- Jay Walsh, Department Chair
- Alice Eakin
- Jack Holt
- Patty Kochevar
- Roger Moy
- Jodi Younglove
I am a teacher and ceramic artist. My primary focus is on classical forms and combined pieces which incorporate traditional oriental glazes. I am influenced by traditional Chinese and Japanese forms as well as the Arts and Crafts movement styles. My attempts are to use these forms and glazes in more non-traditional methods.
Alice creates unique hand-built and wheel-thrown functional pottery and whimsical ceramic sculptures. A native of western Pennsylvania, she lives and works in Bloomingdale, Illinois, and teaches ceramics at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center.
After earning her BFA in 1973 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Alice exhibited and sold her pottery and sculpture in galleries and festivals in western Pennsylvania, managed an inner city ceramic arts center in Pittsburgh and was an active member of the Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Guilds of Craftsmen. In the early 1980s, her career turned to arts administration and later evolved away from the arts and into nonprofit management, consulting and fundraising.
Returning to her art in 2008, Alice continues to be heavily influenced by her childhood love of nature, animals and animation art – and her deep passion for clay. She is a juried member of the Illinois Artisans Program of the Illinois State Museum - http://www.museum.state.il.us/programs/illinois-artisans/ - exhibiting work in several of the artisan galleries and shops within that program. Her work may also be viewed on her website: http://www.eakinclayworks.com and purchased online through her shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/eakinclayworks.
Jack’s first experience with clay was at McHenry County College. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in ceramics, he realized that helping fellow students understand and apply concepts was one of the most enjoyable pieces of his education. Teaching for him is a simple extension of that. Jack’s body of work currently deals with the thrown and altered vessel (as a metaphor for the human body) and the way line is skewed when subject to a 3-dimensional surface. He has a strong background in wheel throwing, and acknowledges it as his strength, but pursues all available methods for the creation of clay artwork. Students will find that Jack is friendly, patient, and truly interested in sharing his knowledge with his students.
Patty’s love of clay work started in 1977 with a Raku class in college. Since then, she’s been working in clay and teaching ceramics. Patty focuses on larger wheel thrown saggar fired pieces. She’s also focusing on duplicating results to get more consistency, in a very random firing process. Each success spurs more experimentation. Recently, Patty’s started playing with reassembling intentionally broken pieces, retreating the surfaces and re-firing the fragments (sometimes three to four times), before putting them back together. The results are a much livelier and interesting surface.
Roger is a Southern California transplant with a background in traditional ceramics and master’s degree in fine arts. His growth as an artist has been one of subtraction. The first thing to go was traditional shapes, then traditional ceramic glazes and then clay itself. He was very interested in experimenting with surface treatments and began painting on found furniture. After a few years the furniture disappeared leaving 2-D means of expression.
Roger has been painting on masonite for about 25 years and only recently reconnected with ceramics. He has a new interest in traditional shapes while his surface treatments remain somewhat experimental. Roger is very happy to share his experience, offer thoughts and learn from everyone and everything. Examples of Roger’s work can be seen at www.rhmoy.com.
Jodi is a maker. Her primary love is stylized, figurative ceramic sculpture but put any interesting materials in front of her and something will be made, built or sculpted. After receiving her M.F.A. in 1996, in ceramics, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jodi began her teaching career and has taught throwing and handbuilding at area community colleges, high schools, community centers and private colleges. She took a haitus for a few years to be a visual stylist for Urban Outfitters and Bloomingdales and feels that her time with those companies informed her work by making her see things differently. She believes that when working with ceramics, you are working with overall composition, and the relationship of your piece to its surrounding space.
Jodi’s throwing is heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement while her sculptural mentors are Adrian Arleo, Wesley Andregg and Daisy Youngblood, to name a few. She is a member of the Dupage Art