Our members are clay artists at all skill levels, from beginners to hobbyists to full-time professionals. Here you can find out more information about the individuals in our community and what they do.

If you are a Clay Connection member and would like to add your work to our online gallery, please email 4 images, your website URL, and an artist statement to jesclay@comcast.net


Randy Bill
Website: http://randybill.com
I work with chance. The objects I find, the marks I make, and the happy accidents that occur in process are a direct result of chance encounters. My first love is the creative process, a journey of the mind; a process I have grown to trust. My filter consists of a strong preference for the graphic mark and elegant form with a strong orientation toward organizing and editing. My explorations have taken me into sculptural constructions I call Stack, SpinOffs, and most recently Call and Response. I go back and forth between sculpture and the making of pots. This counter point of opposites has the effect of cleansing the creative palate and allowing for new influences and inspiration to occur.
Randy is the founder of City Clay, a working and teaching studio in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The studio opened in the fall of 2011 and is now located in the old Silk Mills (circa 1890). Randy, with 10 local and professional potters and sculptors, offers a wide range of classes and weekend workshops for adults and children in a vibrant community focused on learning and creating.
Randy received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth and has taught for 25 years. She is a member of the Artisan Studio Tour http://www.artisanstudiotour.com/and the Mcguffey Art Center http://mcguffeyartcenter.com.

Marianne Cordyack
Website: http://www.mariannecordyack.com 
I am inspired by the natural world and my work reflects this. My pieces are made with stoneware and porcelain on a potter’s wheel. I often alter and add to the thrown forms to make them more organic in nature. Most are decorated with colored slip, some are glazed. To enhance these forms, I fire them in my salt kiln which produces a rich depth of surface. I love making animal forms into both decorative and functional work. I love knowing that someone’s garden is enhanced with one of my sculptures and that someone enjoys their morning coffee from one of my mugs!!  



Stephanie Firestone
Website: http://www.stephaniefirestone.com
I use color and form to create a mix of sensitivity, gracefulness and depth. What I strive for in making sculptures and vessels is to stay widely varied and to discover the continuing uniqueness in working with clay. I want my feelings to come through in each piece.



Jayne Shatz
Website: http://www.jayneshatzpottery.com
I have been working in clay for over four decades, producing environmental sculpture, wall sculptures, large-scale vessels and functional pottery. Working in this varied media, I have delved into the instinctive components of my inner being. Sensitivity to the land and the seas has nurtured my work through the inference of organic elements such as seashells, coral, rocks and flowers. These elements emanate from the foundation of my being and my work is the expression of this self. My art has been a major direction in my life, embracing me with the mysterious and the profound. 

Jayne has produced several ceramic education videos. To see free previews of the following videos, please go to:

Glazing with Flair
Slabs, Slabs and More Slabs
Beginning Throwing Series
Large Scale Vessel Making

Guy Zoller

Dick is a recovering accountant, and after spending 30+ years toiling with numbers in the federal vineyard he now relaxes by teaching and making pottery. His classes at Audrey Moore Wakefield RecCenter, Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria), Alexandria Clay Coop, and Lorton Workhouse Arts Center include handbuilding, wheel throwing, and glaze technology. Even after 15 years of playing in the mud, there are still new things to learn!