studio. Exhibited widely across the US. Awards include: Elizabeth Heil Scholarship, National Student Art Competition 3rd place, Watertight: Beyond the Vessel exhibition Best in Show award. Was an active member of Orchard Valley Ceramic Art Guild in CA for many years. Online:

CELIA NOBLEMAN MA, NJ City Univ. Also studied: Ramapo College. Teaching experience: Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan & various Catholic schools K-8. Exhibited locally & in NYC. Online: Celia Nobleman Exhibit.

LESLIE NOBLER MFA, Hunter College; MA, NY Inst. of Technology; BFA, Stamps School of Art & Design, Univ. of Michigan. Art Professor, William Paterson Univ. Exhibited extensively, including at the Noyes Museum of Art, NJ State and Kemper museums, Montclair and Northern Arizona Univ. art museums, Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Afrigraphics Pretoria, and DigitalART Gallery, London. Represented in museum and university gallery collections, i.e. Univ. of Wisconsin Artist's Book Collection. Online:

MARCIA OAKES BA, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Also studied: Univ. of the Arts. Certified in NJ & NY. Extensive teaching in NJ private schools & enrichment programs. Exhibited: Bergen Museum, Barn Gallery, William Paterson Univ. Online:

SANG JOON PARK MFA, Pratt Inst. Apprenticed for Korean potter Na Woon Chae. Teaching experience: NYC YWCA, BrickHouse, Kean Univ. Exhibited: Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Store, Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Awards include Exhibitors' Choice Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show. Online:

KAREN PEKELNEY MA, Univ. of Iowa; BFA, Syracuse Univ. Also studied: Fashion Inst. of Technology. Awards: DeBeers Diamonds Int'l award finalist. Extensive apprenticeship & work experience. Exhibited in numerous galleries & museums including Museum of Arts & Design and Nat'l Ornamental Metal Museum. In many private collections.

SHULI PILO MA, College of New Rochelle. RYT: Registered Yoga Teacher. Was given the gift of yoga by instructor Mahesh; has been practicing since '95. Online:

IRENE PLUNTKY-GOEDECKE Goldsmith degree, Schwabisch Gmund, Germany; worked with Sigurd Persson. Studied: Stockholm Arts & Craft School, Sweden. Award-winning jeweler/designer for Georg Jensen & other firms. Taught: Riverside Church Arts & Crafts School. Represented in private collections in US & Europe; included in show celebrating Ingmar Bergman's 50th year in filmmaking.

THOMAS POLLOCK BFA, Pratt Inst. Teaching experience: New School of Social Research, Brooklyn Museum School, Parsons School of Design, NYC correctional facilities. Represented in private collections & galleries in the US & abroad.

MICHAEL PORFIDO BA, Ramapo College. Began his pottery journey as Mikhail Zakin’s studio assistant at TASOC. Apprenticed with potters in Korea, mastering traditional techniques. Add’l studies: Peters Valley School of Craft. Teaching experience includes: Rockland Center for the Arts, Bostree Studio, elementary & middle schools, American Camp Assoc. of NY/NJ. Member, Potters Guild of NJ. Online:

AMY DUDASH ROBINSON BFA, College for Creative Studies. Work has been exhibited in NYC, LA, Detroit & NJ. Member, American Society of Portrait Artists. Online:

MARILYN ROSE BFA, Washington Univ. Demos for arts organizations across NJ. Awards: honors from state & national exhibitions & plein air events. Work is published in magazines & included in private collections in US & Canada. Member: North East Watercolor, NJ Watercolor (Membership Chair) & Baltimore Watercolor societies. Online:

PETER SCANLAN Graduate, School of Visual Arts. Was freelance illustrator for Universal Studios, Warner Bros. & HBO; produced over 50 paintings for Marvel Comics; painted cover art for KISS album Psycho Circus. Exhibited at venues including Society of Illustrators, PPOW & Illuminated Metropolis galleries. Teaches drawing & painting at Northern Valley Regional HS and summer classes at Bergen County Academies & One River. Online:

JUDY SCHAEFER MA, New York Univ. Also studied: Brooklyn Museum Art School, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Columbia Univ., Pratt, TASOC. Exhibited widely & in many private collections. Online:

BRENNA SCHEFF Studied and apprenticed under Master Jeweler Borislav Goynatsky. Has taught beading and jewelry making classes since '09 to adults and children of all ages. Owner/designer of jewelry and spiritual tools company: Free to B LLC. Her jewelry and artwork is sold in galleries and boutiques across the nation. Certified Reiki Practitioner. Online:

URSULA SCHNEIDER MFA, San Francisco Art Inst. Taught at Sarah Lawrence College. Solo shows include: Quer Raum fur Kunst und Kultur, Forum Vebicus, Switzerland; Berkeley Art Museum, Braunstein Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, US. Also exhibited: Kunstmuseum Bern, Whitney Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Inst. of Contemporary Art. Was represented by Braunstein Gallery. Online:

JULIE SCHOLZ BA SUNY Oneonta. Exhibits widely in Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey area. Eight-year member and VP of Piermont Flywheel Gallery. Gallerist at Piermont Straus Gallery. Recipient of numerous awards for Macro Photography. Online:

BARBARA SHERRY BA, Boston College. Worked as a graphic designer in the publishing industry. Barbara has been a student at TASOC for 20 years, including 12 years studying with Mikhail Zakin. Also studied at the School of Visual Arts, Peter's Valley, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft.

SUSAN KASSON SLOAN Studied: CUNY, Parsons, Art Students League. Exhibited: NY & Chicago SOFA; American Craft & NJ State museums. Collections: Renwick Gallery, Nat'l Museum of American Art, Cooper-Hewitt Nat'l Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Victoria & Albert Museum. Teaching experience: Pratt Inst., 92nd St Y, Peters Valley Craft Center, Newark Museum, Penland School of Crafts. Awards: (3) NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Curator, 500-series book on plastic/resin jewelry. Online:

KAREN SNYDER-KADISH Studied: California College of Arts & Crafts, Parsons, TASOC. Currently teaches at Center for Hope & Safety. Exhibitions include: group shows at Rockland Center for the Arts & the Café Gallery at TASOC; solo show at Norwood Public Library. Proud owner & head clay mistress, Pit Bull Pottery.

SAMANTHA STANKIEWICZ MFA, City College; BFA, Pratt Inst. Studied: Anderson Ranch; Alfred Univ.; Peters Valley Craft Center; La Sabranenque, France. Teaching experience: Ridgewood Public Schools. Online:

JON TANER MFA, Syracuse Univ.; BFA, California College of Arts & Crafts. Add'l studies with Bernard Greenwald, Art Students League, Philadelphia College of Art, New York Univ., Appraisers Assoc. of America. Awarded a Ford Foundation Grant. Taught: Old Church Cultural Center; Syracuse Univ. Represented for over 30 years by galleries in CA, NJ, ME & MA. Work is in private & corporate collections including InterContinental Hotels, Schering-Plough, Peckar & Abramson, Nabisco, Dragoco & Bergen Museum of Art & Science. Online:

JOE TERRONE MFA, Pratt Inst., BFA, Brooklyn College. Certified in NJ. Taught: Art Center of Northern NJ, Glen Rock Community School, private lessons. Exhibited: Brooklyn Museum, BACA Downtown Cultural Center. Included in collections across the US. Member: NJ Soc. of En Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Painters of NJ Highlands, NY Plein Air Painters, Int'l Prof. Assoc. of the Arts, Riverdale Art Center, Blackwell St. Artists, Clifton Assoc. of Artists. Online:

MARGERY THEROUX MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts. BA, New York Univ. Also studied: Montserrat College of Art, NY Studio School, privately with Sam Feinstein. Former gallery committee member/curator at Hopper House & TASOC. Exhibited at venues in tri-state area & New England; in private collections nationwide. Online:

ELIZABETH TOKOLY MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, University of the Arts. Has been teaching jewelry design and metalsmithing since '00. She creates and displays her handcrafted jewelry at her own studio and gallery, EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery and Metals Studio, in Hoboken, NJ. Online:

VESSELINA TRAPTCHEVA MFA, Parsons; BFA, Savannah College of Art & Design. Also studied: Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Nat'l Academy of Art Sofia, Bulgarian Nat'l HS for Fine Arts. Completed residency at Yaddo; currently teaches at the college level in NYC. Work has been included in various solo & group exhibitions and has won a variety of awards. Online:

RAY TURKIN BEE, City College of NY. Teaching experience: Art Center of Northern NJ, Teaneck Community Education Center, private lessons. Exhibited in many solo & juried group shows; recipient of numerous awards. Work is included in various private collections.

LISA BETH VETTOSO MA, New York University. Has been working with youth for 15+ years, including through her own company, Aspire Performing Arts. Has directed and choreographed more than 30 productions with children and teenagers. Nominated for Best Director by Broadway World Regional/NJ and as Outstanding Director/Choreographer by National Youth Arts. As an administrator, she has worked with prestigious organizations including The New York Pops, Carnegie Hall, The New York Arts in Education Roundtable, and American Repertory Ballet.


AMANDA WILSON BFA, School of Visual Arts; MA, Manhattanville College. Published in New York & Bon Appétit magazines & numerous books. Exhibited: American Inst. of Graphic Arts, Soc. of Publication Designers. Awards include honors from Soc. of Illustrators & Int'l Assoc. of Culinary Professionals. Board member, Hopper House. Online:

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