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Artisans:About Us

Our studio is an evolving entity, looking forward to establishing ourselves and working toward forming solid client relationships. We offers skilled craftsmanship, from trained artisans, who can transform your environment with ideas and influence unparalleled. We feel clay is an essential material that grounds humanity to the earth and objects crafted honestly, by hand, bring a vital warmth and an interconnected sensibility to your living spaces.

James Nigel earned his Bachelor of Art Education degree, with an emphasis in porcelain vessels, from the University of New Mexico. He continued at UNM with post-baccalaureate studies in ceramic glaze chemistry. James earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in ceramics with a minor in metal fabrication from the School of American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. He was the first resident artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula. James has worked at the historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit and spent time as the gallery director at Lillstreet Arts CenterĀ in Chicago. He has been an instructor of ceramic art, at both the high school and college level, and his work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.

Andrea Lea began her study of fine art at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan where she discovered the art of ceramics. She transferred to the School of American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences in Rochester, New York where she studied intensely for a year. She finished her Bachelor of Fine Art degree, with a concentration in ceramics, at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Her ceramic work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.