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Mary Cromartie Bass

Mary Bass grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and has lived in Savannah, GA for the past 25 years. She earned her BFA from East Carolina University, took MFA courses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned her Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She  works  in fibers, crocheting, felting and embroidery. Her interest in drawing and painting is translated into her embroidery and needle felting designs. 

Tana Fileccia-Flagg
Beginning Jewelry Design and Beading
Tana received a MS in Education with a minor in Art from Brooklyn College, Since relocating to Savannah in 2010, Cultural Affairs has rekindled her creative expression. Tana has progressed from student to volunteer to instructor. Her mixed media work combines metalsmithing, beading and fused glass. Tana draws on her teaching and training background to incorporate classroom techniques that encourage and support learning and the creative process.

Clair Buckner
Spring & Summer Art Camp
"Anything you can imagine can be made in clay...there are no limits." Clair Buckner was a biology major at Armstrong Atlantic State University but taking clay as an elective changed her career direction. She graduated with a B.F.A in Ceramics. Clair is a Visual Arts Specialist with the Department of Cultural Affairs instructing adult classes, Spring and Summer Art Camp, as well as the departments outreach programs. She stresses a positive atmosphere in her classes; encouraging students to be confident and creative.

Dave Peterson
Beginning Wheel
Continuing Wheel
Clay Boat Building
Originally from Boston, Dave graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and Sculpture. He has been an instructor with Cultural Affairs for approximately six years teaching adult ceramics. His work is represented in galleries in Savannah as well as in the Northeast. What connects Dave to clay? " fits my personality."