Graduate Profiles

Katrina Rattermann (MFA 2017)

Katrina Rattermann is from Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. In 2014, she began her graduate studies at the University of Arkansas and is currently working on her thesis. Last semester she received an international fellowship to live and make work in the porcelain capital of the world, Jingdezhen, China. Her work explores themes of celebration and mortality.

It Wuz Lit, Fam, 2016

Lindsey Heiden (MFA 2018)

Lindsey Heiden was previously living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, though she is originally from Illinois. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from Western Illinois University in 2007, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish. She is a first year graduate student in ceramics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In the years between earning her BFA and starting graduate school she worked in various studios thoughout the U.S., first as a resident artist and then as a studio assistant. Her work is highly decorative and focuses on animal forms while incorporating mixed media into them.

Rich Peterson (MFA 2018)

Richard Peterson received a BFA at the University of Akron, Ohio. He has spent almost all of his life within Northeast Ohio, which is where most of the narrative his work is derived from is based. Rich's work has been published in Clay Times (December 2014), Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfer Techniques (Lark Books 2015). and will be published in American Craft magazine in Feb-March of 2016. Rich has shown at Charlie Cummings Gallery, Forum Artspace, AKAR Gallery, Red Star Studios, Baltimore Clayworks, Morean Art Center, and was awarded Honorable Mention at "Drink This" juried by Sam Chung at Workhouse Ceramics in Virginia.

Lucas Knowles (MFA 2019)

Lucas J. Knowles graduated Cum Laude in 2014, completing his thesis and earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His undergraduate concentration was a hybridization of both ceramic and mixed-media sculpture. With his work, Lucas displays nature and the cosmos as spiritual entities, providing religious and didactic visuals to accompany his reverence of the interrelation of all tangible things. Lucas has displayed works across the country, spanning from the North American southwest to the southeast. His most recently notable juried exhibition was held at the Harry Wood Gallery, which was in conjunction with the International Sculpture Center 2015 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The exhibition was juried by Garth Johnson, curator of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center.

Sam Mack (MFA 2019)

Sam obtained a BFA from the University of Missouri in 2014, and recently completed two years as a post-bac at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"my work is the result of an interdisciplinary studio practice and does not have one material focus. i view my works as a collection of questions or components of an essay that rely upon one another to build a comprehensive dialogue to question, trouble, and destabilize constructs of gender, sexuality, and taboo. i build works that relate to the body. the works are ambiguous and often personal, existing within the in-between space of traditional art medias of video, ceramic, written text, painting, and installation and the contemporary spaces of the internet and social media. through their ambiguity they ultimately refuse methods of categorization. i utilize tactics of trompe l'oeil in order to play with potential functions of a recreation, taking an object or language out of its original context by reproducing it in a different material and collaging it into a new form, challenging ways of viewing objects. my work suggests a corporeal engagement and a consensual and active voyeurism that allows the viewer a space for investigation."

Chris Rodgers (MFA 2019)

Chris Rodgers, a native of Charleston, WV, received his BA in studio art from West Virginia State University in 2012. Upon earning his degree he moved to Beijing, China where he was an English instructor for one year. He was a post-baccalaureate student at Kansas State University from 2014-2015, where much of his work referenced his experiences of living in Asia. Recently, Rodgers completed a graduate level semester at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. 

Anthony Kascak (MFA 2020)

Anthony Kascak graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He has spent the past year in Syracuse, NY working as a studio assistant and post baccalaureate student at Syracuse University. Recently, he was a resident artist at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Anthony’s work is a way for him to explore concepts of shame and desire revolving around his multi-cultural and sexual identity through sculptures that reference desserts and celebratory objects.


Nicholas Dison (MFA 2020)

Nicholas Dison graduated from California State University Long Beach with his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Ceramics. He is influenced by his travels to Italy and has been inspired the baroque aesthetic. Dison uses clay as a medium to create objects that can be sculptural, figurative, or conceptual—and that question traditional ideas of how art is defined in relation to how it is made. His works combine the fields of ceramics, craft, sculpture, and painting.

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