Alice's art training began at a very early age as the daughter of an accomplished artist, and continued at The University of North Texas with BFA in Fashion Design. After leaving the commercial field to pursue a fine art career, Alice studied with many nationally recognized artists such as Kevin Macpherson, Ron Rencher and Laura Robb, to develop her unique style of painting. Working primarily with oils, but also pastels and watercolors, she is inspired by color and the way light hits a subject and tries to capture that feeling on canvas. She has a strong background on color theory and uses a limited palette preferring to mix most of her colors in order to obtain a more unified color harmony in her paintings. Color, value and strong composition are stressed in all classes while students are developing their own style of painting.
Ed Barker graduated from North Texas State University with a Master’s in Art Education. He has continued studies in casting and jewelry repair from the Wilkinson School of Jewelry in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ed specializes in fabricated and cast jewelry, emphasizing organic and graphic designs. He has extensive experience using metal as well as stones as focal points.
Barrie Curtsinger grew up in Dallas and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas with a major in Ceramics. She and her husband moved to Ohio for a number of years where they owned and operated a studio-gallery. Barrie also taught ceramics at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio for the four years prior to moving back home to Texas. Her main interest in clay is handbuilding, but she enjoys throwing also.
David Lawrence has taught hand bookbinding at The Craft Guild of Dallas since 2001. He has won several awards in the USA as well as UK and Czech Republic for his fine work.
Elizabeth Knodle received her BA Degree from Texas Women’s University and did graduate work in Denmark and Finland. She is a veteran art instructor in the DISD and Dallas Arts Magnet School. Elizabeth is an instructor with the Whole Beads Show and travels with them all over the USA to teach.
Forrest Jackson began bookbinding at the Craft Guild in 1997 and has further studied with master bookbinders Sally Key, Jim Croft and Jan Sobota. Antiquarian in spirit, Forrest prefers repairing books published before 1830, but is happy to help with the restoration of newer books, as well.
James received his Bachelor of Science in ceramics in 2002 from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He continued his education in North Carolina working as an apprentice for master potter Mark Hewitt from 2002-2005, and has enjoyed working and learning alongside master potters from Minnesota and New York. Abroad, James lived for two years in Tanzania as a peace corps volunteer exchanging ideas with local village potters. Recently, he has returned from travels throughout India, Nepal, and SE Asia learning about the traditions in pottery and culture there. James works primarily on the potter's wheel and believes holding sacred the entire process of making pots from earth to fire.