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 Tierney Cacioppo

Tierney Cacioppo

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about Tierney…..Tierney Cacioppo is a Kansas City native. She has had an interest in art ever since she can remember. Tierney discovered ceramics and the pottery wheel at age 15 and it quickly became her biggest passion, which has remained true ever since.

Tierney received her BFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2010. She has won numerous awards throughout her career. Her sculptural vases and functional pottery have been shown in a number of galleries both locally and regionally. Her most recent work is functional porcelain pottery that plays with bright colors and bold designs.

In January of 2015, Tierney bought Muddy Waters Studio in Lawrence, fulfilling her dream of owning her own clay studio. She is a seasoned teacher and brings a wealth of local knowledge and passion for clay and to the patrons of Muddy Waters Studio.

Zach Palasz

Zach Palasz

Zach Palasz

about Zach…..Zach Palasz is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas living here in Lawrence. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics after completing his Visual Art Education degree. Zach has a passion for clay that drives his love for teaching.

Zach works mostly with functional pottery. His surfaces reflect the atmosphere in which he fires his work. The colors and surfaces derive from soda/wood ash in combination with slips and glazes.

Rachel Norland

Rachel Norland

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about Rachel…..Rachel Norland grew up on a farm outside Lindsborg, KS. Her passion for art has been evident since she was very young. In 2007 she came to the University of Kansas to study Art Education and there she discovered her love for oil painting, with its wide range of color, texture and application.

Rachel’s art has encompassed dynamic landscapes and the human form, along with their relationship to life. Her work has been shown at a number of local galleries. Rachel has also taught a broad mixture of age levels in a variety of settings.

Ken Stevens

Ken Stevens

Ken Stevens

about Ken…..Ken Stevens grew up along the West Coast and developed a love for pottery while in high school. Since then, he has traveled throughout the United States culminating his art.  Ken earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute from the ceramics department. Afterwards, he taught at the Maude Kerns Art Center and Yavapai Community College.  Ken has showcased his work in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon. He takes pride in his bold and rustic style that is influenced by ancient cultures around the world and hopes to share his knowledge and skills with others.

Megan Coody

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about Megan…..Megan began working with clay in middle school and continued her exploration of the medium through high school, ultimately earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in 2015. She participates in local shows and sales as well as working with local galleries and artists.

Megan focuses primarily on functional wheel thrown forms fired at various temperatures and atmospheres. She also incorporates her love of nature and painting by creating surfaces that reflect the natural world.

Katie McCormack

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Katie McCormack photo

about Katie…..From Springfield, Mo Katie McCormack graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from Missouri State University in 2014. Katie has since backpacked through Europe and spent 6 weeks in Denmark to work on her ceramic work. Her love for art has taken her many places, the most recent has brought her to Lawrence, Ks for the Post Baccalaureate program in ceramics at the University Of Kansas. She has since decided to stay to teach and share her love of ceramics.