Paula Cleggett

From her earliest memory, Paula Cleggett’s twin loves of art and reading claimed her fullest attention, later guiding her career.  Born in Chicago, Paula attended the Art Institute of Chicago while in high school; she went on to earn a BA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville; she received an MA in Journalism, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

She has held a variety of engaging positions, from a freelance writer and calligrapher in Kenya to a government executive in Washington, DC.  After retiring from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Paula joined The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University as associate director for policy.

Currently, she serves as a Teaching Artist with Arts for the Aging, an organization that engages older adults through participation in multi-disciplinary arts.  Mostly, she devotes her time to strengthening her drawing and painting skills.


Patricia Kessler

Sandy Spring Museum resident artist Patricia Kessler painting in her studio.

Patricia Kessler has been an adjunct professor at Montgomery College at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus since 1999.  She has a BFA in painting and printmaking and is particularly interested in experimenting with the use of natural dyes.

Robin Ziek

a woman sculpting clay on a pottery wheel

Robin Ziek began working with clay in college as an apprentice with a Danish potter. After a long career in history and architecture, she is very glad to come back to clay. Her work involves a combination of wheel and hand-built techniques.

Jean Fletcher

Jean Fletcher was an economics professor at Gettysburg College from 1983-2014 and is now a professor emerita. One summer, on a whim, she took a ceramics class and found her true passion. Jean’s work emphasizes the synthesis of modern shapes and natural or traditional designs.