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Artists Showcased in the Artisan Shop

Paul Linhares is a central Ohio teacher and ceramic artist.  He received his BFA in 1991 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and his MFA in 2000 from West Virginia University.  He has been an adjunct ceramics professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and North Central State College, Mansfield in addition to a post as visiting faculty at the Chautauqua Institution School of Art.  Paul’s work has been exhibited in Cedar Creek Gallery’s National Teapot Show VII, Chautauqua Ceramics Invitational Retrospective Exhibit, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts Butter Dish Invitational, Lilstreet Art Center’s Form Follows Function, 9th, 12th, 16th, 17th and 18th Strictly Functional Pottery National, Rosewood Gallery’s Earth in Balance, Utilitarian Ceramics National, NCECA Regional Exhibition, and numerous other exhibitions. His pottery has been featured in Ceramics Monthly in addition to 500 cups and 500 Plates and Platters by Lark Books.

            Paul sees his work as an art of connections.  Attempting to facilitate connections between people, cultures, and a shared human story through the use and exchange of significant objects.  The pots are made with an earthenware clay and brushed over with a white clay slip. They are either stamped with hand carved clay stamps or incised with a sharp stick.  It is Paul’s hope that as these works enter peoples lives they will create new meanings and connections.


Kurt Teeter  is a resident artist, studio manager, and teacher at Zenclay.  He received his BFA in 2007 from Utah Valley University, and his MFA in 2011 from West Virginia University. His work has been exhibited nationally,  with his most recent showing in the West Virginia Division of History and Culture Juried Exhibition (2011) in Wheeling, WV and internationally at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute (2008) in Jingdezhen, China.

Kurt's work is primarily functional and meant for everyday use. His pots capture the vitality of life though the use of abstracted peony motifs, as well as various other designs. Kurt sees the ceramic vessel as an object to enhance and mimic the experiences found within
daily life.


Susan Ting is a ceramic artist and the owner/ operator of Zenclay Studio, Galleries, and Café.  She was born in Szechuan, China and spent her childhood in Hong Kong.  At the age of 15, she and her family moved to the United States.

In 1978 she started ceramic classes at West Virginia University. In addition to studying at WVU for more than 10 years, much of her ceramic experience and learning comes from doing her own work and by teaching classes at Zenclay.  In 1996, she attended a six-week seminar in China.  

In 2008, one of Susan’s plates was shown at the NCECA Juried Exhibition in Pittsburgh, and in 2005, a vase was juried into the WV Juried Exhibition in Charleston.  She has shown in regional exhibits and has had several one-person shows. Susan is interested in encouraging local and regional artists, and she has used the galleries at Zenclay to bring awareness of social issues to the community