The Color Network Presents: Constructors in Clay

This exhibition has been curated by the Color Network and features a multi-generational group of artists of color who are leaders in the field of Ceramics. 

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Natalia Arbelaez

2015 MFA, Ceramics

The Ohio State University



2011 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts

Florida International University

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Paul Briggs

2016 MFA, Ceramics/3D,

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

1995 PhD, Art Education/Educational Theory and Policy, Penn State


1992 MSEd, Art Education/Ceramics

Alfred University

1991 MA, Rabbinic Literature

Oral Roberts University

1986 BSEd, Education/Ceramics

The City College of New York

Gerald Brown

2018 BFA

Studio Arts Major & Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Minor

Syracuse University

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Syd Carpenter

1976 MFA

Tyler School of Art,  Temple University


1974 BFA

Tyler School of Art,  Temple University

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Adam Chau

2013 MFA 

Designed Objects Department

School of the Art Institute of Chigago



2011 Post-Baccalaureate

Ceramics Department

Michigan State University



2010 BFA

Main College of Art

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April Felipe

2010 MFA concentration in Ceramics, Ohio University



2003  BFA New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University



2000  School Of Visual Arts, New York, NY (Summer Session)

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Salvador Jimenez-Florez

2014 MFA

Kendall College of Art and Design

2012 School of Art Centers International

2006 BAS

Graphic Design & Digital Media

Robert Morris University

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Roberto Lugo

2015 Doctor of Philosophy Candidacy The Pennsylvania State University

2014 MFA The Pennsylvania State University

2012 BFA, Concentration in Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute


2007 Attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Concentration in Interdisciplinary Arts

Malcolm Mobutu Smith

1996 MFA  The New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University

1994 BFA Kansas City Art Institute and

The Pennsylvania State University

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Yinka Orafidiya

In 2018, Yinka completed an advanced pottery intensive with master potters in Ghana West Africa

Artist in Residence

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (Doylestown, PA),

The International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemet, Hungary)


Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, ME)

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Winnie Owens-Hart

MFA Howard University


BFA The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

Isaac Scott

2021 MFA (candidate)

Tyler School of Art

2015 B.S. 

University of Wisconsin in Madison

Bobby Scroggins

MFA Southern Illinois University

at Edwardsville

BFA  The Kansas City Art Institute

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About The Color Network

The Color Network’s mission is to aid in the advancement of people of color in the ceramic arts. We aim to assist artists develop, network, and create dialogue while maintaining a place for a database, resources, and mentorship. We hope to foster a community of artists of all professional and skill levels that help each other grow.  


April Felipe, Yinka Orafidiya, Salvador Jimenez-Flores, and Natalia Arbelaez have been working to develop this network and hope you will join our efforts. We decided on the name The Color Network to pay homage to artists like Robert Scroggins and Paul Andrew Wandless who came before us in the ceramics field and have been doing this work. We look forward to continuing this work, growing, and expanding our efforts to the greater arts community.

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