North Country Studio Workshops is proud to display this list of the extraordinary instructors who have enriched the lives of so many of us. See entire lists at right and read a few sample profiles below.

Hedi Kyle 2018


Hedi Kyle’s innovative book structures have been influencing the field of book arts for forty years. Her one-of-a-kind constructions have been exhibited internationally, and are in many private and public collections. Hedi graduated from a Bauhaus-modeled art school in Germany with a degree in graphic arts. Unexpectedly, her career took her into the book world, as a conservator, as a book artist, and as a teacher. She teaches regularly at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has taught workshops for the past twenty years in the US, Canada, and Switzerland.

Elin Noble 2007 and 2014


Textile artist Elin Noble won the 1999 Independent Publisher best "How-To Book" award for Dyes and Paints: A Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric. She has a vast experience and understanding of the dye process. Elin has lectured and conducted workshops across North America and in Europe. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she has had solo exhibitions at the Schweinfurth Art Center, at the New Bedford Art Museum, and the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year Award in 2005 by Professional Quilter Magazine.


Michael Sherrill 2012


Michael Sherrill is a materials-based artist experimenting primarily in the media of clay, metal, and glass. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in many public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Collection, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, Corning Museum of Glass, and Takoma Glass Museum.  In 1993, the Year of Craft, Michael was selected for the White House collection, which traveled to venues around the United States.  


Arthur Ganson 2012


Arthur Ganson is a kinetic sculptor who uses simple, everyday materials to build witty mechanical art. His work examines the quiet drama of physical motion, whether driven by a motor or by the actions of the viewer. Notions of balance, of rising and falling, of action and reaction and consequence, play themselves out in wire and steel and plastic. He was artist in residence at MIT from 1995-1999. His work has been featured in one-man shows around the US, and he has permanent installations at the Smithsonian Institution, the MIT Museum, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Patrick Dougherty  2009


Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature Patrick Dougherty builds sculptures and monumental installations made of tree saplings. Over the last thirty years, he has built more than 250 of these works and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen worldwide – from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States. He has won numerous awards and fellowships and was the subject of a major book published by Princeton Architectural Press.


Jon Brooks 2007


A leading figure in the American Studio Furniture Movement, Jon Brooks is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a furniture maker and sculptor. His work combines craftsmanship, inventiveness, and poetic whimsy. His work is held in the collections of many museums, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Queen Victoria Museum in Australia, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Dorothy Caldwell 2007


Textile artist Dorothy Caldwell’s work is influenced by her travel and research in India, Japan, and Australia. She has executed major architectural commissions, and her work is in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Quebec, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center, University of Nebraska. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Ontario.


Kathleen Dustin 2005


Kathleen Dustin creates jewelry and handbags using polymer clay. Her work is held in museums across the country, including the Tassenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, and the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts. Her work is also held in the “private collections” of people who use and wear and enjoy her pieces every day. Her work has won many awards, including “Best of Show” at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2012.  


Past Instructors By Year

NCSW 2018

  • Peter Beasecker: Clay/Wheel

  • Syd Carpenter: Clay/Handbuilding

  • Annet Couwenberg: Fiber 3D

  • Evan Crankshaw: Drawing

  • Jeffrey Hirst: Encaustic

  • Paula Kovarik: Fiber 2D

  • Hedi Kyle: Book Arts

  • Timothy Lazure: Metal Jewelry

  • Jean “Gino” Miele: Photography

  • Sylvie Rosenthal: Sculpture

  • Lois Russell: Basketry

  • Susan Webster: Mixed Media

  • Dan Welden: Printmaking

  • Stuart Kestenbaum: Writer in Residence

NCSW 2016

  • Dan Burkholder: Photography

  • Jane Davies: Printmaking

  • Josh DeWeese: Clay Wheel

  • Dan Essig: Book Arts

  • Bill Flynn: Drawing

  • Geoffrey Gorman: Sculpture

  • Lisa Grey: Mixed Media

  • Shana Kroiz: Jewelry

  • Tracy Krumm: Fiber

  • Lisa Pressman: Encaustic

  • Lana Wilson: Clay Handbuilt>

  • Jennifer Zurick: Basketry

NCSW 2014

  • Adrian Arleo: Clay/Handbuilt

  • Carol Barton: Book Arts

  • John Cogswell: Metal Jewelry

  • Cynthia Corbin: Quilting

  • Celie Fago: Mixed Media

  • Kari Lonning: Basketry

  • Beth Nash: Printmaking

  • Elin Noble: Fiber

  • Jason Pollen: Surface Design

  • Leonard Ragouzeos: Drawing

  • Bonnie Seeman: Clay/Wheel

  • Eddie Soloway: Photography

  • Michael Stasiuk: Sculpture

NCSW 2012

  • Gerald Auten: Drawing

  • Sue Benner: Quilting

  • Charissa Brock: Bamboo

  • Nancy Megan Corwin: Jewelry

  • Robert Dancik: Metal Clays & Faux Bone

  • Arthur Ganson: Sculpture

  • Sean Kernan: Photography

  • Michael Sherrill: Clay/Handbuilding

  • Stuart Shils: Printmaking

  • Adrienne Sloane: Knitting

  • James Watkins: Clay/Wheel

  • Sandy Webster: Book Arts

  • Daniella Woolf: Encaustic

NCSW 2009

  • Bob Adams: Quilting

  • Ilze Aviks: 2D Design

  • Andy Cooperman: Metal/Jewelry

  • Patrick Dougherty: Sculpture

  • Julia Galloway: Clay/Wheel

  • Catherine Kernan: Printmaking

  • Lisa Klakulak: Felting

  • Nancy Koenigsberg: Basketry

  • Marc Leuthold: Clay/Handbuilt

  • Maggie Maggio: Color Theory

  • Suzanne Moore: Book Arts

  • Larry Thomas: Drawing

NCSW 2007

  • Jon Brooks: Wood

  • Dorothy Caldwell: Surface Design

  • Linda Darling: Drawing

  • Lynn DiNino: Sculpture

  • Silvie Granatelli: Clay/Wheel

  • Barbara Mauriello: Book Arts

  • Elin Noble: Surface Design

  • Harold O’Connor: Metal

  • Joan Schulze: Quilting

  • John Skau: Basketry

  • Dan Welden: Printmaking/Solarplate

  • Paula Winokur: Clay/Hand Building

NCSW 2005

  • Sigmund Abeles: Drawing

  • Chris Darway: Metal/Mechanisms

  • Kathleen Dustin: Polymer Clay

  • Ellen Anne Eddy: Quilts

  • Ana Lisa Hedstrom: Surface Design

  • Caitlin Hyde: Glass Beads

  • Sadashi Inuzuka: Clay/Handbuilding

  • Suze Lindsay: Clay/Wheel

  • Peter Madden: Book Arts

  • Mary Merkel-Hess: Basketry/Paper

  • Clifton Monteith: Wood

  • Jo Stealey: 3D Design

  • James Stroud: Printmaking

  • Munya Upin: Metal/Textile

NCSW 2003

  • Harry Anderson: Metal

  • Linda Darty: Jewelry/Enamel

  • Daniel Essig: Wood/Paper

  • Kerr Grabowski: Surface Design/Encaustic

  • Lisa Houck: Printmaking

  • Lissa Hunter: 3D Design

  • Jeff Oestreich: Clay/Wheel

  • Katie Pasquini Masopust: Fabric/Quilts

  • Loren Stump: Glass/Flamework

  • Cynthia Winika: Encaustic

  • Jiro Yonezawa: Basketry

  • Arnie Zimmerman: Clay/Handbuilding

NCSW 2001

  • Nancy Moore Bess: Basketry

  • Robert Ebendorf: Jewelry

  • Celie Fago: Jewelry/PMC

  • Catherine Farish: Printmaking/Etching

  • Bobby Hanson: Metal

  • Eva Kwong: Clay/Handbuilt

  • Daniel Mack: Wood

  • Susan Lordi Marker: Surface Design

  • Peter McGrain: Glass/Flat Glass Painting

  • Peter Pinnell: Clay/Wheel

  • Jane Sauer: 3D Design

  • Lynn Sures: Paper/Book Arts

  • David Walker: Fiber/Quilts

NCSW 1999

  • Eddie Dominguez: Clay

  • Helen C. Frederick: Paper/Print & Technology

  • John Garrett: Basketry

  • Steven Hill: Clay

  • Michael James: Quilting

  • Ray Kass: Drawing/Smoked Paper

  • Nita Leland: Color

  • Wendy Maruyama: Wood

  • Tim McCreight: Metal/Jewelry

  • Joan Morris: Surface Design/Shibori

  • Sally Prasch: Glass/Flamework Beads

  • Ellen Wieske: Metal/3D with Wire

NCSW 1997

  • David Ellsworth: Woodturning

  • Newy Fagan: Glass/Flat

  • John Garrett: Basketry

  • Nancy Halpern: Quilts

  • Linda Holtzschue: Color Theory

  • Mary Hughes: Jewelry

  • Randy Johnston: Clay

  • Peter London: Drawing

  • John McQueen: Basketry

  • Jason Pollen: Surface Design

  • Arturo Alonzo Sandoval: Quilt & Paper

  • Akio Takimori: Clay

  • Claire Van Vleit: Bookmaking

NCSW 1995

  • Paulus Berensohn: Journal Making

  • Nick Cave: Surface Design

  • Nancy Crow: Quilts/Fabric Design

  • Dan Fenton: Stained Glass

  • Herb Fox: Monoprinting

  • Chad Alice Hagen: Contemporary Hand Felting

  • George Kokis: Clay

  • Betty Helen Longhi: Metal/Jewelry

  • Ellen Shankin: Clay/Wheel

NCSW 1993

  • Bruce Beeken: Wood furniture

  • William Daley: Clay

  • Robin Hanson: Designing Knit/Norweigan TradItion

  • Bryant Holsenbeck: Basketry

  • Kathy Kelm: Quilts

  • Mary Theresa Klotz: Rug Hooking

  • Charles Lewton-Brain: Jewelry

  • Thomas Mann: Metals

  • Jeff Parsons: Wood furniture

  • Bhakti Ziek: Weaving