Administrative and studio manager staff:

Sage Tucker-Ketcham
Executive Director and Instructor in Visual Art

Sage joined the Shelburne Craft School in December 2010 as Executive Director. She has worked as an art educator, gallery owner, adjunct college instructor, painter, and entrepreneur. She received her BFA from Maine College of Art and her MFA from the Institute of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Visit Sage’s Website, HERE




Wylie Garica
Education Director and Instructor in Visual Art
Wylie Sofia Garcia received a BA from The University of Chicago and a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.  Her work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the United States. She has been the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Fellowship, and two Vermont Arts Council Creation Grants.

Visit Wylie’s Website, HERE




Rik Rolla
Clay Studio Manager and Lead 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 outreach instructor for our Mobius Mentoring program. He manages the open-studio schedule, studio monitors, kiln fires, and oversees equipment maintenance and supply ordering.

Read about Rik’s Mix Level in Clay Class HERE




Ryan Cocina
Woodshop Studio Manager and Lead Instructor
Ryan has been a resident woodworker at the Shelburne Craft School since 2011.  Ryan received his BA from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters of Education from Johnson State College.  Ryan studied woodworking at the Vermont Woodworking school as an apprentice under Bob Fletcher.  Ryan manages the adult woodshop classes, youth classes, and open studio nights.





Sarah Ahrens
Outreach and Community Programs Coordinator
Instructor in Visual Art
Sarah Ahrens brings to the Shelburne Craft School twenty years of teaching experience and a genuine passion in reaching all types of learners through the power and magic inherent in the Arts. Sarah is predominantly a painter, whose current work involves pulling prints from a layered clay surface built up with homemade pastels and soy-based pigments and embedded with quirky found objects. She has come to believe that her art making and art teaching inform and inspire one another and that fostering a love for the Arts in our young people is crucial for sustaining a vibrant and connected community.



Kristen Maniscalco
Youth Lead and Studio Assistant
Kristen received her BFA with honors in art and art education from Michigan State University.  She has a professional certification in K-12 education and has taught 6-12 grade art for the last ten years, also working as an adjunct instructor at Lake Michigan College for the last four years, teaching art education and ceramics classes in the evenings.  She moved to Vermont last summer to apprentice on an organic farm and learn more about agricultural sustainability.  Kristen is passionate about art, the environment, and teaching in hopes of inspiring others to pursue their passions.






Joe Pearl
Clay Studio Assistant







Lead Instructors:


Neil Berger
Visual Arts

Education :Boston University, School for the Arts, MFA, painting, Stanford University, BA, Cognitive Science and Studio Art.

The work I most admire is blatantly in love with nature. When I see Egon Schiele drawings I think, what else is there to do but draw people (or houses, chairs) with such devastating passion and intelligence?





Robert Palmer
Woodworking Instructor & Woodworker-in-Residence







Visiting Artist:
Misso Filan, Visual Art
Neil Berger, Visual Art
Joel Popadics, Visual Art
Matthew Ogelby, Wood & Woodworker-in-Residence
Rob Palmer, Wood & Woodworker-in-Residence
Robert Carsten, Visual Art
Robert Wetzel, Blacksmithing
Sarah Wilson, Youth Clay

Throughout the year we have guest artist teach with us. If interested in teaching please contact Education Director Wylie Garcia,

Board of Directors:

President: David Webster, Shelburne, VT
Accountant, A.M. Peisch & Company, LLP
Vice President: Jonathan Harris, Shelburne, VT
Artist, Computer Scientist,
Treasurer: Robert Scharf, Shelburne, VT
Attorney, Kohn Rath Danon Lynch & Scharf, LLP
Secretary: Nancy Winship Milliken, Charlotte, VT
Environmental sculptor,
Faith Peters James, Shelburne, VT
Associate Director of Parent Giving, Middlebury College
Jack Lazarowski,Waterbury, VT
Metalworker, instrument maker
Stephen Selin, Shelburne, VT
Architect, Selin & Selin
Marshall Webb, Shelburne, VT
Woodlands Manager, Shelburne Farms
Lisa Winkler, Shelburne, VT
Development Director, Living Well Group
Executive Director: Sage Tucker-Ketcham, South Burlington, VT

The Shelburne Crafts School does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.