At Cuisine Culture events, all of the foods and drinks are served on hand made pots designed especially for the foods in them. Both the pots and the food come directly from the source and within an intimate radius of the dining site!
Kathryn Money, Coach Street Clay, Canandaigua
Kate is a ceramic artist, the owner of Coach Street Clay studio & gallery and Cuisine Culture co-founder. She received her BFA in Ceramics in 2003 from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Crafts. Kate is dedicated to establishing community through art and clay in the Finger Lakes Region.
Kala Stein, Kala Stein Ceramics, Canadice
Kala in an artist, educator, and Cuisine culture co-founder. In 2009 Kala received her MFA in ceramics from Alfred University where she currently is an adjunct professor. Known locally for her Finger Lakes Tiles, and nationally for her silhouette vases, Kala is committed to empowering rural communities and developing sustainable practices through her ceramic work.
Alysha Baier, potter, Conesus
Alysha works out of her home studio in Conesus and is involved with the local clay community through teaching at Studio Sales Pottery, organizing the New York State Pottery Festival, donating to charities and selling her work. She has a whimsical and loose approach to her pottery, which is thrown on a wheel and then altered. She says that the greatest reward is when her work passes on her creative energy to someone else.
Matt Wurtenberg, blacksmith, Naples
Matt studied blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently lives in Naples, NY. Matt has a unique way of weaving together rural life and his art work- for the candlesticks he is compressing the scored iron with a log splitter! He makes utilitarian, decorative and sculptural pieces and is currently accepting custom work.
John and Kathy Brien, Victor, www.facebook.com/jandkclayworks
J & K Clayworks is the collaborative studio of John and Kathleen Brien in Victor, NY. “We use handmade pottery in our home and we believe that it brings an enhanced level of enjoyment into the kitchen and around the table. In our world of increasing industry and mass production, events that promote local farms, local food, and local artisans are vitally important for the health of our communities.” -John and Kathleen Brien
Marie V. Nye, Rochester, http://www.etsy.com/shop/MVNpots
Marie has a BFA (2003) from RIT in ceramic art, and also a MST(2005) from RIT in art education. Her pottery is inspired by architecture, color and function. Marie maintains a small pottery studio in Rochester, where she also owns a restaurant with her husband, Roam Café on Park Avenue. Marie has been an adjunct professor at both Nazareth College and RIT, as well as ceramic and glass judge for the Park Ave Festival. Marie’s passion for food, pottery, friends and family, inspires her path of restauranteur and potter.
Mike Carroll, East Avon, Studio Sales Pottery
Mike has been making pottery for over 35 years. He graduated from Nazareth College with a degree in studio arts. Mike’s pottery has been exhibited regionally and nationally. In 2007 Mike and his wife Roxanne opened a new gallery space and studio in a restored 157 year old schoolhouse.
“The individual creativity that I have been witness to makes me feel better about humanity in general. When we pick up a piece of clay we are engaging in an activity that goes back to the dawn of our species. When we pick up a piece of clay we are engaged in a divine process, as in the creation of mankind according to Genesis. In some cultures, even today, clay is an element of power, imbued with spirits and ghosts in an animistic sense. My favorite form to make has to be the form I most despised in earlier years; a cup. A good cup is useful and intimate. I can make hundreds and still wonder how to make it better. The potter is used as a metaphor for God; I just hope I am a good cup.” -Mike Carroll
Jennifer Buckley, Rochester
Jennifer’s recent dream vacation to Rome and Florence has inspired her latest ceramic designs. Her week long ceramic workshop at ’La Meridiana’ in Certaldo, Italy inspires her new work and glaze designs. One half of Jennifer’s creative work is ceramics, the other half is cooking. She enjoys having friends and family over to enjoy a great meal served on, or in, the ceramics she has created. Jennifer works out of the Hungerford Building in Rochester and is a regular participant in First Fridays.
Peter Pincus, Penfield
Peter is a Pittsford native, currently living in Penfield. He graduated from Alfred University in 2005 with a BFA and again in 2011 with an MFA. Peter manages the pottery studio at Genesee Center for the Arts. In August, he will begin teaching ceramics
at Roberts Wesleyan College. “As an avid mandolin enthusiast, I will continue to make pottery until record companies approach me to become the next rock n’ roll icon. Any day now…”
Jillian Bowser, Canandaigua
Jill is a year long intern and instructor for the kids pottery classes at Coach Street Clay in Canandaigua. In May, 2009 she received her MA in Art Education from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and is currenly seeking a full time position as an art teacher. Jill has an innate passion and adoration for working with children and clay within the community.
Vicki Hartman, Vicki Hartman Ceramics, Rochester
Vicki works as a full time studio potter from her home in Rochester, where she lives with her husband and two children. She explores the themes of family, home and community life through the process of making with clay and the many ways to incorporate handmade ceramics into daily life.