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!
Adam Kirby : Interim Executive Director
Adam has a B.F.A from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, with studies in sculpture and ceramics and continuing education as a ceramic apprentice for Shadow May, a local clay artist. Since graduating, Adam has been actively invested in the Chattanooga community through his art, as well as, helping other art organizations
thrive. He co-owns LIT Art Gallery, and is a co-founder of ARC. He joined SCCA in January 2018, and he is devoted to seeing it grow even more into a successful arts organization. More about his current body of work and achievements can be found here.
Lauren Holmes : Office Assistant
Lauren is new to ceramics but has quickly fallen in love with working with this material. She works as a office assistant and works to make sure the studio runs smoothly.
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