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About Radius

Radius Studio is a community space offering workshops, facilities, and services for anyone serious (or curious) about art. Working to accommodate both the beginning and experienced artist, we offer professional facilities and instruction of several art disciplines in a supportive and creative environment.

Founded in 2002 by Kim McKenna and Mark Brandau (two practicing artists and art-educators), Radius Studio began with a few after-school drawing workshops in a small apartment. Seeking to create a more dynamic art space for the community at large, the studio expanded into a warehouse/creative space in the rapidly developing inner-SE of Portland in the summer of 2003. With the extra space, a modest ceramics studio and printing press were added along with additional curriculum in super 8 filmmaking, oil painting, and figure drawing. By late 2003, however, the warehouse was slated for redevelopment and after only 6 months Radius Studio was forced to find a new home.

In February 2004, Radius Studio re-opened in its second location (formerly a rambling warehouse filled with bird-feeders & doorstops in the thriving Division/Clinton neighborhood). The studio was able to thrive in that space for three and a half years, expanding its workshop offerings and serving as a production space for 16 members (ceramicists, painters, and printmakers). In the spring of 2007, the owner sold the building to a development company and Radius was forced to find yet another home.

In the summer of 2007, the studio secured a long term lease in its original neighborhood of inner-SE Portland. With this new space, Radius essentially doubled in size. This allowed us to add private studios to our roster of offerings and we built 10 spaces into the existing floor plan of the (two story) building. Since that moment, the studio has been working to become a comprehensive resource for artists of all levels – a community space where artists can create, learn, and grow in a variety of media.

In the summer of 2014, Korin Schneider took over management of the studio, as Mark and Kim stepped back to raise their family and focus on other work projects. Korin gave Radius a fresh coat of paint and added some new equipment and learning opportunities to the studio agenda. Currently, Radius Studio serves as production space for 50+ members and is the home of many practicing artists whose media include painting, ceramics, fashion design, sculpture, leatherwork, fibers, illustration, printmaking and more.

Korin Schneider
Studio Manager & Art Educator
Korin Schneider is a working artist and an art educator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2007 with a BFA in ceramics. During her time at UWM, Korin received several awards and grants including the Mary L. Nohl travel fellowship. She also spent a month abroad studying art and culture in South America. Although her focus was clay, Korin also worked with various types of printmaking techniques. Her BFA show reflected her efforts to combine aspects of both printmaking and clay. Her work can be found in shops around the Northwest, including Crafty Wonderland, Tender Loving Empire, Amelia, Queen Bee and Sea Grape Soap. Currently, Korin is living and working in Portland, Oregon where she runs Radius Community Art Studios.
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Jessica Faulk
Art Educator
For over a decade Jessica Faulk has made ceramics her full time passion. She’s pursued the study of ceramics at Alberta College of Art & Design, Penland School of Craft, and assisted in countless workshops across the country. For the past ten years she worked full time as the head instructor and studio manager at Potters Place, near Houston, TX. Jessica makes functional ceramic forms with an emphasis on several surface techniques. The surfaces of her pieces are highly embellished, but compliment the form and function of the work.
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Alyssa Black Black
Art Educator
Alyssa Black is best known for her intricate wheel-thrown and altered porcelain forms, through which she explores the theme of transcendence. She states, “My art serves as a personal and collective guide to freedom, serenity, and joy. I push the limits of the medium and process to create objects that evoke a sense of wonder and delight.” In addition to her private studio practice, she leads community ceramics workshops. She is also a published author and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly. She has been at Radius since 2011.
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Alex Simon
Art Educator
Alex Simon is an East Coaster, who moved to Portland to peruse a career in ceramics after graduating with an art degree from Bennington College. She has been throwing, slip casting, and mold making for small businesses for nearly 6 years. In her personal work, she tries for bring playful elegance to otherwise kitschy items, giving them a new purpose in modern lives. She currently teaches Saturday throwing classes at Radius, where you can also find her making her own work.
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Jackie Manson
Lab Tech
Jackie graduated Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Art History and German Studies (ask her why Internet memes are important to the art world!). A true PNW-er, Jackie spends her free time outside the ceramics studio hiking, biking, and generally enjoying the big outdoors. Her surface decoration is inspired by her lifetime love of nature and drawing.
Jolyn Fry
Art Educator
Jolyn Fry graduated from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1996. She has exhibited her continually evolving body of work in many group and solo shows. Her work depicts literal physical landscapes and abstractions of a more personal nature. Jolyn currently paints and leads artist workshops at Radius Studios in Southeast Portland.
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Taylor Boyd
Intern
Taylor Boyd is a fine arts student at the University of Cincinnati, college of Design, Architecture, Art ,and Planing, in Cincinnati, OH. Studying ceramics and printmaking, Boyd explores themes of identity and insecurity to create community and discussion.
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Carly Larsson
Art Educator
Carly is an illustrator and multidisciplinary artist with a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. She currently resides in North Portland.
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Theresa Somrak
Lab Tech
Theresa, originally from Alaska and Minnesota, has felt lucky to call Oregon home for the past 12 years. When she's not at work in a brewery, you might find her riding her bike, eating a burrito, or making herself a nightcap. She loves movement arts and hand building with clay (not at the same time... usually), especially enjoying ceramic's capacity for texture and surface design. Theresa believes art is an important therapy for everyone, no matter skill level or product, and is excited to be a part of such an inspiring community as Radius.
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Rowan Maher
Studio Monitor
Rowan is a recent graduate from Oberlin College, where she studied Environmental Studies and Politics. Rowan discovered her love of ceramics while at Oberlin through her involvement in the Oberlin Pottery Co-op, and has been passionate about ceramics ever since ! She moved to Portland after graduating, and works as a legal assistant at a local public defender’s office. She hopes to someday pursue a career in law, and who knows...maybe retire early and do pottery full time! In her free time, Rowan enjoys running (when it’s nice out), reading, and looking at pictures of cute dogs on Instagram.
Jenny Flax
Kiln Manager
Jenny was born and raised in Washington, DC (yes, IN the city) and has been in Portland for almost 5 years. She majored in College of Letters at Wesleyan University and is currently finishing med school prerequisites at PSU. When she’s not losing her mind studying for the MCAT, she’s at the studio working on planters, in the woods hunting mushrooms, or making macrame while listening to a podcast.
Claire Baldwin
Studio Technician
Claire Luce Baldwin moved to Portland last summer, after two years of working with the park service. When she's not doing communications and development as an intern with Rose Haven, or taking graphic design classes at PNCA, she's writing and illustrating. One of her current projects is an illustrated YA novel retelling Thumbelina. See more of her work...
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Maya Vivas
Visual Artist
Maya Vivas is a ceramic/performance artist. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries throughout Portland, Los Angeles and New Zealand, including venues in association with The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. In addition to serving on the board of the Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum, Vivas is the Co-Owner of Ori Gallery. Whose mission is to redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts. For more information about Ori Gallery, visit https://www.OriArtGallery.com.
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Ron Bunch
Visual Artist
Ron Bunch is a collage and landscape artist and is full-time radius member. His work is strongly influenced by the Oregon landscape and often references natural forms and the interplay of land, sky, water, wind and time. His collage work is unique and is composed of pre-painted tissue and rice papers that are layered and affixed to board or canvas with acrylic medium. He has an affinity for patterns and also creates wearable fabric designs on silks. Other than a background in landscape architecture, urban planning and design he is self-taught. Ron occasionally exhibits in Portland, Oregon and the larger region.
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