Art has always been a central part of my life and identity, and of all the many art forms, I am most passionate about ceramic art. I have been working with clay since I was eight years old, and it continues to be the most alluring, fun, and challenging art form I have ever experienced. For me, ceramics is not simply a hobby; it is a passion I plan to carry with me into my adult life. I am currently pursuing a minor in visual art at Harvard College and plan to work towards an MFA after college. I am so excited to share my love of clay with SCS and the Shelburne community!
Chris Ramos immersed himself in furniture making as an early student of the Vermont Woodworking School, studying under the prolific Bob Fletcher and other prominent Vermont craftspeople. Now working out of the Shelburne Craft School, Chris and his partner, Ryan Cocina design and build custom residential and commercial furnishings under the brand, Seral Designs. He returns regularly to VWS to teach introductory woodworking and is a resident instructor at the Shelburne Craft School. Chris is honored to share his method through community education, and his vision through his labor. SeralDesigns.com
I am from Washington, DC and am currently a Junior at Brown University where I study Judaic Studies and Art History.
I started working with clay when I was 15 years old, and since then I have mostly focused on making functional ware. I believe that we have a reciprocal relationship with our objects; we get to choose what objects we put in our houses, on our shelves, and on our tables, and by doing so they become sentimentally involved in our lives. Incorporating valued functional objects into otherwise mundane aspects of our lives can turn our routine practices into more mindful and exciting events.
Pottery is a roller coaster of an art form. It is my favorite thing to do, and I love to spread its magic whenever I can.
I am learning woodworking (slowly), having taken the intro and independent design classes at the Craft School. Now I rent time at the woodshop. If you see me in there it means I actually managed to pick a project and found the time to work on it. Say hello!
Matthew spent the first part of his career as a creative writer in the advertising industry before starting Ogelby Woodworks. Now, instead of making ads that sell snack foods, he makes custom furniture and wooden goods for folks like you.
Matthew is a Journeyman Member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, as well as an Artist-in-Residence at the Shelburne Craft School. He currently resides in Waterbury, VT with his wife, two kids, and Frank the dog.
Rik joined the Shelburne Craft School community in 2004, studying with Loreta Lanquet and Hoyt Berringer. In 2006, he started teaching kids clay classes at Burlington City Arts and became a studio assistant at the Shelburne Craft School. He is now the Craft School’s ceramics studio manager, teaches kids clay on the wheel, adult classes and is the community outreach instructor. He manages the open-studio schedule, studio monitors, kiln fires, and oversees equipment maintenance and supply ordering.