About Us

Clinton Arts Center Fisk Road Studio is located at 9842 Fisk Road in Clinton, Michigan.

Our Ceramics studio was designed with efficiency in mind. Come experience our top of the line equipment for working with clay and fire your work in our Blaauw kiln. Students can take classes and learn the basics of ceramics, continue their education with advanced classes and work along side experienced artists. The studio also offers open studio hours for students and artists to come in and work independently.

The Glass studio is a great place to learn new skills in a unique medium. Students can learn a wide variety of techniques using glass such as slumping and fusing, stained glass and lampworking. Come use our professional grade kilns, machines and torches to shape glass in any way you can dream of!

We are a proud distributor of Bullseye Glass.

The Metals department is geared toward working to create jewelry and small sculpture. Students can work with copper, bronze, brass and silver in a variety of processes while using our wide variety of tools and machines. Each class helps students learn a variety of techniques and students can sign up for guided open studio hours to use new knowledge to work on their own projects.

2D Art is a wide medium from drawing with different types of pencils or pastels to painting with watercolor or acrylics and that is only the beginning! Drawing is a skill that can be taught, students can learn the basics of drawing or come in and expand their knowledge while learning to use different types of paints. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials while working along side with the materials provided in class.

Our Staff

Ruth Knoll


Ruth is a resident of Clinton, Michigan and the Founder of the Clinton Arts Center.  Ruth has 30 years experience working on large collaborative community based projects. With a keen knowledge of technology, and an expertise in 501(c)3 start-ups, Ruth’s experience serves the Clinton Arts Center and the greater community through her passion for economic development throughout the village.

Susan Amstutz

Two Dimensional Arts

Exhibitions & Special Events

Susan holds a dual degree in Scientific Illustration & Painting & Drawing from the University of Michigan, with a minor degree in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer and educator for over 20 years, and was the owner of Black Door Gallery, in Tecumseh, MI. Susan taught in the Visual Arts and Technology, Graphic Design Department, at Washtenaw Community College.  She also taught at Ann Arbor Art Center and from her studio located in the Carnegie Library, in Tecumseh, MI.  Classes taught by Susan include basic/advanced painting, drawing, graphic design, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Her artwork can be found in private and corporate collections across the United States.

“The visual arts are a way to express yourself where words won’t do”

Barry-Alan MacRae

IT Manager

Web Designer / Developer

Barry-Alan MacRae is the lead IT Manager at the Clinton Arts Center. Barry-Alan has graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.

Nancy Grott

Executive Director

Experienced in business start-ups, Nancy has owned her own company as well as coached and mentored hundreds of company employees and business owners during her 25 years in business. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

“The best part of managing day to day operations is working on a project that assists in the economic development of Clinton, Michigan as well as create a vibrant place for creative endeavors”

Kristine Haddox

Glass & Metals

Renaissance Woman

Kristine manages the Clinton Arts Center Glass and Metals Studios. Kristine is a metalsmith, sculptor, glass, ceramics, 2D and textile artist.  She also loves languages and gardening. She holds a BFA from the University of North Texas and a MFA from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She has taught at Texas Women’s University, Collin County Community College, Paris Junior College, all in Texas, and the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kristine is an award-winning artist whose work is in several private collections.

“If you can dream it, I can assist you in how to make it” 

Tricia Crawford


Jane White


Jane’s expertise is in ceramics education and studio management, she has taught and worked in a variety of studios for the past 30 years. She manages the day-to-day ceramics studio operations and facility management for the Clinton Arts Center. She holds a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and a MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has taught at Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, The Center for Creative Studies, The Ann Arbor Potters Guild, and Pewabic Pottery. She has manager experience from Ceramic Studio Lab Demonstrator for the University of Michigan and Kilnroom Manager, Fabrication Director, Adult Education Studio Manager at Pewabic Pottery.

Grant Recipient: Michigan Individual Artist Grant

“The Ceramics Studio at the Clinton Arts Center offers beginners to experienced potters a full service experience with fast kiln turnaround and a vibrant ceramic community”

Emily Lopresto

Mold Maker

Emily is the Mold Maker for the Clinton Arts Center. Before becoming the Mold Maker for the Clinton Art Center, Emily has held a number of different jobs in the field of ceramics.  She has worked as a studio manager and instructor of ceramic programs at several art centers in Michigan and as an assistant in two separate artists’ studio. Emily received her BFA in Crafts with a focus on Ceramics, a minor in Jewelry Metals and a Business Concentration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Emily is also a working artist with her own studio where she creates functional slip cast wares. Emily’s experience includes work in all forms of ceramics, mold making with plaster and rubber, jewelry metals, loom woven works, 3D modeling in Rhinoceros software and amateur woodworking.

Our Board of Directors

Ruth Knoll


Ruth has over 30 years’ experience working on large collaborative community based projects.  With a keen knowledge of the arts, education and expertise in 501 (c) 3 start-ups, Ruth’s experience serves the Clinton Arts Center and the greater Clinton Village community through her passion for economic development. In her free time, Ruth enjoys working with clay and glass, dabbles in gardening and travels with her family. Ruth received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.  She has two children, Andrew and Hannah, both graduates of Kalamazoo College.

Anat Shiftan

Board Member

Shiftan studied English Literature and Philosophy (BA 1980) at the Hebrew University, Ceramics at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, (1980 -1982), Eastern “The visual arts are a way to express yourself where words won’t do” Michigan University (MA 1984) and at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, (MFA 1986).  Shiftan worked at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit Michigan  (1986 to 1999) as Instructor, Production Manager – Senior Designer and Director of Education.  She taught at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (1999-2002) and is teaching ceramics at SUNY New Paltz, NY since 2003 where she is currently head of the Ceramics Program.

Awards and other career highlights:

Shiftan received twice the Michigan Grant for Individual Artists and exhibited her work extensively. Shiftan has collaboratively organized: Contemporary Issues in Clay: A British Perspective, (2006) andWhy Clay (2008), and organized Beyond Hand Made (2008), all symposiums examined theoretical, social and economical trends that are the context in which creative practice in visual arts occurs today.

Link to examples of artwork:


Howard Oesterling

Vice President

He attended Adrian College and earned a B.S. degree. Lesson learned:  Attending college was the best four years of my life. He earned a masters degree and a specialist degree from Eastern Michigan University. Lesson learned:  Smart people have more questions than they have answers. He has been an elementary, middle-school, and high school teacher. Lesson learned: Working with the young keeps you young. He was high school principal for nineteen years. Lesson learned: Today’s teenagers are smarter and know more than any generation before them. He was superintendent of schools for eight years. Lesson learned:  Making hard decisions keeps you awake at night. He has been an invited public speaker for schools, service clubs, and businesses all over Michigan.  For fifty straight years he has been a keynote speaker at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. Lesson learned: If you do a good job you get invited to do another speech. He has been on the staff and president of the board of the at the Maurice Spear Campus, Adrian, Michigan. Lesson learned:  Wards of the court are no different than any other kids except they have been caught doing something wrong. He has been a member of a service club for forty years. Lesson learned:  Service above self is a good way to live. In retirement he became a videographer and has made over 300 films. Lesson learned:  Make each project better than any you’ve done so far.

Dorris Kemner

Board Member

Claudia Kretschmer

Board Member

Claudia Kretschmer is the owner and head coach of Gym America which was founded in 1979.  In her 30 plus years of experience she has produced many National level competitors.  She has also qualified gymnasts to the TOPS National Team. Claudia’s great passion has been the development of the Xcel Program which she pioneered in Michigan.  She is married to co-owner Ed Kretschmer and has two sons Kyle (18) and Kevin (30).  Claudia resides in Saline, Michigan.

Michigan Female Coach of the Year – 1992
Michigan Contributor of the Year
National Instructor of the Year – 2003 & 2005
Region 5 Contributor of the Year 2010 & 2012
Contributor to Bahamas Gymnastics 2012
Michigan Parks and Recreation Association – Community Service Award – 2013
National Instructor of the Year – 2013
National Service Award for USA Gymnastics

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