Rangers, Residents, and MudFire's Owners

MudFire is staffed by volunteers working in exchange for studio access and a larger firing allowance.  We affectionately term them "Rangers" because at times MudFire can feel like a park full of things going on. But, they are really artists in residence. They have taken on the job of volunteering so they can in turn have a place to work, launching their ceramic lines, making commissions, stocking their Etsy shops, and making a living.  Each day you will see photos posted of the rangers who are on duty. When we are not on duty please respect our working time by interacting with staffers whose pictures are posted.

Our staffers have lots of experience in firing and making techniques - each with their own favorite tips and tricks. We encourage you to interact with everyone and get to know us all and what we have to offer.

We also have Artist in Residence spaces that are semi-private and include direct mentorship, critiques, and support as artists begin their path to selling their work in the world. As a Resident you will gain gallery and photography experience as well as studio technician knowledge. 

 If you have prior ceramic experience and would like to join our team - please reach out. If you are following us on Instagram you can see more of our studio, rangers, and residents in action.

Deanna Ranlett Co-Owner and expert in glaze chemistry and formulation, screening on clay and kiln repair. Deanna is the brains behind it all. 

Deanna Ranlett

Co-Owner and expert in glaze chemistry and formulation, screening on clay and kiln repair. Deanna is the brains behind it all. 

Kaitlyn Chipps MudFire Artist in Residence - specializes in porcelain and red clay - and is a definite wheel expert and glaze combo whiz.

Kaitlyn Chipps

MudFire Artist in Residence - specializes in porcelain and red clay - and is a definite wheel expert and glaze combo whiz.

Niki Patriarca MudFire Artist in Residence - specializes in porcelain, glazing, and all things wheel. Niki has traveled the world and back again.

Niki Patriarca

MudFire Artist in Residence - specializes in porcelain, glazing, and all things wheel. Niki has traveled the world and back again.

Zipporah Thompson MudFire Ranger and sculptural artist. Zipporah uses a lot of slips and a variety of stoneware bodies. She is our newest ranger.

Zipporah Thompson

MudFire Ranger and sculptural artist. Zipporah uses a lot of slips and a variety of stoneware bodies. She is our newest ranger.

Daphne Dail-Ranlett Co-Owner and expert in soda firing, porcelain wheel work and is the social butterfly of MudFire. Daphne is the heart of MudFire.

Daphne Dail-Ranlett

Co-Owner and expert in soda firing, porcelain wheel work and is the social butterfly of MudFire. Daphne is the heart of MudFire.

Christina Kosinski MudFire Ranger and garden expert. Specializes in modern wheel work, colored clay, and glaze pouring and is also a fabric artist!

Christina Kosinski

MudFire Ranger and garden expert. Specializes in modern wheel work, colored clay, and glaze pouring and is also a fabric artist!

Marisa Mahathey MudFire Artist in Residence - specializes in color and form in white stoneware and porcelain. Wheel Expert and uses a ton of underglaze.

Marisa Mahathey

MudFire Artist in Residence - specializes in color and form in white stoneware and porcelain. Wheel Expert and uses a ton of underglaze.

Rick Shireman MudFire Ranger and former MudFire member - Rick specializes in wheel forms and is well versed in a variety of surface techniques. 

Rick Shireman

MudFire Ranger and former MudFire member - Rick specializes in wheel forms and is well versed in a variety of surface techniques. 

Meredith Bradley MudFire Ranger owner of City Sloth Ceramics and new resident candidate. She specializes in screening and porcelain. 

Meredith Bradley

MudFire Ranger owner of City Sloth Ceramics and new resident candidate. She specializes in screening and porcelain. 

Michael Klapthor MudFire Ranger and robot maker - specializes in wheel throwing combined with hand-building with years of teaching experience.

Michael Klapthor

MudFire Ranger and robot maker - specializes in wheel throwing combined with hand-building with years of teaching experience.

Lee Turner MudFire Ranger and hand-builder - ask Lee about porcelain, delicate work and glaze combos. Lee is a sculptural artist.

Lee Turner

MudFire Ranger and hand-builder - ask Lee about porcelain, delicate work and glaze combos. Lee is a sculptural artist.