Our Mission

Inspire and build a creative community through the promotion, appreciation and teaching of craft.

The Worcester Center for Crafts is a nonprofit, community-based arts organization committed to:

  • Providing quality craft education
  • Assisting artists/artisans to gain visibility and marketplace prominence
  • Supporting entrepreneurship in the arts
  • Promoting an appreciation for fine craft and the handmade object

Current Artists-in-Residence (2022-2023)

Margaret Larson

Margaret Larson joins us from the Seagrove area of North Carolina, where she has been working as a studio potter and intern, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019, from Guilford College, with an emphasis on ceramics.

Margaret states of her pottery: “My pots are how I indulge my need to create, while producing somebody’s favorite mug, dish, or jar. I explore themes of nature, play, whimsy, and movement by decorating meticulously thrown functional pots, either with imagery or non-representational compositions. I throw all my attention into my forms and decoration as a way to ground myself or escape reality. Every aspect of the ceramic process lets me process emotions and experiences, and each unique surface and pot I create feels like a little love note or journal entry – to myself or others. I can imbue all my care, love, and emotion into an individual piece, and the accessibility and daily interactivity of pottery allows me to share that with friends or strangers. My favorite moments are in the studio decorating, and making myself or others laugh with an idea…”

Margaret will first be working as a Teaching Assistant in support of our Wheel I classes and teaching workshops, and will lead her own classes in the new year.

Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez

Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez is a recent graduate of UMass Dartmouth where she received her second MFA degree in ceramics, with an emphasis on sculpture.

Elizabeth states in her artist statement: “In my artwork, I investigate physical and emotional trauma and the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth by incorporating universal dichotomous themes such as life and loss; growth and destruction; beauty and darkness. My visual vocabulary is informed by observations of the natural world, including flora, and human anatomy. These images are integrated into my large-scale ceramic, hand-built, highly textural, biomorphic sculptures, with focal points of meticulous detail, which are hybridized forms of botanical and anatomical elements, invoking transformative and transcendent growth…”

Elizabeth will be teaching the Friday Night Hand Building class, starting in September 2022.

Bianca Turner

Bianca Turner recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford. She specializes in ceramic sculpture and recently defended her thesis through at the exhibition Hands On! At the Silpe Gallery, Hartford.

Bianca says of her work: “Bianca Turner is passionate about art and color. The use of colors allows her freedom of expression. Given her background, both of her parents are immigrants from Jamaica who came to the United States for better opportunities and higher ambition. This has meant Bianca becoming an artist. Overall, the passion for art and the desire to create started at an early age, but ceramics is something she has focused on for 5 years. Bianca feels this is a great medium for expressing feelings without having to verbalize them. Having an opportunity to work in clay and being able to visually connect her vision with others is essential to Bianca. Clay allows her total freedom to create.”

Bianca will first be working as a Teaching Assistant in support of our Hand Building classes and teaching workshops, and will lead her own classes in the new year.

Artists-in-Residence Videos

Artist-in-Residence Alumni

Benton WebbCeramics2020-2021
Hailey AngioneCeramics & Metals2020-2021
Sarah MontrondGlass2020
Sarah BartolottaCeramics2019-2021
Riley StrongCeramics2019-2021
Cali AlmyCeramics2019-2021
Nikki TsamisGlass2019-2020
Shane DoreyGlass2019-2020
Noam FishermanCeramics2019-2020
Moss CollinsGlass2018-2020
Lindsy MarshallGlass2018-2020
Michelle GreyCeramics2018-2019
Kim GardnerCeramics2018-2019
Abby NohaiCeramics2018-2019
Molly RoderickGlass2018-2019
Michelle GreyCeramics2018-2019
Phoebe ScottCeramics2018-2019
Angie McHaleGlass2017-2019
Faith ConnorCeramics2017-2019
Paige WardCeramics2017-2018
McKayla CarvilleGlass2016-2018
Ian PetrieCeramics2016-2018
Jon GlabusCeramics2016-2018
Amanda NardoneGlass2016-2018
Josh PrimmerCeramics2016-2017
Alia PialtosCeramics2015-2017
Jessica LiptonCeramics2015-2017
Hanna BrownGlass2015-2017
Joe WebsterGlass2015-2016
Jessie SullivanCeramics2015-2016
Desiree PettyCeramics2015-2016
Sarah MargolinGlass2015-2016
Tessera HayesGlass2015-2016
J. Shannon FloydGlass2015-2016
Dana PomerantzGlass2014-2016
Emery WengerGlass2013-2015
Steve BelzCeramics2013-2015
Emilee WootenCeramics2013-2015
Stephanie ChubbuckGlass2013-2014
Dan BattatGlass2013-2014
Ariana KolinsCeramics2013-2014
Dan RoeCeramics2012-2014
Lauren YoungCeramics2012-2013
Tomo Sakai-CruzeGlass2011-2013
David ChoiMetals2011-2013
Caitlin VitaloGlass2011-2012
Peter BarborCeramics2011-2012
Rose Esson DawsonCeramics2011-2012
Rachel Van WagonerCeramics2011-2012
Ian GianlorenzoGlass2011 - 2013
Diane Chester-DemiccoGlass2010-2012
Eric CruzeGlass2010-2012
Keunae SongGlass2010-2011
Rui SasakiGlass2010-2011
Kate LewisCeramics2007-2009
Matt EamesCeramics2007-2008
Roberta MassuchCeramics2006-2007
Sarah Fine-WilsonCeramics2005-2006
Holly FischerCeramics2005-2006
Joseph FastaiaCeramics2004-2005
John HasegawaCeramics2004-2005
Hiroe HanazonoCeramics2004-2005
Andrea MarquisCeramics Studio Tech2003-2005
Kevin SnipesCeramics2003-2004
Jill BurnsCeramics2001-2002
Kristen KiefferCeramics2001-2002
Katie QueenCeramics2000-2001
Gregg MooreCeramics1999-2000
Robbie LobellCeramics1995-1997
Julie CrosbyCeramics1995-1996
Susan PetersonCeramics1994-1995
Ginny GillenCeramics1991-1992
Birdie BooneCeramics Studio Tech-
Liz LurieCeramics Studio Tech-

Artists in Residence Program

Open to aspiring artists in clay, glass, and metals (and those who might work across more than one medium), the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Artists in Residence Program is designed to support the growth of pre-professional artists. Residents are chosen through a competitive process and are with the Center for 1 to 2 years.