Teacher Bios

Below is the list of our core instructors:  Through out the year we have visiting artist, if you are interested in teaching a class or workshop please fill out this form:


Rik Rolla: Clay Studio Manager, Youth and Adult Clay Instructor:  Rik joined the Shelburne Craft School community in 2004 studying with Loreta Lanquet and Hoyt Berringer . In 2006 he started teaching kids clay classes at Burlington City Arts and became a studio assistant at the Shelburne Craft School. He is now the craft school’s ceramics studio manager, teaches kids clay on the wheel, adult classes and is the community out reach instructor.

Jules Polk: Adult Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing:  Jules worked with indigenous potters in both Sri Lanka and Turkey. Upon returning to the states, Jules apprenticed for a year in Montana with Cheri Long, and worked as a student at the Archie Bray Foundation.  While at the Bray, Jules learned to fire wood, salt, and soda kilns, and her work was influenced by her interaction with ceramicists such as Josh Deweese, Chris Staley, Rosalie Wynkoop, Michael Connelly, Matt Towers, and Matt Kelleher. Jules’ ceramic work has been shown in galleries from coast to coast, and recognized in several national juried exhibitions. She volunteers for several community and international organizations in addition to teaching pottery.


Chris Ramos: Wood shop manager:  Chris began his furniture making endeavors at the Vermont Woodworking School in 2008, continuing as one of the first students to obtain a Craftsmanship and Design degree through Burlington College.  Chris currently is the wood shop teacher for Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

Gerard Williams: Woodworker in Resident, Furniture Restoration and Independent Woodworking:  Gerard received his training in New York City by the French designer and ebeniste, Antoine Schapira.  The influence from his time with Antoine can be seen with the incorporation of elegant metal details, unique finishing techniques, and use of unique specimens of wood. Gerard is inspired by cubist and outsider art.

Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz: Woodworker in Resident,  Beginning Woodworking:  Rachel has a B.A. History and Political Science, McGill University, Montreal QC and a Certificate in Woodworking and Furniture-Making, Burlington College.  Rachel’s goal is to achieve coherence, simplicity, and balance through good design.

Ryan Cocina: Woodworker in Resident, Independent Design:  Ryan received his training at the Vermont Woodworking school under Bob Fletcher,A skilled craftsman with great attention to detail. Using traditional techniques to create one of a-kind furniture to last for generations. Ryan’s Work is influenced by many American furniture styles, including Queen Anne, Chippendale, Shaker, and Arts and Crafts.

Visual Art

Evelyn McFarlane: Oil Painting: Evelyn was born in Brooklyn N.Y. and graduated from Cornell University, with a degree in architecture. After working and teaching as an architect she decided to follow her heart into a career in painting and began a three year program of drawing at the Florence Academy of Art, in Italy, under the direction of Daniel Graves.

Hunter Eddy: Figure Painting: Hunter attended the Art Institute of Boston and graduated with the honor of an “Excellence in Illustration” award from the College. His career, after graduation, included working for Aesthetics Signage Company, as well as a freelance illustration work for private clients. He spent time in Italy studying landscape painting and drawing with the Boston Visual School under the direction of painters John Lanza and George Gabin.  His work has been exhibited and sold in numerous galleries including, Peel Gallery, Rutland Vermont; Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, N.Y; Hirshl and Adler, N.Y; Century Gallery, Alexandria, VA; Gallery Americana, Carmel, CA; Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA; Gold Leaf Designs & Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.

Sheel Gardner Anand: Oil Painting: Sheel started his artistic endeavor at the tender age of 7. His initial introduction and schooling has been primarily with a variety of Vermont artists and in a variety of techniques. His formal education to date has culminated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Vermont.

Robert Huntoon: Oil Painting: Robert Huntoon has built his technique along the lines of classic Flemish painting with its emphasis on creating light and depth with transparency.  From his use of traditional resin sizing and titanium white underbase through multiple layers of translucent pigment, Huntoon brings a significant level of craftsmanship to the painting, creating images of timeless beauty.  He has shared his extensive experience teaching for the Vermont Academy, Trinity College, Community College of Vermont and The University Of Vermont.

Joel Popadics:  Lake Champlain Watercolor Workshop with Shelburne Farms: Watercolor is considered to be one of the nation’s top landscape artists. He is primarily noted for his traditional style of watercolor painting. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City and has studied painting with John Phillip Osborne and Arthur F. Maynard at the Ridgewood Art Institute.

Robert Carsten:  Pastels:  Robert studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy, and the Art Student’s League of New York. His work has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, the National Arts Club, the Berkshire Museum, Mattatuck Museum, the D’Amour Museum, the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum and others, as well as, in national and regional shows.

Jackie Mangion: Originally from upstate New York, Jackie Mangione earned her BFA from Pratt Institute and, following graduation, was a freelance photographer working in photojournalism before moving to Ver- mont. While raising her family, she spent several years working as the office manager for Common Ground Center, a local summer camp that fosters the arts. Working at summer camp with other artists, she began exploring more ways to fit art into her work schedule and transitioned to painting and teach- ing year round. She chose watercolor painting after taking lessons from Vermont watercolor artists she met that had the same appreciation for nature that intrigued her, as well. “I had to unlearn many of the painting techniques I learned in oil and acrylic, but I was, and remain, intrigued at how many endless areas of technical skill watercolors can employ.” Jackie currently sells her artwork and handpainted silk scarves at the Waitsfield and Stowe Farmers’ Markets. She also demonstrates and teaches art at Shelburne Craft School, Common Ground Center and Spruce Peak Ski Resort, as well as through private instruction. She received the Holbein Art- ist Award in 2013 for her painting, “Wasatch Mountains” at last year’s Green Mountain Watercolor Ex- hibit.

Metals and Stained Glass:

Sarah Sprague: Education Coordinator, Youth and Adult instructor, Begging Metal and Stained Glass:  Sarah has been working with art of all mediums for as long as she can remember. Sarah holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Vermont. She later went back to school to achieve an MFA in Education from Johnson State College.  Sarah is certified in k-12 art education and currently teaches classes on a variety of mediums including metal arts, stained glass, ceramics, and more.

Matthew Taylor:  Advanced Metal, Owner Mathew Taylor Designs: Matthew graduated from the Maine College of Art in 1994. There Matthew studied with the late master metalsmith, Heikki Seppa, whose work can be found in numerous prestigious private and public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.





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The Shelburne Craft School's mission is to inspire individual creativity by providing hands-on education in craft and art.