ARROWMONT CRAFT CONVERSATIONS is a video series that highlights artists in the Arrowmont community. Our partnership with Arrowmont faculty and community members has contributed to Arrowmont’s longevity, growth as a school of arts and crafts, and our reputation as an institution that welcomes everyone. The artists who appear in this series exemplify the characteristics that represent the School — they span generations and are among the most experienced, capable, and innovative in the arts and crafts world.

Each of the artists in this series offers insights into their work and their reflections on being a part of the Arrowmont community. Visit

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Arrowmont presents a series of virtual Instructor Roundtable discussions featuring Arrowmont instructors who represent diverse media and backgrounds – but who share a similar theme in their art.

Special thanks to instructor Heinrich Toh who helped conceive and shape this new conversation series.

March 19, 2021 – Instructor Roundtable: CRAFT + SPIRIT

Craft is often grounded in functionality, utility, and tradition. But some artists use craft to reveal something mystical and otherworldly. In this Instructor Roundtable discussion, three 2021 instructors join in a conversation about Spirit and craft. You are invited to join! 

March 19, 2021
12:00 – 1:15 pm EST
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Rachel K. Garceau, ceramicist and installation artist
Maria Sarmiento, sculptor
Dietlind Vander Schaaf, encaustic painter





Rachel K. Garceau is a studio artist living and working in Atlanta, Georgia who was recognized as a 2015 Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She has been a resident artist at Arrowmont, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and at the Vendsyssel Kuntsmuseum in Denmark. Garceau utilizes large slip-cast porcelain forms to construct site-specific installations.

Maria Sarmiento / 2021 Workshop: SCULPTING WITH PAL TIYA: A GAME CHANGER, May 30 – June 4

Maria currently lives in Atlanta, GA and teaches art workshops. Her sculptural art includes different methods such as cast metals, cement, Paltiya, steel, paper, and recycled materials. Maria received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia. Her past teaching assignments include Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Metro Academic Studies, and Sarmiento Studio LLC.

Dietlind Vander Schaaf / ENCAUSTIC: LAYERS, TRANSLUCENCY, AND SEE THROUGHS, November 14 – 19, 2021

Dietlind Vander Schaaf lives in Portland, Maine and is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and the former president of New England Wax. She holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. She has exhibited nationally and been featured in Maine Home Design, Décor Maine, and Downeast magazines. Vander Schaaf has taught at Haystack, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Penland School of Craft, New Hampshire Institute of Art, The Encaustic Center, R&F, Maine College of Art, and internationally at Zijdelings in The Netherlands.


2021 Instructor Roundtable: NEW YEAR, NEW CRAFT, featuring Chris Hoehle, Amy Putansu, and Amy Taylor.

December 2020 Instructor Roundtable: LOST & FOUND, featuring Nick DeFord, Julia Gartrell, and Billy Renkl. Moderated by printmaker, Heinrich Toh.

November 2020 Instructor Roundtable: ART+TECHNOLOGY, featuring Jovencio de la Paz, Stephanie Lanter, and Tom Lucas. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

October 2020 Instructor Roundtable: ART OUTSIDE, featuring Anne K. Beyer, Mark Hendry, Anna Johnson, and Kenya Miles. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

Arrowmont Staff Roundtable Discussion: COLLECTIONS, featuring Kelsey Dillow (Gallery Manager/Photographer), Bill Griffith (Outreach & Partnerships Liaison/Potter), Gracie Herbert (Supply Store Manager/Ceramics, Fibers & mixed-media artist), moderated by Deborah Sosower (Marketing & Communications Manager/Printmaker)

September 2020 Instructor Roundtable: SUSTAINABILITY, featuring Jim Arendt, Peter Dellert, Ashton Ludden, and Sonya Philip. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

Arrowmont Staff Roundtable Discussion: ARTISTS <=> ARTS ADMINISTRATORS, featuring Rebecca Buglio (Program & Studio Manager/Ceramics), Nick DeFord (Program Director/Fibers), Kelly Hider (Youth Education Program Manager/2D, collage & mixed media), moderated by Deborah Sosower (Marketing & Communications Manager/Printmaker)

August 2020 Instructor Roundtable: STORYTELLING – Bonus footage: Q&A Round Robin featuring Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Moderated by marketing & communications manager Deborah Sosower.

August 2020 Instructor Roundtable: STORYTELLING, featuring Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

July 2020 Instructor Roundtable: IDENTITY, featuring Tanya Crane, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Leslie Pearson and Heinrich Toh. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.


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Arrowmont Craft Conversation: Kenya Miles, fiber artist and natural dyerArrowmont Craft Conversations: Rachael McCampbell, painter

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: David Ellsworth, Master Woodturner

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Gasali Adeyemo, Natural Dye and Fibers artist

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Ceramics artist

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Mark Errol – ceramics artist, educator and gallery owner

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Green Woodworking with Andy McFate and Heather Ashworth

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: John Cogswell, Silversmith

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Erin Anfinson, Encaustic, collage and animation artist

Bill Griffith – Ceramic Artist, 30-year Arrowmont Staff

Arrowmont Craft Conversations – 2 Minute Video Series Introduction


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