Outi Putkonen 

OWNER & Teacher

Outi is the incredibly talented potter and passionate smile and heart behind Mugi Pottery. 

As a potter, I am not interested in production pottery. I much prefer exploring the process in a less result oriented context. Becoming a potter to me meant embarking on a journey, destination unknown and not important. On this journey, I must remain open minded, observant and humble in order to explore the possibilities and ideas that present themselves through our environment and nature. I need to be intuitive and respectful of my heritage, experience and sense of aesthetics instilled by my surroundings, upbringing and education. Pottery making is a very technical craft, through diligent practice, repetition and perseverance I have begun to grasp the layers of skill and understanding required to make a proper pot. In the potter’s craft, I need to be humble to accept the challenges and embrace them as a learning opportunity rather that an obstacle and discouragement. As a potter I am forced to focus in present time, I can’t think about yesterday or plan my tomorrow while working. The process requires a quiet and a calm mind, hands and eyes working together in order to execute an abstract idea into a tangible object.


Molly Bryck

Teacher

Molly Bryck is a Manhattan based potter and ceramics teacher. She teaches children’s classes and private lessons at Mugi Pottery. She sells her work on commission, on Etsy and at Mugi, and her pottery has been featured several times on Epicurious. Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Molly received her B.A. from Barnard College where she studied Visual Arts and Art History, concentrating in functional ceramics. Valuing simple creature comforts, domestic spaces, and the intersection of art and utility, Molly works to create simple yet elegant functional vessels that become a part of daily life. 

Website: mollybryck.com
Etsy: bryckceramics


Jeannine Carson

Teacher

Jeannine's sojourn with ceramics began in 1997 with her first pottery class at a small studio in New York City. She fell in love with the medium, and continues to have her hands in clay to this day at her  pottery studio in Long Island City. My formal education in the arts includes a BFA with a concentration in painting from Hunter College. She currently teaches weekly adult ceramic wheel classes, at two  local pottery studios in NYC. 

She feels her greatest asset is her natural-born curiosity.  She enjoys attaining new insights, and  always look for new experiences. She claims, “my greatest teachers are my students whose question motivate me to learn new skills and therefore, drive me towards accomplishing  my best work.  My painting and ceramics portfolio may be viewed at www.jeanninecarson.com  Instagram JeannineCarsonClay or purchased at www.etsy.com/shop/JeannineCarsonClay

Website:  www.jeanninecarson.com
Instagram:  JeannineCarsonClay
Etsy: JeannineCarsonClay

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Heidi Sellack Golan

Teacher

Heidi has been working with clay since the age of fourteen. She began teaching pottery to children in 1991, while living in Israel. Her experience also includes working with autistic children, senior citizens and selling her work at local markets and fairs. Concurrently, Heidi, participated in continuing education in ceramics for seven years at Tel Hai College in northern Israel.

In 2005, Heidi returned to New York City, and came to Mugi Studio. She has been working as an Associate and teaching children's classes and presently adult classes as well. Her goal for her students is to help them learn the techniques to produce pots they can be proud of, while enjoying the process, regardless of the outcome.

Heidi has a B.A. in Educational Studies from Empire State (SUNY); an AAS degree in Graphics and Advertising from Parsons School of Design, and a Certificate in Art Therapy from the New School for Social Research.


Valerie McMorris

Teacher


From earliest childhood Valerie McMorris immersed herself in the world of Fine Arts and Performing Arts. Painting, Sculpting,  Production, Singing, Beading and Design were her favorite starting places as a child and have grown into a lifetime of expression.

Valerie enjoys working on the production side of theatre  as well as performance and fine arts. She incorporated and ran her own small Opera Company based in NYC during her early 20's. Valerie also worked in other creative capacities including window design in NYC, dabbling in fashion design and buying for a large Italian clothing company, as well as in jewelry design. 

Valerie is inspired to create and loves the medium of pottery. Valerie first arrived at Mugi Studio in 2008. She enjoys the play of clay; how it feels to throw, sculpt and manipulate pieces. Pottery offers Valerie a creative mental space that restores balance.

Valerie is inspired to bring other facets of her artistic ability to pottery and likes to experiment with color and design as well as  structure and form. She enjoys focusing on classical ceramic forms but leans towards modern expression in her own work.

As a teacher, Valerie focuses on inspiring others to explore their own creative ideas and encourages students to find their unique voice in the world of ceramics- utilizing form, textures, carving, hand building as well as wheel throwing and exploring multiple glaze processes. Valerie enjoys teaching pottery and teaches both throwing and hand building to children and adults at Mugi Pottery Studio. Valerie also teaches pottery at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior center.

Ms. McMorris's pottery has shown and sold at Mugi Pottery Studio in NYC, the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. and she sells at local NYC Markets/ fairs and from her own website: www.Clayfulpottery.shop

Website: www.Clayfulpottery.shop
Instagram:  Clayfulpottery


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Raquel Zenaida Muslin

Web Designer & Teacher

The Designer:
My background is in tech, sculpture, and psychology. I working on solving the design before it goes to market or redesigning based on user feedback and client issues. I'm a UX Designer because I like solving problems. I get frustrated with bad design in the digital and physical world and innately want to redesign it. Using UX strategies and methodologies I can deconstruct the project, research issues and trends, and create user centric designs with the clients goals in mind.

The Artist:
As an artist and human I have a drive for green materials and natural work. My glass work uses recycled glass to create organic forms that toy with your minds desire to touch what you know is dangerous. My ceramic work nods to my love of nature and my ethnic background and childhood.  While my jewelry fuses to two into unique pieces of art.  I'm an award winning exhibiting artist always looking to take on new endeavors and partnerships.


Website:  raquelmuslin.com
Instagram:  RZMDesign
Etsy: RZMDesign


Ivan Samuels

Teacher

Is a native New Yorker that creates functional wheel thrown vessels on the potter's wheel. He has taught adult wheel classes and facilitated clay workshops at Mugi for four years, and has been associated with the studio for fourteen. His approach in teaching is engaging functional projects for novice to intermediate levels. Intrigued by nature and creating vibrant earthy utilitarian vessels have inspired him to share the beauty and endless possibilities of clay with others.

His four years spent studying and honing his craft at the Mudflat Clay School In Boston, MA, has been a major influence on his journey as a potter, craftsmen, and instructor. This journey has presented the opportunity for Ivan to share his love for ceramics and exhibit his work in the northeast region. Ivan has been featured in galleries and craft events in New York City, Boston, MA, and Richmond Virginia.


Joshua Schlachet

Teacher


Josh found his passion for ceramics after years of traveling and collecting when he picked up a book by the Japanese gourmand and potter Kitaoji Rosanjin, who inspired him with the idea that to open up your kitchen and "show your true hospitality to your guests, everything on the table must be of your own hand." He joined Mugi Studio in 2011, and he tries to bring the rustic, earthy feel he found in Japanese pottery back to his home in New York.

Josh spent the past year in Tokyo and the historic pottery town of Mashiko, Japan throwing pots with the Waseda University Ceramics Club and training with British potter Steve Tootell. He joined the ceramics staff at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Summer 2016 and currently teaches Adult Classes and Introduction to the Potters Wheel at Mugi. When Josh is not on the wheel, you can find him and his work at the Grand Bazaar craft market and on Etsy at The Nourishing Kiln.