Class Instructors


Catie Miller

Catie Miller recently graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) with a degree in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a ceramic emphasis in May 2013. After graduation, Miller relocated to Kansas City, KS and accepted a long-term artist residency at Red Star Studios. With a variety of interests she has developed skills in an array of areas including printmaking and drawing. She has embraced many opportunities to work within the art community teaching and coordinating classes for young artists from elementary to high school. Miller has shown her work nationally and internationally as well as throughout the Midwest. She has been showcased in several local and national publications, including Ceramics Monthly’s “Undergraduate Showcase” and “Exposure.”


Tommy Frank

Tommy Frank was born and raised in Florida.  He spent a lot of his younger years in the woods, camping and backpacking around central Florida. He was awarded the Eagle Scout Award when he was 16.  Since then he has always enjoyed traveling and the outdoors.  He attended Asbury College, a small liberal arts college southwest of Lexington, KY.  After graduating he moved back to Tampa to be a studio assistant for local potters.  He then became the first Artist-in-Residence (AIR) of the St. Petersburg Clay Company in 2002. Here he was able to experiment in atmospheric firings and gained exponential growth in both technical and aesthetic decisions.  Following the end of his residency, he was awarded a summer resident position at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.  The short summer residency deeply impacted his life, challenging his views of manhood and growing up.  After coming back from Montana he took another residency position at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. Asheville would prove to be fertile ground for inspiration and contemplation on his thesis.  However, he decided to enter a more academic setting by enrolling in the ceramics post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida.  Tommy accepted a graduate assistantship at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  He completed his Master of Fine Arts thesis in the spring of 2010.  After graduation, Tommy was the 3D Studio Technician at the University of St Francis in Fort Wayne, IN.  He is currently the Studio Manager for Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Missouri.


Cassidy Creek

Cassidy Creek received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas, in 2010. During her time there, she became a part of the sculpture and clay communities by participating in NCECA conferences, wood fires, community iron pours, and working as a teaching assistant. Her work has been in exhibitions around the Lawrence and Kansas City areas. Cassidy uses hand built techniques to create ceramic sculptures derived from observations of natural and man-made systems.


Jo Kamm

Jo Kamm returns to Kansas City after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2007. In the four subsequent years, Jo received an MFA from Alfred University, attended residencies in Denmark and Hungary, and most recently participated in a residency at the Danish Design School, on the island of Bornholm. Jo enjoys a reputation as a mad scientist in a white jumpsuit, as his work is constantly experimental.


Shae Bishop

Born two decades and one year ago in a small cabin in the woods of Tennessee, Shae Bishop has since lived in Indiana, Wisconsin, New York, and, primarily, Kentucky. He now resides in Kansas City, Missouri, where he recently earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in Ceramics and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute. When not in the studio, Shae enjoys sewing and spending time with his hognose snakes.


Emily Duke

Emily Duke graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating she spent several years splitting her studio practice between Detroit, Chicago and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residencies. Most recently, she moved to Kansas City to start Residency at Red Star Studios. Emily is represented by SEE Art + Design in Detroit. Recent group exhibition venues include The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, The Ann Arbor Arts Center, Butter Projects, Detroit Artist Market, and Ox-Bow School of Art Gallery. Solo exhibitions include Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Detroit and Frontier Space in Missoula, MT.


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Red Star Studios
2100 Walnut St
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Red Star Studios
2011 Tracy Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108

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