Staff & Campus Artists

Danielle McDaniel

Co-Owner, "The Clay Lady" and Studio Instructor
Better known as "The Clay Lady" since 1982, Danielle became co-owner of Mid-South Ceramics in 2007, merging her teaching and product line. Danielle administrates the educational component of the business. When not teaching, she likes to sculpt, write and mentor new artists. She teaches Wednesday morning and evening pottery classes.

Tami Archer

Co-Owner and Mid-South Ceramics Manager
After starting as an employee 30 years ago, Tami became co-owner of Mid-South Ceramics in 2007. She administrates the supply portion of the business. Tami enjoys woodworking and the outdoors.

Denise Brown

Community Operations Manager
Denise started working for The Clay Lady in 2004 and is now the Community Operations Manager of our Campus. Denise keeps our 26 kilns, 60 on-premise artists and 7 staff members programmed and ready to go. She enjoys putting her artistic spin on pottery and spending time with friends.

Camaren "HD" Humphrey-Davis

Retail Manager
HD livens up every sale with her smile. When she's not working in our supply store, she is busy in her studio making big bowls and experimenting with new designs and techniques. She has a BA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Kerby Wilkes

Production Manager
Kerby has a BA in Ceramics from The University of North Georgia. He runs a tight ship in the Warehouse, and keeps Mid-South stocked with glaze. He makes a mean mug, and if you don't agree, he'll give you a "mean mug."

Joseph McDaniel

Research, Development & Sales, Studio Instructor
Joseph completed his BFA in Ceramics at Appalachian Center for Crafts. Joseph has developed our last several lines of Opulence Glaze and The Clay Lady’s Products. Busy in the lab, he is our go-to guy for all things glaze. Joseph teaches our Tuesday morning pottery class.

Lyndy Rutledge

Creative Director, Opulence Glaze Rep, Studio Instructor
Lyndy has a BA in Public Relations. She wears many hats around here: maintaining social media, planning events on Campus, promoting our beautiful Opulence glazes, and working with artists. She enjoys mixed media, ceramics and jewelry making. Lyndy teaches our Tuesday night pottery class.

Alexie Smith

Warehouse Manager, Studio Instructor
Alexie keeps our warehouse 'ready...set...GO!' for orders and production. He studied ceramics at Wichita State in Kansas and enjoys his own studio space in Studio B where he can develop his craft. He also loves high-fives and cartwheels. Alexie teaches our Monday night pottery class.

Keri Lawrence

Studio Manager, Studio Glass Instructor
Keri completed her BFA at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio. She keeps our Studios running smoothly and kilns firing hot. She helps with The Clay Lady’s Field Trips, teaches our stained and fused glass classes, and assistant teaches our sculpture classes.

Joy Baughman

Co-op Manager
Joy’s focus is making our Artist Co-op and Galleries a JOY-filled and welcoming environment. With a BS in Theater, Joy has enJOYed a long career as a performer and she currently fronts a classic rock band. Joy can often be heard playing the Co-op piano throughout the day, promoting an atmosphere conducive to creating for our artists!

Carri Scott

Saturday Mid-South Ceramics Staff
Carri works at Mid-South Ceramics on Saturdays and keeps a busy day rolling smoothly. She enjoys making all kinds of art, especially jewelry and pottery.

Richard Anderson

Kiln Repair
Richard keeps our kilns in top working order. He enjoys producing his line of amazing pottery, sailing and making jokes!

Merideth Holder

Studio Instructor
Merideth teaches pottery on Thursdays. An accomplished potter, Merideth has been associated with our Campus in one capacity or another since 2009.

Audra Ladd

Studio Instructor
Audra is our pottery teacher on Friday nights. She is a lifetime Co-op member and is an experienced potter who enjoys using nature surface decoration.

Nan Jacobsohn

Studio Sculpture Instructor
Nan is a nationally-recognized sculpture artist. She teaches our sculpture class and weekend workshops. When she is not traveling to shows or teaching throughout the country, Nan is busy in her studio on our Campus.

Alexia Abegg

Campus Artist
"I live in Nashville with my husband and our two dogs, Olive and Soda. I am a multi-disciplinary artist working in print-making, textiles, clay and paint." Website: alexiamarcelleabegg.com; Instagram: @alexiamarcelleabegg

Alexie Smith

Campus Artist
"My love of clay began when I was 11. Integrating typography and graphic design techniques that I studied in college into my ceramic art, I aim to speak to my generation with unique under-glaze designs. I now work at Mid-South Ceramic Supply and enjoy the opportunity to talk to and create with so many artists in the ceramic community." Website: etsy.com/shop/LXCeramics; Instagram: @youknowlexx

Andrea Carlson

Artist
"The Co-op is my connection to my creative journey. I have found my artistic home within this inclusive community."

Audra Ladd

Campus Artist, Lifetime Member
“Making something of simple beauty that will become part of someone’s life is what inspires me to be an artist, especially a potter of functional work. I love to collaborate, to work with other artists or customers to make an idea literally take form. Dishes based on the wallpaper in your grandmothers kitchen? Love it! A set of cups for that super-secret eggnog recipe? Done!” Instagram: @nashvillenaturemom

Becca Jane Koehler

Campus Artist
“I use art to share my life. Adventuring into wild and new places gives me peace. The plants and wildlife I encounter are incorporated into my designs. I create abstract patterns inspired by the traditional and natural patterns I find along the way. My own garden provides plants to press into clay. When I’m working, the moment guides my hands, and I let go of life’s expectations. I find freedom. I make ceramics that people can use. In that way, my life is connected to the lives of others.” Website: beccajane.com; Instagram: @beccajanestudio

Brenda Vehige

Artist, Lifetime Member
“I enjoy designing my own patterns and playing with color, shape, and texture while using an array of glass techniques. When I’m not creating unique pieces in my studio, I’m teaching stained and fused glass classes at The Clay Lady’s Campus." Website: colorusharts.com; Instagram: @colorusharts

Brooke Gillon

Campus Artist
“I’m interested in the handmade pot as a conduit in ritual, culture, history, and community, and how we use pottery to nourish ourselves and each other.” Instagram: @bgillon

Camaren "HD" Humphrey-Davis

Campus Artist
"I fell in love with clay due to its thought-provoking, challenging and rewarding nature. I am intrigued by the process of taking a ball of dirt and creating a piece that will last more than a lifetime. Ceramics has the power to connect people from all different walks of life and will continue to do so for many generations to come." Instagram: @post_n_squats

Caroline Cercone

Campus Artist
“Shaped by the prolific history of folk crafts, my pottery is thrown on a hand-crafted kick-powered treadle wheel utilizing a dark stoneware clay which is fired to cone 11 in a gas reduction kiln. I focus on making functional, everyday pottery for the home with a warm organic surface that invites a dialogue between user and maker, food and vessel.” Website: carolinecerconepottery.com; Instagram: @cerconepottery

Catherine Moberg

Campus Artist
“While working with Artist Sylvia Hyman, I became intrigued with trompe l'oeil sculpture. I became fascinated with the idea of telling stories through clay. For many years, I've described myself as a maker of things. This journey with clay is a continuation of my desire to make things.” Website: cathymoberg.com

Chelsea Zachary

Campus Artist
"In my work, I like to combine irregular, organic or floral imagery with crisp, geometric patterns. I paint and carve my designs by hand using the sgraffito method without use of stamps or stencils." Instagram: @czceramics

Cheryl Benus

Campus Artist
"I have been working with clay for 30 years and have always taken a sculptural approach to the medium. Through hand-building and carving, I examine the expressive possibilities of line, texture, and form, while mask-making provides me a way to explore the concept of identity." Instagram: @cheryl_eve_clayworks

Christine Roth

Artist
“Each piece has its own personality, a separate character. They won't stack perfectly, but there is a story to each one; a different story for each person who holds it. My goal is to evoke memory, emotion and even passion.” Instagram: @christine.roth.180

Claudette Tidwell

Artist
“As a little girl building castles in the sand, I was always making things with my hands. Pottery was something I wanted to try. After years of cake decorating with only pictures and memories left to show my work, I’m now enjoying clay. Hand-building unique and useful objects has become my creative outlet.”

Danielle McDaniel

Campus Artist, Lifetime Member
“I spend most of my time teaching, mentoring and loving what I do. When I do get the chance to be in my studio, I make my simple bowls with birds lighting on the edge. I think of the security of home, the safety of family and the love it takes to build a nest for the next generation; the symbol of how I try to live my life every day.”

David Wilson

Artist, Lifetime Member
“Clay gives me such an amazing creative outlet. I work with Raku, electric, or gas firings to make unique pieces that can be functional or artistic. I know this will be a lifelong passion.” Website: dwilsonart.com; Instagram: @turfuga

Dona

Campus Artist
“Creativity is what feeds us and frees us to step out into our own vision and passion for life; to maybe even test the boundaries that we may not be aware are so tightly imprisoning us. Be free! Nurture and give voice to your creative spirit.” Instagram: @donaspottery

Ellen L. Zink

Campus Artist
"I make jewelry and wall pieces. All are hand-crafted originals made with enamels; ground glass fired onto metal using a kiln. My background is in painting and collage. Each piece I create shows that fine art background married with my graphic design expertise. Whether sifting bold blocks of color or applying subtle washes of watercolor enamel, I hope my pieces will complement your wardrobe or walls." Website: ninakatherinedesigns.com; Instagram: @ninakatherinedesigns

Gail Gazdag

Campus Artist
“Make the most of life. It is too short not to have fun. I was trained as a scientist, so now I am exploring the art side of life. I particularly love to make pieces with texture.”

Heather Cuff

Campus Artist
"I have enjoyed working with my hands my entire life. I’m in love with the idea of using something that I’ve made with my own hands, and I’m even happier knowing someone else appreciates the process as well." Instagram: @heathercuff1

Jackie Schlicher

Campus Artist
“Every creative life I’ve lived in this one life influences how I create my pots. And everything I’ve done creatively has influenced me. My singer’s life brings the presence of rhythm, tone, and harmony to my work. My actor’s life expresses emotion, drama, humor and play. My director’s life offers perspective, guidance and discovery. Making pots allows these creative aspects to appear as cups, bowls, plates and platters. And in the making, I appear.” Instagram: @wildhairpottery

Jade Douso

Campus Artist
"I make functional work. It inspires me to think a piece I made will be used in someone’s everyday life." Instagram: @jadedousoceramics

Jenni Kelly

Artist
"I am a clay artist who finds her home in clay. From throwing to sculpting, I love every inch of the creative process. To step into the 21st century, I became a clay bender."

Jessica Taylor

Campus Artist
"I incorporate my love of drawing into my pottery. My designs range from everyday images to animals to landscapes and even pattern-based designs. This variety makes each piece unique and entertaining." Instagram: @artbyjessicataylor

Jim Doramus

Campus Artist
"I love the creative process of taking a natural material--mostly stone or clay--and cutting, nudging, chipping, pushing, cajoling, scraping, polishing, baking, and adding patina until I see something that makes me smile."

John Mayers

Campus Artist
"For half of the year, I work as a sailing charter captain on Lake Superior. But my new--well, for some years now--favorite half of the year is spent in Nashville in the world of clay in Studio B!"

John Sellberg

Campus Artist
“Reflections of my childhood in the Midwest are ingrained in my sense of form and design. I am influenced by the simplicity of landscape and by nature’s textures. Everything from the farm structures and landscape that surrounded me as a child to my deeply-rooted appreciation of soft butter influences the work I make today. I strive to make honest work with lively personality that is accessible and appropriate to all people.”

Joseph McDaniel

Campus Artist
“I am a potter, an artist, a ceramic chemist, and a ceramicist in general. I am just trying to make the ceramic world a better place by being a part of it!” Instagram: @josephmcdanielceramics

Joshua Simpson

Campus Artist
“I am an eccentric chef, living my dreams in the biggest little city of Nashville; creating unique art with clay to display one-of-a- kind treats and amazing dishes.”

Joshua Wagner

Campus Artist
"I have a passion for building community. For the past 14 years, I have taught pottery classes at local community centers through Metro Parks. I now serve as the Director of Centennial Art Center where I continue to help build community through the arts. Although my sculptural work is done primarily with clay, I often include ‘found objects’ in my sculptures. This element of 're-use/recycle' in my artwork is a process that affects how I live and keeps me more mindful of the earth--it helps me be a better steward of what we have." Instagram: @joshwagner

Kari "Ed" Andrews

Campus Artist, Lifetime Member
“I love the idea of utilizing a traditional craft like pottery and adding modern design elements. This allows me to add a healthy dose of sci-fi and 'geekery' into my work.” Facebook: facebook.com/potterybyed; Twitter: twitter.com/madebyed42

Kelly Carter

Campus Artist
“Plants, people, and mugs. I like making planters FOR people. I like making mugs with people ON them. I like making mugs that can be used AS planters. But I don’t like making people OUT OF plants...” Instagram: @happygirlsculpture

Keavy Murphree

Campus Artist
"I am inspired by modern culture through the lens of history and the people who came before us. I love to consider themes that have persisted in art throughout history and then re-interpret them with a modern sensibility." Instagram: @keavymurphreeart

Keri Lawrence

Campus Artist
"I began helping my father with beekeeping when I was just a young girl and I have since grown to respect and care deeply for these amazing creatures. Honeybees and their distinct behaviors--such as the captivating 'waggle dance'--have been a recurring theme throughout my education in fine arts. My work centers around printmaking, paper casting, and sculpture. I strive to co-mingle these disciplines in a simple and symbiotic manner, much like the relationship between a beekeeper and the hive. This manifests in the incorporation of a variety of mediums along with visuals of bees, honeycombs, and indigenous wild flowers in my simple, aesthetically-pleasing pieces." Instagram: @keriann_studio

Kerby Wilkes

Campus Artist
"I draw my inspiration from geology and nature, and I like to blur the lines between functional and sculptural. I hope my pots leave you feeling peaceful but contemplative." Website: kerbywilkes.com; Instagram:@kerbywilkes

Leland Brown

Artist, Lifetime Member
"I have been teaching and creating in clay my whole life! Although I live more than an hour away, I continue to be an active part of The Co-op. I love being part of this artist community."

Lyndy Rutledge

Campus Artist
"I want my work to bring people joy and to tell a story; that’s why I use texture. I use my great grandmother’s handmade doily or lace from a friend’s wedding dress to imprint on my clay, reminding me of them every time I use the piece; making each one unique and special.” Website: meanttosoardesigns.bigcartel.com; Instagram: @meanttosoar

Mark Bailey

Campus Artist
“I am grateful and joyful for the opportunity, the inspiration to abandon the familiar and discover what is coming forth through me.” Instagram: @machbailey

Mark Schlicher

Campus Artist
“I’m a documentary filmmaker and visual artist. I have recently rekindled my interest in the sculptural possibilities of terracotta. I also enjoy painting and drawing.” Instagram: @mudslingerart

Mary Fallon

Campus Artist
“I apparently set the bar too low. I dreamed of retiring and having time to paint. I would never have dreamed of having a studio, surrounding myself with awesome artists, and being a member of this wonderful artist community! Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” Instagram: @maryfallonpommer

Max McWhorter

Artist
“My job titles have included everything from "Top Secret Control Officer” to “Sunday School Teacher” to “Semi-Competent Gofer”. Nowadays, some folks call me the "Weirdo Who Paints Like an Elephant"(abstract painting)."

Melodie Grace

Campus Artist
"I love everything about pottery, but I’m most passionate about raku, an ancient Japanese pit-firing technique. Smoke and flame create unpredictable variation in the finished pieces, so there's always an element of surprise. I’m interested in honoring quiet moments that evoke a memory or connection. I want each and every piece I make to be its own small celebration." Website: melodiegrace.com; Instagram: @melodiegrace

Merideth Holder

Artist
“I chose clay as my medium while in college at Union University, and after graduating in 2008, moved to Nashville to begin my life as a potter. I made my studio home at The Co-op when it was established in 2010, and currently work, teach pottery classes, and produce my own work at the Clay Lady’s Studio Co-op & Galleries. I have a large inventory in Gallery West, and I also offer custom work and wedding registry dinnerware sets. I love all things handmade and feel very fulfilled when working in and sharing the handmade tradition.”

Monica Belanger

Campus Artist
Instagram: @monibee

Myra Cohen

Campus Artist
"I love how pottery can be beautifully simple and functional or complex and detailed with textures and embellishments. Clay is a soulful medium that brings joy to the beholder!"

Myrna McWhorter

Campus Artist
“The thing I love most about working with clay is its unpredictably. Each piece that I make has a different form and texture. The variations of each piece that I make keep me interested and happy to make more and more.”

Nan Jacobsohn

Campus Artist
“I know that horses’ spirits are never truly conquered by their caretakers. They have a secret life that they do not share with us. In like manner, as women, there is a secret self that the circumstances of our life can never take from us. I try to give a glimpse into some of these secrets in my work.” Instagram: @nanjacobsohntheclayhorse

Neda Sharifi

Campus Artist
“I graduated in the graphic design field. My experience has helped me to transform my painting ideas, illustration and design ability into my pottery works. Mixing painting and illustration ideas with pottery techniques has shown me unlimited joy of art and has awakened new sides of my spirit.” Instagram: @neda.m.sharifi1

Nicky Smith

Artist, Lifetime Member
“My pottery does not yet show a mark of a distinct style since no two pieces are alike. Most are derived from nature, which is ever changing, yet somehow the same. Each piece is the sum of the mind envisioning and the hand performing. What might begin as a utilitarian piece may find its life as a sculpture that delights and surprises me.”

Olivia Romero

Artist, Lifetime Member
“Life is a journey we are all on. My dream to create and share the love of life in my pottery and paints with others is my wish. I am so blessed and thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given by The Clay Lady’s Studio Co-op and my amazing fellow artists.”

Paloma Wall

Campus Artist
Instagram: @palomaawall

Rachel Deering

Artist, Lifetime Member
“Some people do yoga; others go for a run. I play with dirt. As a busy mom of three, it is hard to make time for a new endeavor. But every time I sit down at the wheel, my love grows for the art of pottery. I enjoy taking something raw and watching it become something beautiful beyond my imagination. Every new piece makes me smile.”

Sarah Longenecker

Campus Artist
"You may know me for my ceramic tableware found at The Treehouse Restaurant and wall sculptures made by hand. Now with my studio on The Clay Lady’s Campus, I can bring together designing, making and selling to offer beautiful, high-quality ceramic products of all types that blur the line between everyday trinkets and detailed decor." Instagram: @sylvanclayworks

Susan Lawless

Artist
“If I get to spend my day making something out of a piece of clay, it’s a good day!” Facebook: facebook.com/justaveragepottery; Instagram: @justaveragepottery

Tami Archer

Campus Artist, Lifetime Member
“I love working with the customers of Mid-South Ceramics, the students of The Studio, the artists of The Co-op. But, most of all, I love working with power tools and making functional wood pieces!”

Tammy Gentuso

Campus Artist, Lifetime Member
“As an artist, I’ve found that the world is all about stories, thus much of my work is about telling stories. Whimsy is the filter I use to view my world, and in clay, I’ve found I can create this sort of magic at every touch. Since I like stories with happy endings best, I am quite okay with the idea that my art doesn't have a function beyond stirring the mind and soul, and coaxing out a smile in the beholder. In a nutshell, I’d say that my goal in the studio is to create work that brings to life that quiet joy which is seeded deep inside each of us.” Website: studiogentuso.com; Instagram: @tammygentuso

Trey Hall

Campus Artist, Lifetime Member
“When I’m not out touring the planet on my motorcycle, I’m playing in my studio. I like to experiment with different raku glazing techniques and throwing multiple clay bodies together to make pots reminiscent of some of my favorite desert stops during my trips around the world. Overall, I’m just an enthused hobbyist. I’m just doing it because it makes me smile!”

Veronica Duker

Campus Artist
“On being an artist: I can’t stop smiling!”

Founding Members

Here From The Beginning
The Clay Lady's Campus will be forever grateful for the artists who gave so much at the beginning to make the creation of the Artist Co-op possible: Joseph McDaniel, Trey Hall, Kari "Ed" Andrews, Brenda Maddox, Neva Fiumara, Bill Boakes, Lynn Boakes, Nicky Smith

Lifetime Members

Be a Benefactor!
The generous contributions of the Artist Co-op's Lifetime Members support creativity and community on The Clay Lady's Campus. Advocate art by becoming a benefactor! Lifetime Members include: Danielle McDaniel, Tami Archer, Jim Skutt, Yosuke & Karen Shimpo, James Turnbull, Mike Smith, Ruthie Schulz, Michael King, Denise Brown, Margo Woodruff, Audra Ladd, Rachel Deering, Dorothy & Paul Craig, Suzanne "Suzi B" Busby, Robin Bowman, Olivia Romero, Carolyne & Butch Humphrey, Carol Fraser, Leland Brown, Tammy Gentuso, Trey Hall, Brenda Vehige, Hunter & Wendy Briley, David Wilson