jose avalos, wheel throwing instructor
Jose went to study ceramics at the internationally renowned college for ceramics, Alfred University. He then enrolled at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in ceramics in 2002. He received his MA in studio Ceramics from New Mexico State University in 2009. Jose returned home to Illinois to continue his studies at Northern Illinois University where he received his MFA in Ceramics in 2012.
Jose continues to teach anywhere he can and wherever he is allowed. His passion is to teach ceramics at every and any level and show his students what a wonderful material clay can be to discover more about themselves and their creativity.
erin smith, hand building instructor
Erin Smith attended Eastern Illinois University. She was a 3D art major with a concentration in Ceramics. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She started off learning the basics like hand-building and wheel throwing clay. Then she worked her way up to constructing figurative pieces, and that’s when she discovered her passion for sculptural ceramics.
She started teaching ceramics classes at Studio 60 in 2016 and at Water Street Studios in 2017. She cannot wait to share her passion with her new students. Check out her page: http://egsmith14.blogspot.com/