SCCA is a non-profit organization that is run by artists and art enthusiasts.
Meet our team of talented art lovers who work hard to provide you this amazing studio!
Joy Key | Executive Director
Joy holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from Lee University, along with a Bachelors in English from Milligan College. A native of southeast Tennessee, she loves working in Chattanooga supporting the arts and local artists. Before coming to SCCA, she spent over 10 years in nonprofit education and leadership in a public library, academic library, national museum, Smithsonian Institution, local history museum, and university instruction. She continues to teach Museum Studies at Lee University. Her passion is working with artists to help them be successful and share their skills with others through both production and education. Joy lives in Cleveland, TN with her husband and two dogs.
Emily Lloyd | Studio Manager
Emily has been the Studio Manager of SCCA since November 2018 and helps keep the studio running efficiently and effectively. Prior to holding this position, Emily was a Studio Assistant since August 2018 and an active member of the studio since September 2017. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from Auburn University, and completed an internship with Annie Hanks Ceramics in Chattanooga in the Fall of 2017. This internship is where she learned the basics of clay and how a studio functions well. Armed with her marketing experience and love of ceramic arts, Emily’s goal is to continue to cultivate an open and collaborative community within Scenic City Clay Arts.
Alexis Johnson | Studio Assistant
Carrie Anne Parks : Instructor
Carrie Anne began making tiles at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she completed a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing. Following college, she worked as an apprentice to potter Takeo Sudo in Mashiko, Japan. She then earned an M.F.A., with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In 1982, she joined the faculty of Alma College in Alma, MI, where tilemaking was a regular part of her 3-d design curriculum. She often had opportunities to collaborate with her students on tile installations for the College and completed a number of large-scale tile installations of her own. Carrie Anne’s figurative drawings and ceramic sculptures are exhibited nationally and have been included in numerous books on contemporary ceramics. Recently, her work has won awards in the Cheongju International Craft Competition in Cheongju, Korea and the Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition in Peoria, IL. In 2015, she relocated to her hometown, Chattanooga, where she has set up a new studio.
Paul Whetstone : Instructor
Paul developed a passion for pottery as a senior in high school. This passion truly flourished while he was in college at UT Knoxville studying ceramics. His favorite forms are utilitarian, wheel-thrown pieces that can be used in our daily lives. Paul believe that one of a kind, handmade objects play a vital role in our modern world. They offset the impersonal repetitiveness of mass produced goods, and remind us of our ancient traditions as artists and craftspeople. Paul says " I am drawn to the process of production pottery. Turning a piece of raw clay into a permanent, usable object through the many steps of the process has always mesmerized me, and I become easily lost in concentration while I undertake each piece. I am excited to share my love and knowledge with students at SCCA. This is an inspiring studio to be a part of, with many talented artists of different backgrounds and aesthetic approaches."
Loren Howard : Instructor
Loren has worked proffessionally in multiple media from film, set design, bronze and multiple large sculptures. After receiving a BS in computer animation in 2003 he fell in love with the tactile nature of clay and 3 dimensional design which moved his work from digital toward experimental week long wood firings, atmospheric firings, Japanese, and Chinese aesthetics, and the firing techniques and glazes they used. Experimentation developing new techniques as well as learning old techniques is more important to him than the finished product.
Lolly Durant : Instructor/ Board President
I believe that the arts can make a difference. “Art brings new perspective on things. It adds excitement to a life that might be black and white and it also brings dialog. You never know who’s going to respond to your work, positive or negative. My approach to creating a work of art is based on the “less is more” concept. Simple forms in clay are tagged with imprinted impressions. The reverse design impressions become the foundational support for glaze applications. In printmaking everything’s reversed. When growing up, I didn’t understand why I was struggling with school;but when I went to college and got into printmaking, it all began to make sense- I had dyslexia. As a printmaker/marbler on cloth and paper, my most recent exploration is in surface design, mono-type printing with Acrylic inks on a water-based sizing. My product is one-of-a-kind motif design that is affordable. Easy to display and easy to mail. The very nature of water adds fluidity to creating a pot or pulling a hand-printed, marbled pattern from a water-based sizing. Creating art;be it pottery or marbled, hand-printed cloth restores my capacity for wonder, scientific exploration and experimentation.
Shadow May: Instructor
Shadow May is a self-taught, award winning ceramic artist. He was born
and raised in Homer, Alaska, but now calls Chattanooga, Tennessee, home.
The fundamentals he gained from apprenticeships and production work
early in his career equipped him with a fearless method of creating
Although he spent many years working as a functional potter, he began to
feel confined by the restrictions of functional pottery. Because of the desire
to push from function to form, his current large, hollow, teetering forms and
opaque glazes emphasize the value of taking risks. May’s ceramic forms
marry a studio artist’s discipline with an experimental performer’s mentality.
His commitment and knowledge of the medium only encourages him to
take greater risks. He welcomes mistakes and struggles and he seems to
believe it brings a greater sense of resolve and presence to each form.
May has received a Tanne Foundation Award, Tennessee Arts Commission
Artist Fellowship, and Make Work, ArtsMove and CERF grants. May teaches
workshops nationally and has been published in Ceramics Monthly and
Clay Times. He has exhibited his work across the country in over a hundred
juried fine arts shows.
Mark Issenberg : Instructor
Mark is a prolific potter with decades of experience under his belt. An ex-firefight turned potter, Mark has serious attitude to pottery, along with a wealth of knowledge to provide to his students. Featured in Ceramics Monthly, and several simular articles, Mark brings with him expertise and a love of ceramics to those who truly are dedicated potters.
Mignonne Pearson: Chair
Lolly Durant: President
Carol Mitchell: Secretary
Matt Ferguson :Treasurer