The title of the new show at the Krikorian Gallery of the Worcester Center for Crafts is deceptively simple: Faculty Show. True, the exhibit is about the faculty showing us how they practice their crafts, but it is also about showing what extraordinary talent is represented in the Craft Center’s artists/teachers.

“Our faculty is incredibly talented and versatile,” said Gale Scott, head of the Glass Program. “They have been both keepers of tradition and explorers of innovation in their fields. And they are so willing to share their expertise with our students!”

Included in the show are Lauren Anabela Beaudoin (jewelry), Jennifer Davis Carey (enamels), McKayla Carville (glass), Meredith Collins (glass), Faith Connor (ceramics), Paul Dumanoski (photography), Pam Farren (metals), Kimberly Gardner (ceramics), Ginny Gillen (ceramics), Jon Glabus (ceramics), Peter Grigg (enamels), Erika Jorjorian (jewelry), Katherine Judd (photography), Kristen Kieffer (ceramics), Jeanne Kowal (stained glass), Lori Mader (ceramics and youth), Laura Marotta (multimedia and youth), Carol Tripp Martens (ceramics), Angela McHale (glass), Thomas O’Malley (Head of Ceramics Department), Ian M Petrie (ceramics), Ron Rosenstock (photography), Elizabeth Ryan- Belton (jewelry), Tomo Sakai (glass), Kristen Momoko Schafer (glass), Phoebe Scott (ceramics), Patti Sprague (multi-media and youth), Joshua Swalec (blacksmithing/forging), William Vanaria (metals), Toby Walters (glass), and Matthew K Wright (photography).

“Craft is an intersection of materials, skill and creativity,” explained Tom O’Malley, head of Ceramics and Photography at the Worcester Center for Craft. “The work that our faculty does in their own studios shows prospective students the real range that the materials of clay, metals, glass and photography present to the creative maker.”

Faculty talents are shown in work as diverse as Kristen Kieffer’s elegant ceramic mugs, vases, and presentation pieces to Tomo Sakai’s cool, polished cane glass bowls to William Vanaria’s damascus tools and innovative jewelry, each carrying on a traditional craft but adding their own personal interpretations and ideas into that craft.

“It is important to note,” said Pam Farren, Manager of the Metals Studio, “ that our faulty are active makers — they are in the studio honing their skills and creating work on a very regular basis so our students get the advantage of that working knowledge.”

The show is on view through Oct. 13.The Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Instructor Tomo Saki with Eric Cruse pulling glass cane for their work at New St. Glass Studio.