Union Project Ceramics Co-op Artists
The Union Project Ceramics Cooperative seeks to assist emerging artists in growing and strengthening their creative process in a supportive, communal environment.
By being a gathering of artists who create together in a shared space, energize one another, and collaborate, the co-op seeks to contribute to Union Project’s greater mission to use our space to bring people together to connect, create, and celebrate.
Margaret Haden was born and raised in California’s Central Valley. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and was a Post
Baccalaureate student at Oregon College of Art and Craft. In 2013 Margaret received her MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Margaret has been an artist in residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Clay Studio of Missoula, and Kansas State University. Currently
Margaret is an artist in residence at the Union Project in Pittsburgh, where she lives and teaches.
Carina Kooiman studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where she graduated with a BA in Studio Art and French in 2009. She taught youth and adult ceramics programs in Grand Rapids before moving to Pittsburgh, PA where she is currently based. Carina works at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh managing the Art Studio, which includes working with community artists, developing arts programming, and directing the ceramic program. In addition to her home studio, Carina also teaches and works out of Union Project’s cooperative ceramic studio.
Molly is a ceramic artist, musical instrument maker, and musician. Molly’s ceramic work is a canvas for expression and she enjoys experimenting with surface design. She blows bubbles, layers stencils, sgraffitos, presses plant life, and hand paints on her pieces to create pottery that is full of life and character. She purposely makes each one unique in their own ways, even though that technique used might be the same.
Molly has been a Ceramics Cooperative artist at Union Project since 2012.
Alyssa is a ceramic artist and autodidact who focuses on functional stonewares designed to bring handmade beauty into everyday life, resulting in a collection of mugs, bottles, steins, bowls, vases and more. Her style includes fluting and carving techniques that exhibit the relationship between clay and glaze; this dynamic shows the nature of the clay and highlights the pieces’ forms. She currently sells her handmade pottery under her brand, Ali Ruby Ceramics.
A former member of the Union Project cooperative, Alyssa is currently fulfilling a year-long artist residency at Brockway Center for the Arts & Technology in Pennsylvania. In Brockway she focuses on honing her wheel-throwing skills while teaching an after-school program for teenagers to inspire and engage through the arts.
Mark Vander Heide
Mark was born and raised in Michigan but found his way to Pittsburgh back in 2015. Mark creates his pots at Union Project, teaches adult classes there, and teaches children (of all ages) over at the Children’s Museum. Mark’s work is informed by the lived experiences of abundance, excess, and corpulence.
Autumn Hyde was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Slippery Rock University with a BFA in ceramics, she began working as a studio assistant for Stak Ceramics. Her wares are wheel-thrown with an emphasis on craftsmanship and function. She maintains a home studio and enjoys teaching ceramic workshops as a member of the Union Project cooperative.