Theresa Caulkins – Stained Glass & Drawing
Theresa stumbled upon Stained Glass by pure accidental whim as an undergrad at Franklin Pierce University and it completely altered the course of her degree. Ever a sucker for light, color, meticulous detail, and balance, Theresa was easily led into the underbelly of Tiffany-style Stained Glass as what has since become her primary medium of choice. If you’re looking for a cross between a personal challenge to upend with every new endeavor and a relaxing, fun hobby, Theresa is happy to teach you the tools of the trade. Since 2014/5 she has also taught the Intro to Drawing class. Visit her website.
Keith Martin – Pottery
Keith is an art teacher at Goffstown High School, Bowling coach (2017 State Champions), and is pursuing his MFA in Ceramics at the NHIA. See the “Artists in Residence” page for more information.
Kaitlin Eramo – Pottery & Studio Assistant
Kaitlin is a magna cum laude graduate of NHIA, with a BFA in Ceramics. She loves both dogs & cats, & enjoys food & good company. From Worcester, MA, Kaitlin fell in love with pottery in high school. She loves a good adventure, travels extensively through China & England for ceramic workshops, & spent 14 days participating in a wood kiln intensive. She also loves glaze chemistry & wood fired platters.
Liz Johnson – Pottery
Liz is a potter from Manchester NH where she received her BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2012. She has traveled to Japan studying abroad with various teachers and artist from around the world at the 2011 Tokyo ISCAEE symposium. She has extensive experience as a production potter at several different studios.
Heather Horton – Pottery
Heather has been throwing on the pottery wheel since 2013. She took her first class at Studio 550 and, with her background as a machinist and massage therapist, she simply excelled at it. Heather is a professional massage therapist practicing in Manchester, NH. She loves hooping, her cats, knitting, container gardening, and spending time with family, and she is really good at all of those things!
Emma Bivona – Kids Art Classes
Emma has been slinging mud on the side for 10 years. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in history she moved to Manchester for a change in scenery and a shorter commute to the UNH Manchester campus, where she is pursuing a Masters degree in Education.
Before moving to New Hampshire Emma worked for 5 years at an outdoors summer camp in Rhode Island. She started out as an activities and crafts counselor and then moved up to head of the leadership program. Emma plans on becoming a high school social studies teacher and running a clay camp for kids in the summers. When she is not in the studio you can find Emma behind the bar of a local A&E coffee shop or tending to her vast collection of succulents and houseplants.
Jason Bagatta – Acrylic Painting
See the “Artists in Residence” page for more information.
Claudia Michael – Watercolor Painting
Claudia Michael has been teaching watercolor for over 20 years. She is a graduate faculty member of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a senior lecturer with Granite State College and a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. Claudia’s paintings have been exhibited widely in New England and have won numerous awards. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections. Learn more on her website.
Monica Leap – Pottery, Kids Classes, Book Arts
Monica originally pursued a degree in Art Education, but changed to Ceramic Arts early on. The thought was that she would find her teaching style with practice, and she should become proficient in a medium so she has something to teach. She started teaching when she was a teenager and continued teaching at summer camps and various enrichment programs through the end of college. More recently has taught clay to adults and kids, as well as drawing and book arts, at Studio 550 since it opened in 2013. She has provided art enrichment classes to Derry Village School and the Southern NH Montessori Academy in Londonderry for the past two years. Please see the “Staff” page or visit her website for more info.