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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.

Who We Are

  • 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. Currently, Korin is living and working in Portland, Oregon where she runs Radius Community Art Studios. Visit her etsy shop at bangbangcrafts.etsy.com or find her work in shops around the Northwest including Crafty Wonderland, Tender Loving Empire, Amelia, Menagerie, Altar, and Schmancy Toys.

    Website: http://bangbangcrafts.com

  • 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. The following written by a Radius student about Jolyn: "This message (kind of a "Yelp review" I guess), is for anyone in PDX who is interested in oil painting or acrylic painting from a very beginning student to an advanced painter or somewhere in between... I highly recommend taking studio classes or seminar time at Radius with Jolyn Fry. She is a wonderful artist and teacher, she establishes a legit space to learn and create, it is relaxing, non-competitive, yet as serious as you wanna make it and take it. Jolyn is very kind and does what she can to help you succeed. (Plus she has bad ass east coast grit realness left in her, so don't be fooled) Because she is a long time established painter herself, she can talk the very basics to the most advanced art banter and seems to intuit what her students need, from basic tutorials on theory and advice to just a little hello check in that breaks you when maybe you as a student are overdoing it, haha. LOVE her classes!" -JR Jolyn currently paints and leads artist workshops at Radius Studios in Southeast Portland.

    Website: https://www.jolynfry.com/

  • 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.

    Website: http://alyssablack.com

  • 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.

    Website: http://www.makegoodchoicesshop.com/

  • 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.

    Website: http://jessicafaulkceramics.com

  • Laura Kirby (Lab Technician)

    Laura Kirby is new to Portland and is also the newest addition to our lab tech team. She has been interested in making art all her life, and started wheel throwing in 2009. She is excited to be here and to get back on the wheel again!

    Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LauraKirbyCeramics

  • Carly Larsson (Lab Technician)

    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.

    Website: http://www.carlylarsson.com

  • Theresa Somrak (Lab technician)

    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.

    Website: https://www.instagram.com/tksomrak/

  • Rosemary Sokolov (Lab Technician)

    A Boston transplant who can't get enough of the Oregon damp, Rosie is a full time carpenter and part time potter (and kinda musician, woodworker, owner of two goofy rabbits, fiber artist, indecisive general crafter, etc.) She graduated from Reed in 2016 with a BA in anthropology, spending most of her non-anthropology time learning to throw in an open studio. She makes minimalist ceramics that showcase the bare clay body, often playing with merging hand built, cast, and wheel thrown forms.

    Website: https://rosiesokolov.wixsite.com/slumpceramics

  • Jackie Manson (Lab Technician )

    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.
  • 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.

    Website: https://mayavivas.com

  • 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.

    Website: http://Instagram.com/rbartbunch

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