About Radius

Radius Art Studio and Radius Annex are community spaces offering creative workshops, maker spaces, private work studios, a gallery and a retail shop! Radius is open to anyone serious (or just curious) about art. Working to accommodate both the beginning and experienced artist, we offer professional facilities and instruction in a supportive environment.

Founded in 2002 by Kim McKenna and Mark Brandau, Radius Art Studio began with a few after-school drawing workshops in a small apartment. Over the years, the studio grew as it changed locations and expanded its offerings. In 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. Currently, Radius Studio and Radius Annex serve as production spaces for 100+ members and is the home of many practicing artists whose media include painting, ceramics, fashion design, sculpture, leatherwork, fibers, illustration, printmaking and more.

In May 2019, Radius Annex was opened on E. Burnside. The Annex is a creative co-working space with artist studios, a gallery and a retail shop filled with amazing local artists!

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 is the owner/ operator of Radius.
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. She was head instructor and manager at a studio in her hometown of Houston, TX and the current manager at Radius. 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.
Alyssa 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.
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 a decade. 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 Wednesday and Thursday evening throwing classes at Radius, where you can also find her making her own work.
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.
Taylor Boyd
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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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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Lela Blyler
Glaze Technician
Lela was born and raised in a tiny resort town in Sourthern California, Big Bear, but spent a few years in Arcata, California, attending Humboldt State University. She studied both ceramics and art history, and graduated in 2017. She and her partner Nick, just moved to the Portland area at the end of January, and most of her time is spent exploring the city, hanging out with her cats, Lucie and Eva, drinking copious amounts of coffee, baking bread and making pots!
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.
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.
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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