Committed to community-available art opportunities, the Teaching Staff is a powerfully creative group of leaders/thinkers. The heart of the studio, they work together to create a stunning, cohesive body of work in our gallery space, and a flexible skill-building atmosphere in our children’s classes, adult training courses, and workshops. Artists, students of art, art appreciators and community members of all kinds are welcome to join us in this celebration of the artist within—OUTLAW ARTS – A Collaborative Clay Studio.
Cornelia has had her hand in clay her whole life. A second generation potter, Cornelia is one who prefers to make art in a truly collaborative atmosphere. Working on the wheel, with porcelain or stoneware, Cornelia loves making functional pieces that delight the eye and hand.
Clay sculpting is first nature to June. She has always created art and was encouraged by her parents. She has taken classes at multiple colleges including Corcoran in DC, Fleishers in Philadelphia. She has exhibited at various venues around Philadelphia including churches, nursing homes, and galleries.
Her terra cotta figures and busts are alive with expression. It is her professional training in anatomy and physiology combined with her skilled artistic eye that makes June an outstanding teacher of the human form.
Martha Knox is a teaching artist and sole proprietor of Words On Woodcuts Press. She specializes in woodcuts and recent work includes several time-based conceptual projects. Her work has been exhibited in the Delaware Art Museum, Sandy Spring Museum, and Philadelphia City Hall. Through her independent press she publishes books and calendars featuring her artwork. As a teaching artist she has designed highly engaging arts curriculum and has worked with hundreds of students of all ages. She is the recipient of teaching fellowships from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Print Center, and the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. Knox holds a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Lisa Irgang has been making art from her earliest days. Some years ago, she discovered clay as her canvas, using her painting skills to create glazed ceramic tiles, bowls, cups, and sculptural pieces. Lisa graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Tyler School of Art with a Master of Art Education degree, and a two-year independent study of arts and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia during the Soviet era. Lisa taught school age children, many with special needs, leading to therapeutic work with infants, toddlers, and school age children with special needs, and finally, to a career of advocacy and as a special education advisor responsible for oversight of programs in public schools and charter schools.
Gilana is passionate about creating functional, hand-built pieces to bring beauty and joy to your daily rituals. Nature inspires most of her delicate pieces and her work often features impressed botanicals and organic shapes.