Our wonderful instructors teach a variety of styles and techniques, including wheel, handbuilding, sculpture, surface decoration, alterations, and more.


Cassidy Stoner


BFA in Ceramics and Painting from James Madison University , Harrisonburg VA

Cassidy Stoner started as a portrait artist before discovering her love of clay during school. She creates functional wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery that brings beauty into the everyday moments of life. Along with her partner Julius, Cassidy owns The Little Pottery Shop, a gallery featuring the work of over 100 national and local artists,as well as The Frederick Clay Studio.


Tim Sherman

Towson University undergraduate, BS Degree in Art and Design, Towson MD

 Tim Sherman creates functional pottery, keeping visual aesthetics in mind. He uses a wide range of firing techniques and construction styles, both historical and modern, experimenting with multiple layers of sprayed glazes, and small amounts of ash glazes to force colors to run, pool and otherwise mix together on the surfaces throughout the firing process.

 Tim Sherman has won multiple awards for his pottery.


Nadette Boughton

E.S.A Degree, Paris, France

 Nadette Boughton's first 18 years were spent in West Africa, in Côte d’Ivoire. This experience has greatly influenced her philosophical and hands-on approach to pottery. Her years of architecture and plastic art studies in Paris have served to bring a geometrical and structural knowledge of three-dimensional forms into her work. A profound interest in the Bauhaus movement, emphasizing purity of form as well as functionality of space, is something Nadette always incorporates while throwing or hand building a pot.

 Nadette was Bill van Gilder’s Teacher Assistant at the Art League of Alexandria, VA and participated in many wood firings with him in Gapland, MD. Afterwards, she became Blair Meerfeld's Teacher Assistant, who is the Chairman of the Art League Ceramics Department. Nadette has also been potter Allison Severance’s apprentice, assisting her with community and private wood firings.


Leslie King

BA in Theater from the University of Maryland

Leslie King started as puppeteer in New York City’s Central Park, performing and making puppets. She then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and worked as a scenic artist at Det Kongelige Teatre (the Royal Theater) painting the sets and making specialty props and masks. After completing her degree in Graphic Design from “Denmark’s Design Skole” Leslie spent a decade working as a graphic artist and videographer at CSC offices in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Leslie’s work was exhibited internationally in Paris, New York, Washington D.C. and Brazil

 Returning to the US in 2001, Leslie became interested in ceramics after taking classes at the Frederic Clay Studio. She continued her ceramic studies at the Corcoran School of Art, and earned her MA in Ceramic Arts at Hood College. Some of her work at Hood College was featured in the exhibit “Making Faces” - a series of masks and busts. Leslie returned to the Frederic Clay Studio as a teacher of sculpture and hand building in 2016.


Jason Laney

Current MFA Ceramics Candidate at Hood College, Frederick, MD

BS Business – International Business and Economics at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

Jason Laney has been working in the field of ceramics for over 10 years. Jason has a particular passion for wood-firing and the unique aesthetics created by fire. He has fired wood kilns over 50 times using 8 different wood kilns in the Pacific Northwest and has continued that pursuit firing wood kilns here in the Northeast. Jason has his functional and sculptural work on 4 continents, most recently in two exhibits in Japan.