I have been excited about wood since I started exploring wood as a teen in California and in the Alaska wilderness, carving bowls and small expressive pieces. In my 20s I started teaching woodcraft in northern Vermont to adults and to children in a rural public elementary school. At that time I was moved to write about woodcraft as a vehicle for children in developing their creativity and self-empowerment.
Later I designed and built several saunas, a sailing dory and started sculpting furniture pieces including driftwood lamps, mirrors and chairs.
Recently I've been bringing my spoon and ladle carving workshop in a small caravan style studio wagon I built, out into the community. I have taught these workshops in the Alaskan wilderness, at Snowfarm Craft- Art School and will be teaching at the Carving Studio this spring in Rutland.
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!
Carolyn Brown has a background in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New York City she has had a full 30 year career as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in both New York and Vermont. She taught Graphic Design at Champlain College and the University of Vermont. She also taught Drawing at the Community College of Vermont. She now runs workshops at different art schools around the country. Her most prolific work is a technique known as “collage painting” where she creates mixed media paintings through the use of mixing mediums such as paper, acrylic paint, and oil pastels. She comes to the Shelburne Craft School to share her passion for art and help others wanting to experiment using her selected technique and expressing their own artistic passion.
See my website at CarolynBrownDesign.com
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
For over a decade CLARK DERBES has salvaged large hardwood trunks from arborists in the area surrounding his studio and carved these trunks with his chainsaw, honing them into raw shapes and meticulously painting them with a variety of complex visual systems, patterns and patina processes to make dimensional sculpture in a variety of sizes. He uses new distributions of light and color to playfully shift space and undermine habitual viewing systems, asking viewers to question their perceptions and remain constant as the the separation between the public and the personal is dissolved by the joy of color and the delight of the unexpected.
Clark Derbes also makes paintings, works on paper and large public installations. He was born in New Orleans, LA in 1978 and raised in Baton Rouge where he remains closely tied to the community and where several of his large scale commissioned projects can be seen. He also makes large ‘self-commissioned’ public works designed to keep fluid the dialogue between free art and the material culture found in museums and other institutions. Derbes earned a BFA at Louisiana State University and exhibits extensively throughout the US. He has made his home in Vermont since 2002.
Craig received a bachelor’s degree as a studio art painting major from Middlebury College and pursued additional coursework and study at Dartmouth College, The New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Vermont Studio Center. Approximately twenty years ago, Craig incorporated underpainting and glazing into his creative process. Also, during his more than forty years as a professional photographer he has taught hundreds of photographers the art of portrait photography. He has been heavily influenced by the works of Edward Hopper and Robert Bechtle. Craig lives in Monkton with his wife, Mary. He is represented by The Northlight Gallery in Kennebunkport, Maine. craig-morris.pixels.com
Dayna has studied and created stained glass and mosaic art for many moons. Beginning in the Bay Area of CA., she has worked alongside many talented glass artists around the country. Within her first few years in the field she found herself building commissions, teaching classes, restoring windows and creating her own pieces of glass art.
Dayna currently lives on her homestead in Bethel, Vermont with her husband and 2 children. As a teaching artist, she travels to art schools throughout Vermont and along coast of Maine, with a set of courses that she has developed. You can find a list of her classes and dates at www.daybreaksglassvt.com
Hi, my name is Dylan Fitzsimmons, an accomplished singer and songwriter who was been performing music solo and in bands for 15+ years. This summer I will be leading the Craft of Songwriting Workshop at SCS. I can't wait to share my love of music with the Craft School community!
Throughout my journey as a self-taught guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter I’ve had the pleasure of writing and performing many original tunes. I've found writing original songs to be a refreshing way of keeping my playing fresh and expressing myself through song. I believe that everyone can write and perform their own music, and that sharing music with fellow players is a wonderful way to connect and grow as a musician.
With the Craft of Songwriting Workshop I hope to share a practical framework for beginning to write one's own songs. In partnership with SCS, I also hope to develop a community of guitar players and songwriters who support one another in developing original tunes and playing in public. Hope to see you there!
Ed has been involved with art and creating things for most of his life. After moving from Pennsylvania to Vermont with his wife in 2001, on a whim, he signed up for a stained-glass class right here at Shelburne Craft School. He was immediately hooked. Since then, he’s created many stained-glass pieces; both traditional flat panels and 3-dimensional objects like jewelry boxes and lampshades. Ed has always enjoyed helping others learn and eventually transitioned from student to teacher. He taught stained-glass classes here at SCS from 2009-2013 but had to give up teaching when a change in jobs required him to travel frequently. Now back in the area full-time, he’s excited to have the opportunity to get back in the classroom and help others explore the art of stained-glass.
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.
FRANCES CANNON is a writer and artist of hybrid mediums, and is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank, through Gold Wake Press. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in nonfiction writing, and a BFA from the University of Vermont. She has a book of poems and illustrations, Tropicalia, through Vagabond Press, and a book of poems and prints, Uranian Fruit, through Honeybee Press. She has a book of graphic literary criticism forthcoming with MIT Press. She has also contributed to Vice, McSweeney's Quarterly, The Believer, The Lucky Peach, and The Iowa Review. You can find more of her work at frankyfrancescannon.com