Mike Cinelli is a ceramic artist, father and occasional husband residing in Taylor, Mississippi. Born and raised in Ormond Beach, Florida; he first attended the University of Florida where his initial serious interest in clay began. After relocating to Mississippi, he received his BFA (ceramics) from the University of Mississippi in 2014. The following year, he filled a one year position as the Ceramic Studio Technician for the University of Mississippi.
His work has been displayed nationally and internationally in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions, with work displayed as far away as Skopelos, Greece, where he attended a one month residency at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts. He has received various jury awards, including the Studio Potter Merit Award. He was featured in the August 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly as a contributor to “From Idea to Finished Form”. Currently, he is attempting to juggle his studio practice, being a father and husband, and maintaining a rigorous schedule of complaining on the internet.
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Amy Sanders is a potter whose earthenware vessels create a balance of form, texture and pattern with utility. She currently works as a studio artist, teaches adult handbuilding classes at Clayworks Studio and conducts workshops across the United States. Sanders completed a large-scale public art piece for the city of Charlotte in 2009 and was an 18-month Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC from 2004-2006. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, several publications and she has filmed an in-depth instructional video with international release. Sanders has been awarded Regional Artist Grant through the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC and was a contributing artist in last spring’s ASC sponsored Community Supported Arts project.
Ronan Peterson maintains Nine Toes Pottery, a ceramics studio in Chapel Hill, NC, which produces highly decorative and functional earthenware vessels. His work is drawn from processes of growth and decay in the natural world and translated into a ceramic comic book interpretation of both real and imagined phenomena. He has been shown in local and national exhibitions, including the 2008 Strictly Functional Pottery National in East Petersburg, PA. He was also invited to participate in the 4th, 5th , 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th Annual Potter’s Market Invitational at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, which includes some of North Carolina’s most talented ceramic artists and potters. His work has been featured in both Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and the books 500 Bowls and 500 Plates and Chargers, which includes an image of his plates on the back cover.
He has pieces included in the Permanent Collections of the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC and the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh, NC. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Kiln Gallery in Fairhope, AL, Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, FL. He also taught for 10 years at local craft centers and ceramics studios in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham area of NC and has held workshops throughout the Southeastern United States, including at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Mudfire Studio, and the Kiln Studio.