MEET OUR STAFF
Studio Program Manager
Jessica Murphy is a ceramic artist, educator, and administrator. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from Allegheny College, and an MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has previously taught at Women's Studio Workshop and SUNY New Paltz, and currently splits her time between Dutchess Community College and Fall Kill Creative Works.
Hanna Washburn is an artist and curator based in Beacon, NY. She builds hybrid sculptural forms using recycled clothing, textiles, ceramics, and found objects. Hanna holds a BA in Fine Art and English from Kenyon College, and an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. Hanna has been artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony, Monson Arts, and the Textile Arts Center. She currently works at Fall Kill Creative Works and Storm King Art Center.
Clay Works Studio Technician
Grace Moore is a ceramic artist creating functional and sculptural works. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz to earn a BFA in Ceramics and is an instructor at both Fall Kill Creative Works and the Kingston Ceramics Studio, as well as maintaining her own studio practice and business.
Youth Program Coordinator
Erina Schultz is a printmaker and textile artist creating functional wares and prints focused on relationships, ethical hedonism, and community. Recent honors include Southern Graphics Council International Student and Emerging Professionals Grant, and a residency at Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC. Erina earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She is a Textile Designer for Hanamaru Textiles and teaches for both Fall Kill Creative Works and the Textile Arts Center in New York City.
Lala Montoya Heredia
Youth Program Assistant
Lala Montoya Heredia is an artist, culture cultivator and mother. Through gardens and the arts, Lala has incorporated ways to learn, practice and share skills with a focus on their regenerative nature.
At the core of all her work are three ethics:
Care for the Earth which is incorporated in her daily practice through; tending gardens, food forests and creating objects with clay, the direct medium of the earth.
Care for the People by Weaving connections for furthering community and poetically carving messages of language justice, seed justice, motherhood and collective strengthening within her pottery.
Fair Share is practiced by making outdoor education accessible, eliminating economic and language barriers. Through growing and giving away seedlings and food as well as making her ceramic work accessible, Lala keeps a line of reciprocity alive year round.
Dedicating her time to cultivating an evolution in culture that is as much through the nature of creating with hands and clay as it is by sharing food and time with people and the earth.
Lala was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia and currently lives in the Hudson Valley, NY. Both her local and global roots inform her life as an artist.