Art Instructor Bio’s
Judith Frederick is a computer programmer/systems analyst by profession and an artist by choice. In 1998, she began working with clay first as a personal hobby and later got more formal training, and became more proficient on the wheel. Her work progressed towards more functional utilitarian forms and high fire glazed in both oxidation and reduction. Judith Frederick says, "Making a pot requires that I listen to and feel the material, my thoughts and my feelings. I let the clay speak to me." She enjoys using unique glazes to creating fancy decorative vessels as well as functional ware with creative handles. Judith Frederick enjoys experimenting with various glazes on different bodies of clays. In the future, she is looking forward to participating in Raku firing.
A 2004 M.F.A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Jill Greenberg enters her third year on the adjunct faculty at CCBC. She brings to her darkroom and studio lighting classes twelve years of experience as a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as over 20 years of practice in fine art photography. Ms. Greenberg received Individual Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the City of Baltimore in 2005 and 2006, respectively, for her mixed media and installation work. For over 20 years, she has shown her work in a wide variety of media in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Midwest. Of her teaching at CCBC, Ms. Greenberg remarks: “I enjoy watching students gain control of the instruments and techniques of shooting and darkroom work that ultimately serve to develop their unique expressive vision.”
Mary Hansen has been working for CCBC for 5 years as Horticulture Manager in charge of the Horticulture and Floral Design Programs. She has been teaching Floral Design classes for Con-Ed since spring of 2005. She received a Certificate Degree in Greenhouse Management, and in Floral Design from CCBC. Mary works part-time as a floral designer at Michael’s Arts & Crafts, in White Marsh, primarily doing wedding designs.
Mary says she enjoys teaching people flower arranging because she likes to watch their progress and share in their joy when they’ve finished a design.
James Lewis has been teaching photography classes for the Community College of Baltimore County for the past year. James says he has always been fascinated with picture taking. There is nothing that he enjoys doing more. He says teaching makes him a better photographer. The act of explaining, demonstrating and analyzing causes him to resurrect detailed knowledge of processes that he may have taken for granted in this day of automatic cameras.
Jennifer Littleton is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the owner and instructor of the Littleton School of Art which she established in 1994. Ms. Littleton has taught for Towson University, and currently instructs drawing, painting, and sculpture classes for CCBC, as well as drawing and sculpture at Kreiger Schecter Day School. Her works have been on display in numerous exhibitions with the Laural Art Guild and Patuxent Art League at Montpelier Cultural Art Center, as well as being featured in group shows at Columbia Art Center, the Charcoal Club, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
John Pearson is a native Baltimorian who was educated here and at the University of Heildeberg, Germany in Art History. He has been an appraiser of art & antiques for 30 years. His work is accepted by museums in the east coast, as well insurance companies, law firms, courts, governments, and private institutions. John has taught art history and appraising for 6 years at various community colleges.
Penny Potter graduated from the Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting with a Masters of Fine Arts. Penny has been teaching bead weaving classes for the Baltimore Community College for 2 years. She regards beads as the perfect medium, in addition to being objects of historical significance and beauty; they also draw attention to light and celebrate color, form and texture. Penny’s jewelry exhibitions include Uncommon Beauty: Common Objects, African American Craft National, and the Mid-Atlantic Craft Exhibition. In addition her jewelry has been sold at the American Craft Museum in New York City, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Tomlinson Craft Collection in Baltimore.
Maria Rhee is a graduate of the Women Teachers' College of Seoul, Korea. She has been teaching for the Baltimore County school system for several years. In 1991, Maria received the Outstanding Educator Award for Baltimore County Public Schools. Maria says “I enjoy teaching because it is an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with my students.”
Lauren Small has been teaching fiction writing workshops in the Baltimore area for over five years. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature and have studied fiction writing at the University of Iowa and at the John Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in prominent literary magazines, including Partisan Review and StoryQuarterly. She has also read from her novels in New York, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She teaches writing workshops because she believes “writers are the best people in the world, and there is nothing more exciting or satisfying than joining them on their journeys their writing takes them.”
Betty J. Stadler is a certified knitting instructor by the Craft Yarn Council of America. She has been teaching for CCBC for 5 years and has been knitting for over 30 years. She also attends Knitting Conventions to constantly update her skills.
Nan Thompson is an Interior Decorator by profession; but has a vast number of distinctly different creative interests. Including photography, Haiku (Japanese poetry), and papermaking, just to name a few. Nan’s love of all things Asian inspired her to start papermaking about 10 years ago and since then she has taught students of all ages. Nan says she loves to see the amazement of her students as their oatmeal-like pulp turns into decorative, personal, and useful sheets of paper and beautiful pieces of art.
Janet Waters Bailey grew up in Baltimore. She has worked with Baltimore Clayworks as the Director of Community Art Programs and taught children and adults all over the Baltimore area. In addition to teaching, Janet has exhibited her work at regional museums, galleries and outdoor art festivals. She enjoys teaching because it helps her stays centered. The process of deciding how to explain new ideas to students helps her remember the “basics” in her own work.