Stephanie Flom seeks to create a connection to the environment a well as to creativity through her art. Her installation, performance, and social practice work employ narrative and mythology including the Slavic Rusalki nymphs, the Greek goddess Persephone, and the personal stories behind the plants in our gardens. By turning clay into small functional objects, her hope is to link the user to both nature and to his or her own inherent creativity.
Flom has been a Fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and has shown her work in Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Biennial, Three Rivers Arts Festival Annual Show, and with her late husband, Peter Oresick, at the Mattress Factory: Gestures Exhibition. Her current daily social practice is to build community and inspire dialogue and creativity through literature in her role as executive director of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, a non-profit that connects celebrated authors to Pittsburgh audiences.
Kyle Houser’s ceramic work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals throughout the United States. He is part of private and public collections across the U.S. and in Norway, Australia and Croatia. Currently, Mr. Houser works full time as the Ceramic Studio Coordinator at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Kyle also teaches part time for Community College of Alegheny County and manages the ceramics studio of the School of Art within the Chautauqua Institution during the summers. Never losing sight of the reason he got into ceramics, Kyle continues to pursue has an active and successful studio life. Kyle splits his studio time between creating utilitarian pottery and object based sculptural works. Multiple firings and nontraditional surface treatments along with layered graphic imagery are a common thread in both series of works.
Holly Van Dine
Holly VanDine studied ceramics with Stanley Rosen at Bennington College and later with Valda Cox in Pittsburgh. Her wheel-thrown pottery often includes vivid colors, whimsical animals and distorted or altered forms. Her small tile tables are found at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts shop. VanDine has exhibited at Touchstone Center for Craft, Heinz History Center, Penn Avenue Pottery, Firehouse Studios and GalleriE Chiz.