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The Team

Korin Schneider

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Studio Owner & Operator

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. 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.

Jess Faulk

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Studio Manager & Art Educator

For nearly 15 years Jess Faulk has made ceramics their full time passion. Pursued the study of ceramics at Alberta College of Art & Design, Penland School of Craft, and assisted in countless workshops across the country. Jess makes functional ceramic forms with an emphasis surface techniques. The surfaces of her pieces are highly embellished, but compliment the form and function of the work.

Jolyn Fry

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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.

Alex Simon

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Art Educator

Alex Simon is an East Coaster, who moved to Portland to pursue 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 evening throwing classes at Radius, where you can also find her making her own work.

Alyssa Black

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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.

Sam Newman

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Art Educator

Hi! My name is Sam Newman and I’m a clay enthusiast who loves the journey and community of clay. As a craftsman, I revel in the act of making. Learning how to control clay leads to discovery which unfolds a narrative of creativity. I draw inspiration from this narrative of making. Learning how to capture the softness of clay, how to harness atmosphere to mark my ceramic wares, and the experience of using a well made functional object feeds my creative journey. If a photograph captures a memory. A Suay Original captures the experience of creativity.

Lela Blyler

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Glaze Technician

Lela was born and raised in a tiny resort town in Southern 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!

Chad Stephens

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Handyperson

I’m a mild mannered midwesterner who’s been living in Portland for the past 7 years. Art rules my life. The weirder, more estranged the better. I’ve been part of the radius staff for 6 years as a lab tech/odd jobs person. I mostly hand build my work and am always trying to push the limits with size, textures and make my sculptures be as interactive and provoking as possible. I live in North Portland With Korin and her partner Nat and the fur babies Toby and Moon.

Laurel Diciuccio

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Studio Assistant

My partner and I are from the Carolinas originally and moved to Portland in January of 2020. I found clay almost six years ago but I still feel like there is so much to learn and explore. My creative practice is all about the process and less about the final result. Right now I’m working on finding a happy medium between creating what feels right and creating product that sells.

Victoria Xiao

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Studio Assistant

Hi! I’m a ceramic artist from the Bay Area and an art history major at Reed College. I am currently exploring cuteness and ornamentation as forms of resiliency. I am inspired by fruits, nostalgia, and objects from my childhood to make ceramics that inspire conviviality and connection. I love throwing with porcelain, baking banana bread, and hanging out with my cat Donna. When I’m not at home rewatching Gilmore Girls, you can find me in the studio and at the Annex where I will always be down for a chat!

Kiki Sieger

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Studio Assistant

I am an artist with a background in jewelry making and metal work, currently working primarily as a ceramic artist. I started my pursuit in ceramics as a way to spend more time with my mom, a potter of 30 years, and fell in love with the medium. Since starting as a studio assistant at Radius, I have shifted my focus from small wheel thrown functional wares to large decorative hand built pieces. I’ve been enjoying every bit of experimentation that comes along with the transition.

Jenn Holman

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Studio Assistant

Hi I’m Jenn, I am a ceramic artist! I graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in ceramics in 2021. The following November I moved to Oregon and started working at Radius.
Since I began working with clay in 2017 I’ve been interested in figurative sculpture and themes relating to the macabre. I also really enjoy the intimacy of pottery and its ability to function as a vessel for story telling. My hope is to create personal wares that I can share and enjoy with others. I’m so thankful to be be apart of the Radius community and excited to grow here!

Sharon Mcpeake

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Studio Assistant

Sharon is an art director turned ceramic artist, who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (MFA Illustration, BFAs Graphic Design and Creative Writing). Yearning in 2015 for a more tactile and embodied creative practice, she became enamored with clay’s pliable and humble eagerness to become. She loves creating objects at the wheel that can tell a story and hold space for promises, mourning, beauty, joy; all of the feels. When not in the studio, she’s most likely hunting for the best taco truck, in a cuddle fuddle with her pony sized dog Greta, or cheering on characters in a movie involving full on friendship.

Sophia Farmer

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Studio Assistant

I’m a queer, non-binary artist bimbo from so-cal. I moved to Portland to transfer to Reed where I received my BA in Studio Art; I studied bodily relationships to coral reefs and the sensational offerings of the ocean. I enjoy hand-building, wheel throwing, and love making functional ceramics because of the connections it brings me with people. I like working in an array of mediums, such as performance, but especially with food and baked-goods. Most of my work aims to connect people to their senses through colors, textures and every day objects. Tell me about your favorite snacks and bumble-gum pop music!

Bell Mayrer

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Studio Assistant

Hi! I’m Bell, a multi-disciplinary artists who loves ceramics as a way of bringing my illustrative work into 3D!
I’ve been working with clay for the past 7 years and really appreciate how there’s always so much more to learn.
Currently practicing pushing myself to make bigger sculptural work and experiment with new techniques (even ones I don’t think I’ll like haha). If I’m not in the studio making egg cups you can find me in my garden or by the river looking for rocks :~>

McKenna Ritter

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Studio Assistant

McKenna Ritter is a writer and ceramic artist from Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied creative writing, she felt a distinct need to be more present in her body. After taking a few pottery classes at her local studio, she fell in love with the art form. Ceramics necessitates such an attention to your body, its movement and its steadiness. Originally focused primarily on wheel throwing, she has enjoyed experimenting with handbuilding larger pieces recently.