Jenna Vanden Brink
Jenna Vanden Brink grew up in Detroit, MI in a family that valued art and community. After graduating from Calvin College with a BA in Studio Art and English, she ventured to Pittsburgh, PA with a pack of friends to live and work together.
In Pittsburgh, she works full time managing the ceramics program at Union Project, a nonprofit arts and community organization, which allows her the cherished opportunity to share her passion for ceramics.
She lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband and pup in their labor-of-love 1905 Victorian home.
Jen Allen received a BFA (2002) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a MFA (2006) from Indiana University, Bloomington. From 1998-2002, she worked as a production assistant to Kris Bliss at Bliss Pottery in Anchorage, AK. In March 2008, the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) recognized Jennifer as an “Emerging Artist”. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. In addition to keeping a home studio, Jennifer currently teaches ceramic classes at West Virginia University. She lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband Shoji Satake, their two kids, Annelise and Finn and their two dogs, Billie and Ella
Reiko Yamamoto makes modern, versatile and functional pottery for everyday use. Each and every piece is designed, made and fired in her studio in Pittsburgh, PA.