Our Instructors

Barron Hall

Sculpture Pottery and Handbuilding  Barron has an MFA in Ceramics from University of Tennessee and a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from University of South Florida. He teaches Ceramics and Sculpture courses at Maryville College as well as the Owner, operator of Mighty Mud.

Amy Hand

Pottery, Figures, & Sculpture  Amy E Hand makes craft inspired fine art. Her ceramic figures present depth in the human condition with surface and form inspired by indigenous figurines and contemporary commercial production. Research in Tanzania, Cyprus, Turkey and Japan has broadened her understanding of these curious figures and the world she is creating.
Amy completed her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012. Her clay renderings of cocoa beans were highlighted on the Discovery Channel and her silk- screened reverse transfer pottery was referenced in the February 2014 edition of Country Living. She is currently a studio artist and production potter, teaching community classes and workshops at Mighty Mud and at the Arrowmont School of Craft.

Wendie Love

Pottery Wendie Love’s artwork is primarily influenced by the role of the form and function in art as it enables the building of community. She works to provide an environment and encouragement for young people to imagine and create. Valuing the creative process over the product, she strives to contagiously instill in her students a love research, planning, and the full embrace of the accidental. For her, clay more than other media, provides endless opportunities for technical research, historical appreciation, creative problem solving, and perpetual learning. Art is about process: establish/recognize a problem, imagine potential solutions, create a solution, evaluate and reflect on the quality of the solution, and repeat. In art and in life, she seeks to experience and share a passion for learning while building a creative community.

Ericka Ryba

Pottery, Farmhouse Style Known as the “Most Color Blind Potter” by the Mighty Mud community (and a title she wears proudly), Ericka’s work focuses on the nuances of a neutral palette. Without the interference of other aspects, subtleties of various clay bodies, textures, and patterns create an endless source of inspiration and exploration. You might see Ericka representing her pottery company, Providence Road, at local markets and pop-ups. In her spare time, she teaches art in Maryville to grades 4th-7th. She has an A.A.S in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales, a B.F.A. in 3-D Studio Art and M.S. in Art Education from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Ellie Kotsianas

Pottery with surface treatment/carving embellishing Since studying Advertising and Fine Arts at East Tennessee State University I have found my passion in making ceramics.Whether I’m sculpting a play-doh cheeseburger for my tea party or hand building a mallard duck replica with objects found in my backyard, I have been creating and making things with my hands for as long as I can remember. My father has always worked in the furniture industry and specifically with Stickley Furniture, so I have been surrounded by the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Falling in love with the simple designs and strong attention to details, it is clear where my inspirations come from. As a child I was always playing outside and interacting with nature, so I draw most of my inspirations from things you might find in your back yard.

Megan Schefter

Pottery and Handbuilding Being raised in the North, East, Mid-West, and the South, as well as having close family and friends throughout North America, Meg showed interest and intrigue with pottery and the multi-faceted and ever-changing subject we call Art. Living in multiple areas of the country allowed her the opportunity to glean knowledge and information about the vast mediums and forms of art. Meg’s earliest memory of art in uencing her is from her holidays and summers spent with her cousin’s in New Milford, Connecticut, playing at Hunt Hill Farm and The Silo (an artist community similar to Arrowmont). Through Meg’s artistic endeavors, she has shown that she is open to utilizing whatever medium it may take to complete an art work… including cosmetics.
While Meg excels in all areas of the Art world, her passion has become clay. Through clay she is able to show her love of this ever changing medium as well as being able to incorporate other mediums and techniques of other art forms into her pieces. Though, her greatest excitement and enjoyment comes from being able to share her knowledge and abilities with others; no matter what age or ability!
Meg, while raising her son, received her Associate’s of Art-Studio Arts, focusing in ceramics from Walters State.

Jessica Stewart

Sculpture / Hand building / Multimedia  Jessica loves making artwork possessing humor and character. Known for making art with all forms of media and for a variety of purposes, her sculptures primarily focus on the female figure and bird forms. She enjoys manipulating the narratives of her sculptures to be both lighthearted and deeply unsettling. Jessica’s narratives center on the female experience and changing gender dynamics in our society. Conversely, Jessica brings her sense of humor into her hand-built functional and jewelry work, creating objects that contain life and movement within them. She enjoys working with multi-piece and complex construction techniques as well as a variety of texturing methods.

Jessica graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, with a BFA in Ceramics in 2011 and a M.S. in Art Education in 2012. She can be found teaching Art classes to Kindergarten through 5th grade at Christenberry Elementary. Jessica exhibits work locally and regionally, and is a member of the artist group Terra Madre.

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Amanda Humphreys

Pottery with surface treatment/decals, screen print, slip trail Amanda is a Knoxville native who makes functional, whimsical pottery. Her work is inspired by her love and fascination with classic country music & the colorful costumes the artists wore & the images they portrayed, textures & colors from peeling paint on old historic buildings and southern culture & phrases. Amanda completed her BA in Studio Arts in 2005 at The University of Tennessee. Following her new found love of clay, she attended Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC for their Professional Crafts Program. She graduated in 2009, receiving honors and earning the Award of Distinction for her body of work.
From there she became a Two-Year Resident at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville NC. She is currently busy teaching classes at Mighty Mud and The Knoxville Fine Arts & Craft Center. You may see her work about town at RALA and local pop-up shows and Farmers Markets.

Anais A. Lux

Pottery with surface treatment

Anais A. Lux is a studio potter at Mighty Mud, where she makes and sells pottery through her small-batch ceramics business Andro Lux Pottery. Her arts education has been built entirely through classes in the community, self-education and hours upon hours spent in the studio. Lux has shared her love of clay with children as a teacher at the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Camp and currently teaches private and group beginner wheel throwing lessons at Mighty Mud. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies.