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Easthampton Clay

Meet Our Teachers

Liz Rodriguez

Liz Rodriguez

Owner/ Founder of Easthampton Clay and Teacher

Liz Rodriguez (she/her) founded Easthampton Clay in 2018. She moved to Western Mass from the Boston area after falling in love with the area as an invited artist of the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail and Paradise City Arts. Liz studied fine arts and design at FIT in NY and business at Northeastern University in Boston. Her ceramics education began in 1994 at Mudville and subsequently Mudflat Pottery schools in Somerville, MA. In 1999, Liz became a Mudflat studio tech and a member of the board learning the innermost workings of a large pottery studio. In 2010 she left the corporate world to become a full-time ceramic artist and Mudflat teacher. Liz travelled around the country to participate in high-end craft shows and in 2017, her work was featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Knowing first-hand the positive effects of clay and community on one’s mental and physical health, her greatest desire was to create a space here in Western, Mass similar to that of Mudflat where a warm, diverse community thrived in a creative environment.

Instagram: @lizrodriguezceramics and @easthamptonclay


Kayla McFarland

Kayla McFarland

Studio Operations Manager and Teacher

Kayla (she/her) has had her hands in clay since 2016 when she took an elective ceramics course and fell in love. She loves pops of color and texture which is portrayed in her functional pieces. A vessel you use to eat/drink out of should be fun to touch and bring joy visually. Kiln-loader Kayla can always be found in the studio.

Instagram: @cultivation.clay


Molly Smith

Molly Smith

Gallery Manager and Teacher

Molly (they/them) has been with Easthampton Clay since March 2019. They began a transition away from food service and is now pursuing ceramics full time. Don’t be afraid to say hello... Molly can be a bit quiet when in the zone, but loves chatting and getting to know everyone.
Instagram: @mollysceramics

Instagram: @mollysceramics


Ashley Ripolone

Ashley Ripolone

Adult Beginner Class teacher

Ashley (she/her) first fell in love with ceramics back in 2015 while she was in college. After a short break she found her way to Easthampton Clay and is now a full time ceramic artist. Ashley is a studio tech whose task is to mix glazes for the studio. She mostly creates work out of her home studio, but you can catch her at EHC several times throughout the week. Feel free to say hi when you see her! She loves meeting new people and hearing about your interests in clay.

Instagram: @ashrips_pottery


Grace Morrill

Grace Morrill

Kids Class Teacher

Grace (she/her) serendipitously found the art of ceramics when she chose a random elective in college; ceramics 1. A few years after college she yearned to do pottery again and in 2018 the stars aligned when she found Easthampton Clay. She's been doing pottery ever since and has made her own home studio. She will now adventure into teaching the Thursday kids class.

Instagram: @whipcityceramics


Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner

Private Lessons Teacher

Matt Gardner - Matt (he/him) is a recent transplant to Western Mass and was partially drawn to the area because of the robust clay community. He began wheel classes at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC in 2013, and several years later moved to a small studio in Northern NJ where he became an instructor and studio tech. As a new faculty member of Easthampton Clay (November 2021), he will be teaching private lessons and assisting with general studio needs.

Instagram: @MadeByGardner