Nicole Copel received her MFA in Ceramics from Kansas State University and maintains a clay studio in La Veta, Colorado a small, arts oriented village nestled at the base of the Spanish Peaks. She exhibits her work in galleries and juried art exhibitions across the country. Nicole teaches and hosts clay workshops, is an adjunct ceramics professor at nearby Colorado State University-Pueblo and owns an art gallery featuring local, regional and national studio artists. In 2013, she was part of a team that taught pottery classes to Haitian women building practical skills to foster art-based employment.
Many of Nicole’s porcelain pieces are first thrown on the potter’s wheel and then altered to create her own unique gestural style. She uses water-etching techniques to create textured surfaces, highlighted by subtle glazing. Nicole enjoys experimenting with alternate surface treatment to create new and varied appearances.
Richard co-founded the Guild with his wife Liz in 1980, after having chaired the Art Department at Valparaiso University and designed hundreds of worship spaces around the world. Now happily retired to his studio, Richard continues to paint with abandon and consult, lecture and teach to the delight of audiences worldwide.
Ron has experimented with various media throughout the years, but works primarily with collections and assemblages, as well as the creating/tending of enclosed ecosystems. Deeply interested in both the natural world and the sense of space we surround ourselves with, he likes to explore ways in which the lines between the inside and outside can be blurred and our awareness of the world around us heightened.
Rondall Reynoso studied art and art history at the Pratt Institute
in Brooklyn, NY where he received his M.F.A. and a Masters in art history.
Currently he is in the PhD program in Art & Religion, with a focus on
art history, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His
work has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo exhibitions.
The venues have been as varied as commercial galleries, art centers,
churches, museums, colleges and universities. Also, he has been
profiled and his work reviewed across the nation in regional media,
including journals, newspapers, television and radio. Reynoso's formal
abstraction deals heavily with metaphors, both sociological and
theological, which are based in his faith including the exploration
the boundaries between 2-D and 3-D as a metaphor for the relationship
of the corporeal and the spiritual. Reynoso was one of seven North
American artists selected to take part in the Nagel Institute for the
Study of World Christianity's inaugural seminar to Asia. From
2007-2012, Reynoso lived in Louisiana were for four years he was the
head of the art department at Louisiana College followed by a year
teaching at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Ruth has been an artist and educator for many years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and continued her education through Notre Dame, and traveled extensively thru Study/Travel Programs. Places traveled include: most European countries, England, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, the Middle east and Israel, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia and the American Southwest. Her travels focus on the Histories and Art of these civilizations, and her own art reflects connections with them. In 2009 she was the Guild’s “Artist of the Year." She has also been awarded the title of “Guild Master”, our highest honor. Ruth has exhibited in Museums, Solo, Regional, and National Exhibitions. Her art may be found in Private, Public, Museum, International, and Corporate collections. She is a Lecturer, Instructor, Panelist, and Juror. Ruth and her work have been featured on Public Television. Her studio is located in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Sally Freed recently received her Masters in Pastoral Studies from the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. As part of her theological training, Sally worked with the Grünewald Guild Staff as their Marketing and Public Relations Intern in 2012-2013. In March of 2013, Sally led a spiritual retreat for the Grünewald Guild entitled, "Saints Among Us: Celebrating the Celtic Christian Tradition". Sally has been a long-time retreat guest and "student" of the Guild, and is very excited to explore the art and spirituality of "Beads of Faith" in the summer of 2014.
ARTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sarah Jane Gray, MFA, is a studio artist whose creative work encompasses drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mosaic, and installation projects in various media. Her professional experience beyond the studio includes university-level teaching and art gallery work. Sarah Jane has lived and worked at the Guild since 2012.
Scott Burnett was born and raised in New York's Ulster County, between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. He was influenced by the Woodstock arts community, and immersed himself in metal and clay classes at Kingston High School. He earned a bachelor of music composition degree from Nyack College, then headed west to Seattle. Painting gradually returned as a form of personal soul-care in 2004. His art has since developed into a significant facet of his livelihood.
FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR
Originally from northern Indiana, Scott has been working with many mediums throughout his life. He has been focused on ceramics for the last six years, but also is a talented creator of breads, beer and coffee. Scott has also developed into an excellent teacher for all ages, mixing his enthusiasm for his craft with tender patience for his students.
The common thread of my career in the arts has always been as a designer, maker, and instructor of woven fabrics. I am a charter member/owner of By Hand Gallery in Bloomington that opened in 1979. In addition to By Hand Gallery, I currently sell my work at Weaving Southwest, Taos, NM, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC, Marigold Arts, Santa Fe, NM, as well as by commission. I have become a nationally-recognized weaving instructor and have taught at countless weaving workshops and textile conferences since the early 80’s. I taught at Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, and at Ghost Ranch, Abuquiu, NM in 2009. In 2005, and 2008/2009 I was an Adjunct Weaving Instructor at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. My work has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Weaving for Worship. I have led Art History and Textile group trips to: London, Florence, Amsterdam, Bruges, Guatemala, and New Mexico.
Terry is owner of Terry Valdez Studios and is an award winning art instructor with over thirty years of experience teaching both youth and adult students. He has a Masters degree in the Creative Arts from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. As a guest artist/lecturer, Terry has exhibited his art work in Russia, Japan and Mexico. He studied drawing and painting with New York artist Gandie Brodie as well as Mural painting and Fabric design at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
His public art commissions can be viewed at the Link Columbia Station in Wenatchee, Washington. His art work is also featured on directional signage throughout the Wenatchee Valley as well as murals and sculptures at several public schools.
His work is in the private collections of Troisk, Russia and Misawa, Japan as well as the Pacific Northwest.
Christina Malm was always the "creative one" in her family and holds that distinction still. Being an oldest child, she was always bossy but that makes her a very good teacher. When she found out that she could teach art it felt like the perfect combination of two things that she loves. As a printer and teacher her method is experiment after technical knowledge is established. Her teaching style encourages inquisitiveness, play, questioning and responding to individual interests and projects.
Tricia A. Stackle lives and works in San Jose, CA. Inspired by simple,
geometric shapes, color, and tactile materials, she is both an artist and educator committed to rethinking the way people live with and relate to art and design. She enjoys finding the intersections between these fields and pushing the boundaries that define them.
Wool felt has become a focus in her research and making, as a material that is both a natural, renewable resource as well as a breathable, resilient
textile, ideal for interactive sculpture, fashion and design.
Stackle earned a certificate in Fiber Art from the University of Washington and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been featured in Fiber Arts Magazine, Surface Design Magazine, and was published in books, Mobile Architecture, and Lark’s publication of 500 Felted Objects.
Stackle has been teaching art for 11 years to students of all ages at a variety of venues. Seattle Preparatory School, The Frye Art Museum, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Pacific Northwest Art School and University of Washington are a selection of these teaching venues.
Willson Cummer is a fine-art photographer and teacher who lives near Syracuse, NY. He has exhibited nationally in juried shows. Willson is a New York Foundation for the Arts MARK alumnus. Willson's work explores humanity's place in the environment and investigates solitude and loneliness.
Jennifer Ballard (aka Yonnah Ben Levy) has been a working artist as well as
a teacher for 47 years. She was raised in Seattle, attended Whitman College
and studied art and ceramics at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.
She then received a Masters of Art for Teachers from University of
Washington. In her early career, she specialized in wildlife, especially
birds. Her bronzes were exhibited at the Museum of Native American Culture
in Spokane and other shows. In 1981 she moved to Israel, where she acquired her present name. For 17 years she worked in studios in media including miniature paintings on parchment scrolls, ceramics, jewelry, and carving in a harp factory. She also taught art in the public schools. Returning to the U.S. In 1998, she settled with her husband, Chaim Bezalel, in Stanwood, where they established Stanwood House as a studio, gallery, and art school. Several of her students have gone on to professional careers in ceramics. Her own and her collaborative works with Chaim have included commissions and purchases by hospitals, corporations, hotels, and private individuals in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country as well as exhibits in galleries, colleges, and museums. She is a member of the Washington State Potters Association and has been published in Pottery Making Illustrated.