The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2017 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections.

This year the jury was comprised of Kim Dickey, Professor University of Colorado-Boulder, Tony Marsh, Professor- California State University- Long Beach, and Jane Shellenbarger, Assistant Professor-Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Six selected Artists:


Jessica Brandl

Jessica Brandl is a ceramics artist born in Austin Texas. She was raised amidst motorcycle culture with its love of the open road and rides without destination.  While a senior in high school both of her parents were killed while on an out of state motorcycle trip. Through the generous support of her hometown in Seward Nebraska and organized fundraising events put on by many local motorcycle clubs, Jessica was able to attend The Kansas City Art Institute in the fall of 2002.  Jessica holds an MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute.

Her most recent work investigates the vessel as canvas and sculptural diorama.

Jessica resides in Philadelphia PA, where she is the Artist-In-Residence for Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

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Rachel Eng

Rachel Eng grew up exploring the deciduous forests around Rochester, NY and her fascination with the natural world continues today.  Drawing upon the ephemeral and immortal qualities of clay, her work considers aspects of the controlled and unpredictable in relation to our changing environment.  Her work often employs repetitive patterns and the use of multiple elements to create complex visual and textural experiences. “I have yet to completely understand where my predilection for the repetitive stems from, but it is always present in my work. The process of making many small parts has become meditative, the way to work through unattainable knowledge or obsessive memories.” Eng received her B.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Christina Erives

Christina Erives was born in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. She Received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Studio Art from California State University of Northridge and her Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a Resident at Red Star/ Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City. Erives’ work stems from her memories of growing up as one of twelve children in Los Angeles, California. Through the use of various objects, Erives constructs information rich installations that speak of her experiences as a Mexican-American.





Brooks Oliver

Brooks Oliver currently is a studio artist based out of Dallas, Texas. H
recently completed a two-year, long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He has taught at West Virginia University, Penn State University, and the Archie Bray Foundation and served as a studio technician at multiple public and private studios.  He received a MFA in Studio Art at Penn State University in 2014 and a BFA from Southern Methodist University in 2010, and completed his post baccalaureate studies at Syracuse University in 2012.

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Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is native of Greenville, SC.  She received both her MFA and BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015 and 2010 respectively.  She has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Le Cite International des Arts in Paris. This summer she will be participating in the Parcours Ceramique Carougeois Biennial in Geneva, Switzerland.  Currently she is a Lecturer of Ceramics at University of Washington-Seattle.

Instagram is @katerobertsceramics







Judd Schiffman

Judd Schiffman received his MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is adjunct professor of ceramics and department technician at Providence College in Rhode Island. Judd remakes personal mementos and family heirlooms into sculpture, provoking questions about identity, physical objects and the experiences that comprise an individual life.