Summer Program Instructors 2016

Amy Coon

A recent graduate of Houghton College with a BFA in Studio Art, Amy Coon has returned to her hometown of Saratoga Springs to pursue her love of ceramics at SCAC. While Amy loves working in a variety of media ranging from printmaking to animation, she finds throwing on the wheel to be a therapeutic and enjoyable experience. While she isn't sure where she is going in life, Amy has accomplished many things including meeting Neil Patrick Harris and breaking the world record for the largest game of Simon Says.


Dawn wasn’t introduced to art and ceramics until late in high school but knew immediately that it was what she wanted to do. She received her BFA from Alfred University in 2003.  At Alfred she used her first handmade bowl and has been using and making pots ever since.  They have become a part of her daily life, enriching even the most familiar of daily routines. She has been pursuing her career as a studio potter.  In 2014 she was one of Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artists.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States. She is currently living and working in Mechanicville.

Karen Elem

After retiring from a 37 year career teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting at
Saratoga Springs High School, Karen Elem is now a resident studio artist at the Saratoga
Clay Arts Center. She loves the flexibility of the clay medium and thinks of her pots as
three dimensional canvases on which she can incorporate her drawing and painting skills. Karen's great appreciation of nature serves as inspiration for much of her work. Classic
pottery forms intermingle with the shapes, colors, textures and patterns found in plant
and animal life.

Jean Fei

Clay artist Jean Fei has worked in the Saratoga area since taking her first pottery class in 1968.  Specializing mostly in trying to make the perfect bowl, she has taught hand throwing and hand building techniques for many years.  She enjoys working with youth, having once been one herself.

Saffren Grieco

Saffren got her first introduction to ceramic art at Skidmore College when she was 13, and fell in love with it immediately. Since then, she has worked at multiple studios and has cultivated a well-rounded knowledge base with which to develop her own art and style. When not working with clay, Saffren attends classes in pursuit of a music ed degree.

Jill Kovachick

Jill's lifelong passion for ceramics started in 1970, at the age of 11, when she attended summer camp at Buck's Rock Camp in New Milford, Connecticut. She returned there each summer through college expanding her knowlege and techniques with clay.  She climbed the ladder from camper to C.I.T. to Counselor in the ceramics studio. Jill graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Art Education and continued her studies at Vermont College where she received her M.F.A.  After teaching ceramics at Skidmore, in the Community Education program, for more than seventeen years, Jill founded the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in July 2011.  Her passion continues and is the driving force behind the Kids&Clay programs at the center. She wants to provide an opportunity for local children to experience working with clay and perhaps, develop their own passion.

Allora McCullough

Allora McCullough received her MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2015 and her BBA in Economics and Finance from McKendree University in 2010. She was recently included in exhibits at Baltimore Clayworks and Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Allora is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the center.