Coming together to create unique, handmade art

Our team of nationally known instructors, with a variety of backgrounds, are coming together to create and teach unique, handmade art. Each instructor is handpicked for their knowledge and expertise. Whether you join an 8-week session or a seasonal workshop, you will be inspired to continue your education, course after course.


Meet our team of experts...

Arlene Siegel

Internationally Known Sculptress

Arlene has mastered the art of reproducing man's expressions in clay. From faces revealing life's hardships to faces bright with hope. Arlene has studied in the United States with Bruno Lucchese and in England at the University of London with Alan Thornhill. She has also studied at the University of Illinois, Roosevelt University and at the Bletchingly Centre in England. For over 50 years Arlene has been teaching sculpting classes, giving workshops and has gallery representation and exhibitions throughout the United States. Having sculpted for many years her stunning art pieces have brought happiness and new awareness of her talents to untold numbers of people all over the world.

John Morse


One way or another, John has immersed himself in art throughout his life. As a creative director within a multibillion-dollar company, John built his career using his problem solving and creative abilities. Concurrent to his professional career, his love of painting, photography and clay led him to Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. As a resident studio artist there, he began work on a line of functional, hand-built tableware. This work continues in his new home and studio in northern New Mexico and reflects an aesthetic for simple, modern forms, as well as an appreciation for pared-down, accessible possessions and lifestyles. His work has been exhibited in contemporary clay surveys across the country.

The simple construction and function of John's pots belies what has become a practice of intentional minimalism – a conversation between the material expressing its nature, and a pair of hands unleashing glyph-like forms.

Maggie Beyeler

Ceramicist/Clay Forms and Textures

Creating art since 1987, Maggie chose to focus her life’s work on making beautiful objects for everyday use. Maggie migrated from the high country of the Rocky Mountains to the desert outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past 16 years, she has operated Magpie Pottery out of her home studio, and taught numerous classes and workshops, at colleges and community clay centers in the area.
The focus of her work highlights a continuing interest in the textural/surface possibilities of clay, along with forms and imagery that refer to the natural world. She utilizes both slabs and wheel-thrown forms to construct work that is loose, lively, and visually interesting. It has always been important to Maggie to let the clay speak, to allow for its fluidity, sensuousness and spontaneity. Maggie has also perfected the use of laser-toner transferred images, to enhance the surface quality of her porcelain tableware, while engaging her continual love of collage.

Joe Bova

Guest Artist/Internationally Known Artist and Educator

A member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) Geneva, Switzerland, Joe earned his Masters at the University of New Mexico. A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. He has taught workshop around the globe, including Anderson Ranch School, CO, Auckland NZ, Archie Bray Foundation, MT, Cortona Italy Program of the University of Georgia, Haystack School, ME, NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, Penland School of Crafts where he was also Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rhode Island School of Design, and many American Universities.

A Visiting Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University, 2014-15, Joe taught at the College of William and Mary, VA, 2016.  He worked in residence at the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, China, 2016. He was a visiting Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence at Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic University, New Zealand February through May 2018. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Arizona State University Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, Los Angeles County Museum, CA, Mint Museum of Art, NC, National Collection of Ireland, and the Shangyu Museum, China.

Oksana Klapischak

Artist/Educator - Hand Building Techniques

Oksana Klapischak moved from the East Coast to Santa Fe for a new life to focus on working in clay again. She became enchanted with ceramics and clay while attending Parsons School of Design in NYC, and graduated with a BFA in ceramics. After working at a local gallery and enamel studio shop, she taught middle school and high school art, art history and ceramics at private and public schools for 22 years. She is excited to be a part of the Clay Center community.

Joshua "Clay" Hicks

Ceramic Artist/Sculptor

Clay Hicks is a sculptor hailing out of New Mexico. After growing up in Michigan, he launched his journey in art by moving to Arizona to study ceramics close to a decade ago. Throughout this time, Clay's works focus on the inspiration that he finds in nature. He produces an eclectic array of sacred geometry, all delicately hand carved with love in every stroke. Throughout his career he has taken that love and redistributed it to his community by instructing classes in Santa Fe during his time there, eventually graduating to teaching One on One classes in his personal studio. Clay has grown exponentially through the years and main goal is to continue on this journey of expansion through art and expression.

Matt Repsher

Guest Artist/Ceramicist

Matt’s exposure to art, design and ceramics started early, learning from his father about making pots. Matt earned his BFA in Ceramics from Penn State and then his MFA from Indiana University in 2003. He has past experience teaching ceramics at Indiana University and the University of New Mexico as well as workshops at Penland, Arrowmont and Pocosin Arts.  He was a resident at Pocosin Arts in 2015 and was recently a long term resident at the Penland School of Craft from 2017 to 2020.

Linda Tebbetts

Ceramic Artist

Linda's career umbrella has included health promotion, volunteerism and mental health counseling – all focused on creatively fostering human potential.  Although she left those careers behind, her core values of adventure and creativity continue to guide her work, now as a clay artist.  While she doesn't have a formal ceramics education per se, she has taken numerous classes at the old Santa Fe Clay and now at the new 'The Clay Center of Santa Fe' and is passionately self-taught in many regards.  Linda delights in taking raw materials and crafting something beautiful and functional.  Most of her work is wheel-thrown with lots of textural features and fine details, often with a garden/nature theme.  

Matt Wolf Cecil

(Musician/Clay Instrument Artist) BA in Studio Arts University of New Mexico

Matt has a background as an Art handler for the fine arts, Studio tech and Glaze Maker.

Matt’s love of music allows him to create objects that make sounds.  He uses a combination of ancient hand building techniques and materials to create work informed by commercial ceramic production.  “He creates beautiful instruments to record and perform with”.  Matt can also be seen around Santa Fe skateboarding with his family and friends; another of his favorite pastimes. 

Erik H Gellert

Tapped Coil Artist

Erik H Gellert is an artist based in Lamy, New Mexico. His aptitude for the arts first emerged out of the medium of clay leading him to pursue the study of drawing and painting. He applied these skills working as a preservationist, collaborating with historians to recreate wall textures and color schemes in many notable homes including the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. He moved from Chicago to Santa Fe in 2011 to pursue advanced studies in ceramics at Santa Fe Community College and is currently the ceramics technician and adjunct faculty at SFCC.

Gellert’s work is a manifestation of the visionary experience he had in the midst of a ceramics class that revealed to him the myriad possibilities that he and clay would have working together. He considers these works to be artifacts from a place outside of time and space, bringing pieces of the infinite into finite reality.

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