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Current Resident Artists



Resident Artist 


About Me


Gabs Conway is ceramic artist born in the Midwest but grew up in Missoula, MT. Gabs obtained her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She holds a strong connection with sculpting but has a familiar relationship with wheel throwing and functional pottery.


Gabs is interested in the tension that is created between the dualities of existence. In which she considers the human essence, and the human physicality as two separate entities. The body is merely a vessel for human existence; a continuator of survival. She explores what of the human experience is an emphasis of living, and what is a strain of human accomplishments. As of late, she is interested in forming tension in space by that of the viewer and that of the work.



Resident Artist


About Me

Connecticut based artist, Maya Moen, has fostered her passion for ceramics and the ceramic community since 2013. Maya is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design BFA program and has also spent a year as a studio resident working with students and faculty at the university of Montana, Missoula. Maya has since returned to New England where she established her own private studio space. Maya has always been drawn to the beauty of utilitarian items inspired by traditional crafting techniques. From knitting, to quilting, basket weaving, and printmaking; Maya allows the visual language and iconography of these often-overlooked disciplines to influence and enhance her functional ceramic forms. Decorated with delicate floral patterns and bold areas of color, Maya’s tableware pieces showcase forms that appear soft and comfortable. Her works are made to be touched and

used, symbolism explored and changed through interaction. Individuals explore their own connection between form, surface, and function as they interact with each piece.

Her work has been featured in juried shows in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, Maine and Montana. Currently her work is exhibited in the collection of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.




Community Outreach


About Me

Bruce Kitts was born and raised in Central Illinois where he received his BFA from SIU at Carbondale in 2009 that followed up with a two year residency at Terra Incognito in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his MA from EIU in 2012. As a member of the Illinois Artisan Program, his work has been displayed in various galleries and museums throughout Illinois. In 2015, Bruce left for the west coast where he was a studio tech and artist in resident at the Mendocino Art Center. Since then, his work has been displayed in several nationally juried exhibitions. In 2017, Bruce moved to Helena, MT to work as a studio potter and currently resides in Missoula, MT working in his home studio.



Advisory Board Member- Sales & Marketing


About Me

Ryan Caldwell received his BFA with emphasis in Ceramics and Sculpture from Washburn University, in Topeka Kansas, and was awarded the Charles A. and Margaret Pollak Art Purchase Award in 2015. He has been a short term artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center and Medalta in Alberta, Canada. Ryan received his MFA from The University of Montana in 2020, His work is in art collections small and large, such as The Mulvane Art Museum and the Shimpo permanent collection. Ryan is currently a working artist in Missoula, Montana. 


Tatum Ernst

Student Studio Summer Assistant  


About Me

Tatum Ernst, born and raised in Texas, is a ceramic artist pursuing her BFA in Studio Art with a Minor in Art History at the University of Montana. She approaches clay both sculpturally and functionally, and enjoys the incorporation of non-ceramic materials such as steel and wood. 


Tatum’s work is an examination of memory and personal experiences, and she draws content from highly significant people, places, and events and the memories that they exist within.

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Summer Assistant


About Me

I'm a full time ceramic artist based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. On most days I'm accompanied by my Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd named Pip in my studio where I create functional, wheel thrown pottery with a flare. My whimsical characters appear on the surfaces of my work that reflect printmaking techniques. If you don't find me in my studio, you'll most likely find me on a long road trip out West hunting for hiking adventures or floating on my paddle board. Yes, Pip paddle boards with me too. 

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