A member of the KCAI faculty since 1996, Cary Esser, professor and chair of the ceramics department, specializes in architectural...Read More
A member of the KCAI faculty since 1996, Cary Esser, professor and chair of the ceramics department, specializes in architectural applications of ceramics, such as tiles, wall reliefs and installations informed by the traditions and motifs of architectural ornament
Esser's work is currently featured in the nationally traveling exhibition "Craft in America" with venues including the Mengei International Museum in San Diego, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art and the Cranbrook Art Museum. Her work is also illustrated in the book "Craft in America," published in 2007 by Clarkson Potter.
Her commissioned works include a collaborative metal and ceramic sculpture and wall panel for the Secretary of State Building in Raleigh, N.C.; ceramic murals in Heritage Park in Sanford, N.C.; and ceramic relief murals at the Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Md.
Esser has served on the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts board and was the on-site liaison for the 2002 NCECA conference in Kansas City.
Esser has presented lectures and workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Peters Valley Craft Center and the Archie Bray Foundation. She has served on advisory boards for North Carolina regional art projects. She is a former artist-in-residence at Duke University and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. She holds an M.F.A. degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a B.F.A. degree from KCAI.
George Timock, professor, has a particular interest in double-walled vessels that are raku-fired and inspired by the landscape. His work...Read More
George Timock, professor, has a particular interest in double-walled vessels that are raku-fired and inspired by the landscape. His work has been widely exhibited in solo, group, invitational and juried exhibitions, including the Survey Exhibition of GTs Raku Vessels 1978-98, Goddard Gallery, Sedalia, Mo., 1998; the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; "A Century of Ceramics in the United States," Everson Museum, Syracuse, N.Y.; and a one-artist show at Exhibit-A Gallery, Chicago.
His works are in several permanent collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in publications including "Objects: U.S.A.," by Lee Nordess; "Raku Pottery; A Century of Ceramics in the U.S." and "Low Fire Ceramics, A New Direction in American Clay."
Timock received National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1974 and 1981.
A member of the KCAI faculty since 1973, he holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Paul Donnelly, a native of Philadelphia, is a studio potter who uses slip cast and wheel-thrown techniques to create decorative yet...Read More
Paul Donnelly, a native of Philadelphia, is a studio potter who uses slip cast and wheel-thrown techniques to create decorative yet functional pottery. His work navigates between architecture, nature and popular culture to reveal notions of history and fashion and their place in the domestic landscape. He received his B.F.A. degree from Edinboro University and his M.F.A. from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Before receiving his master's degree, he managed the ceramics department facilities at the University of Pennsylvania while also participating in the Artist in Residence Program at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been published in American Craft Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, 500 pitchers and Making Marks.
Recently, Donnelly was an invited artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, where he participated in a residency session titled "Crafting Content." During this session, artists worked collaboratively while examining conversations about the contemporary studio craft movement.
Jessica Brandl, a native Midwesterner, works in photography, drawing, painting, installation and sculpture to retell stories of Middle...Read More
Jessica Brandl, a native Midwesterner, works in photography, drawing, painting, installation and sculpture to retell stories of Middle America. Set in landscapes with looming architecture, turbulent skies and misplaced objects, Brandl’s work exposes historical and eccentric places engulfed in psychological scenarios both sinister and sublime.
Surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts support a voyeuristic sense of seeing things from the inside out. Her current work consists of large-scale paintings exploring domestic narratives of Middle American-ness juxtaposed against U.S. and worldviews concerning the domestic home, prosperity and poverty.
Brandl attended Concordia University, studying drawing and painting. She earned a B.F.A. degree in ceramics and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. degree from The Ohio State University. Brandl is the recipient of numerous awards including the Fergus Scholarship Award, Fergus Installation Grant and The Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership Award 2009.
Currently, she is a studio artist and teaches sculpture and ceramics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.
Tom Binger earned a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He specializes in the use of ceramic tile and pictorial narrative...Read More
Tom Binger earned a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He specializes in the use of ceramic tile and pictorial narrative in kinetic wall sculpture. Binger has expert knowledge of mechanics, carpentry, kiln maintenance and service and metal fabrication and finishing.
He has taught several elective studio courses in ceramics, including “Dimensional Mosaics,” “Tile” and “Fundamentals of Ceramics.” Binger also teaches “Materials and Process I and II,” required of all ceramics majors, the courses focus on clay and glaze formulation and kiln theory.
He was an employee of and resident artist at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine from 2001 to 2003. Binger has held his current position at KCAI since 2003.
He has participated in national exhibitions, including “Tile: Matter and Motif” at the Baltimore Clayworks in 2004 and numerous American Craft Council shows.
Christen Baker is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her degree in ceramics. She specializes in porcelain and...Read More
Christen Baker is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her degree in ceramics. She specializes in porcelain and china painted sculpture referencing the human body. Her work emphasizes personal experience as a catalyst for memory and meaning, something that is best remembered while feeling amused by life’s ironies and misfortunes.
For three years, Baker was the glass technician for the kiln formed glass elective course. She has extensive knowledge of common kiln forming techniques, such as fusing, slumping, and casting using plaster-silica investment. Baker is experienced in the use of cold working and polishing techniques used for finishing glasswork. She now lives and works in Kansas City teaching the fundamental and advanced sections of Kiln Formed Glass at KCAI. In addition to teaching, Baker is the academic secretary to the illustration, graphic design and ceramics departments at KCAI as a part of Academic Affairs.
Julie Malen collages photographs with natural fragments and cultural debris in her mixed media installations to create the dizzying...Read More
Julie Malen collages photographs with natural fragments and cultural debris in her mixed media installations to create the dizzying feeling of moving through many places and histories at once. She completed her B.F.A. degree at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009 and received an M.F.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Museum of International Ceramic Art in Middelfart, Denmark. She has participated in numerous artist residencies, including the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, Mildred’s Lane in Narrowsburg, New York, the International Ceramics Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark and The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary. Malen is a fall semester 2014 instructor for the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department and has been awarded a residency at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado for winter 2015.