Artist in Residence

The Arbutus Folk School supports creating pathways for crafts people early in their professional careers. To this end we operate an Artist in Residence program in some of our core program areas.  The AIRs serve critical functions for our studios and in exchange, they have access to the equipment in our facility for their own use. AIRs  are provided opportunities to develop their teaching, technical and community leadership skills and are given opportunities to showcase their work.

Open AIR positions will be announced on this page.  There are no current openings at this time.

Claire Muehleisen

Claire Muehleisen has had a strong connection to art throughout her lifeShe spent her formative years visiting her grandfather’s art studio in Mexico where she was exposed to the rich artistic culture there. These early experiences made a lasting impression on her and the imbued her with the deep belief in the power and magic of art. She studied oil painting, photography, drawing, pottery and ceramic sculpture at The Evergreen State College.  During this time, she was given the opportunity to grow as an instructor and ceramicist while working as an aid in the ceramics studio and volunteering as a teaching aid in a sculpting class. Claire graduated from Evergreen in the spring of 2018 and began working as a studio assistant for BakerPotter studios. She believes that art is an integral part of communication and self-expression 

Francis Fong

Francis Fong started woodworking in the winter of 2015 at The Evergreen State College. After an introductory class he transitioned to studying craft full-time and also started working at Evergreen’s wood shop as an instructional aide. Since then, he has made a range of things including chopsticks, side tables, chairs, lamps, and a large media console. He is equally interested in teaching, thinking, and making, and hopes to pursue craft education in the following years.

Past Artists in Residence

Andritta Berstein

Andritta Bernstein grew up in Seattle and Tacoma WA. During her formative years drawing painting, photography and ceramics were vital outlets in exploring the social world around her. She moved to Olympia in 2016 to complete her undergraduate degree at the Evergreen State College. At TESC she studied art theory, 3D art in ceramics and metal working as well as experimental photography. During this time she was a studio aide for the Evergreen ceramic studio and gained an affinity for helping her peers in achieving their learning goals while maintaining a communal studio space. She Graduated from Evergreen in the fall of 2018 and spent a few months in Seattle enjoying a work-study exchange at Rat City Studios in White Center where she learned new ceramic techniques from artist Deborah Schwartzkopf. She was the Ceramic AIR at Arbutus Folk School from fall of 2018 to fall of 2019. She finds deep purpose in working her inquiries out through the manipulations of materials and strives to share that experience with local community through teaching.

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Eric Cannizzaro

Eric is a furniture maker and has been an instructor at Arbutus Folk School. He grew up in Vermont spending his free time exploring and searching for birds. After high school he spent a few years working odd jobs and traveling in Central and South America, finally deciding to enroll at the Evergreen State College to study Natural History in 2010.
At Evergreen he found his way to the wood shop and began working with Madeline Morgan, who directed his focus to handwork, and with whom he explored tool making, instrument making, Japanese joinery, furniture making, design and philosophy. Between field biology, odd jobs, and woodworking, he’s been able to make a living.
His interest in woodworking and craft centers on functional objects, and is tied to ideas of dignity, autonomy, and beauty. His current focus is on green chair making.
He was the woodworking artist in residence from 2017 to 2019.

Sarah Farley

Sarah has been working with clay for over 10 years. She has taught ceramics and facilitated the open ceramics studio at Arbutus Folk School. She was the ceramics artist in residence at Arbutus  from Spring of 2018 to fall of 2018.

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Pamela Davis

Pamela Davis is a ceramic and metal artist who lives and works in Olympia, WA. Her work ranges from 3-D ceramic and metal pieces, installation art, works on paper, and jewelry. Form, line, and concept are important elements in her work. Her themes include environmental relationships, the body, and intersections of perspective.

Pamela hold a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College. She works at Evergreen as the Fine Metals Studio Technician and at Arbutus Folk School as the Program Administrator.

She was the ceramics artist in residence from fall 2017 to spring of 2018.

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Nicole Gugliotti

nicole gugliotti (she/her) is a socially engaged craft artist making work that intersects craft and reproductive justice.
She was born in 1979 and raised under the hot Florida sun.  She completed her MFA at the University of Florida and her BFA at Florida Atlantic University.  She has exhibited solo exhibition at the Alexander Brest Gallery in Jacksonville, FL, The Institute of Ceramic Studies at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan and the Tim Salen Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL.
Currently based in Olympia, WA, nicole is the Instruction & Classroom Support Technician in the Art Department at South Puget Sound Community College, runs the Front Porch Pop-up Gallery is a and recent co-founder of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective.
Nicole was the ceramics artist in residence at Arbutus from winter of 2017 through the summer of 2017.

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