Clay Studio Instructors

Tameria Martinez

BA Virginia Tech 1982 with apprenticeships with KVR Pottery, Ken Russell, North Carolina


Tameria Martinez is the owner of the Frederick Clay Studio. Her specialty is creating complex forms in porcelain, which become her canvas, layering one glaze on top of another, achieving rich combinations of surface decoration. She experiments with crystallization, ash, and other fluid glazes for her decorative expression.


Exhibitions in 2014: The clay Cup Vessel, Icon, Canvas-juror, Linda Arbuckle; Strictly Functional Pottery National

Tim Sherman

Towson University undergraduate, BS Degree in Art and Design, Towson MD


Tim Sherman creates functional pottery, keeping visual aesthetics in mind. He uses a wide range of firing techniques and construction styles, both historical and modern, experimenting with multiple layers of sprayed glazes, and small amounts of ash glazes to force colors to run, pool and otherwise mix together on the surfaces throughout the firing process.


Tim Sherman has won multiple awards for his pottery.

Nadette Boughton

E.S.A Degree, Paris, France


Nadette Boughton's first 18 years were spent in West Africa, in Côte d’Ivoire. This experience has greatly influenced her philosophical and hands-on approach to pottery. Her years of architecture and plastic art studies in Paris have served to bring a geometrical and structural knowledge of three-dimensional forms into her work. A profound interest in the Bauhaus movement, emphasizing purity of form as well as functionality of space, is something Nadette always incorporates while throwing or hand building a pot.


Nadette was Bill van Gilder’s Teacher Assistant at the Art League of Alexandria, VA and participated in many wood firings with him in Gapland, MD. Afterwards, she became Blair Meerfeld's Teacher Assistant, who is the Chairman of the Art League Ceramics Department. Nadette has also been potter Allison Severance’s apprentice, assisting her with community and private wood firings.

Leslie King

With a BA in Theater from the University of Maryland, Leslie started as puppeteer in New York City’s Central Park, performing and making puppets. She then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and worked as a scenic artist at Det Kongelige Teatre (the Royal Theater) painting the sets and making specialty props and masks. After completing her degree in Graphic Design from “Denmark’s Design Skole” Leslie spent a decade working as a graphic artist and videographer at CSC offices in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Leslie’s work was exhibited internationally in Paris, New York, Washington D.C. and Brazil


Returning to the US in 2001, Leslie became interested in ceramics after taking classes at the Frederic Clay Studio. She continued her ceramic studies at the Corcoran School of Art, and earned her MA in Ceramic Arts at Hood College. Some of her work at Hood College was featured in the exhibit “Making Faces” - a series of masks and busts. Leslie returned to the Frederic Clay Studio as a teacher of sculpture and hand building in 2016.


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