Current Artists-In-Residence

Carl Johnson


Originally from Washington, D.C., Carl Johnson works in the medium of fiber arts, with a specialty in weaving. He has always had a love for math and logistics and constantly finds himself counting and calculating in his head. Johnson received his BFA in Fibers in 2021 from The Savannah College of Art and Design and is a recipient of the 2021 Windgate Lamar Fellowship. Recently, he has shown his work in shows such as Art Fields, Moving Fiber Show, and Shades of Grey and was featured in Not Real Art’s Q+Art. He believes that he is meant to create and follow his own path as an artist, as he continues to find tangible solutions to the ideas in his mind. Learn more about Johnson’s work at

Photo by Haileigh Angelle.

Joan Brown


A ceramic artist who most recently lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joan Brown frequently uses porcelain, a material that helps her represent purity, delicacy, and fragility. This clay body allows her to mimic soft and supple flesh by creating highly detailed manipulations of surface that force the material to become something it is not. By stretching the limits of porcelain’s physical properties, Joan’s work symbolizes many of the complexities of femininity, as defined by both herself and by society. At HCCC, she hopes to expand upon this body of work and continue to develop visual representations of the injustices women face in contemporary cultures. In addition to cultivating her own personal growth, she hopes to be a part of and assist in fostering a community-oriented studio environment that is positive and welcoming.

Joan received her BFA, concentrating in ceramics, from the University of the Arts in 2013 and her MFA, concentrating in ceramics, from Bowling Green University in 2018. In 2020, she completed a two-year residency at University of the Arts, during which time she expounded on her thesis exhibition, Seductive Constrictions. Joan has shown work in Japan, New Orleans, Washington, Ohio and Pennsylvania, including a solo show in 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about Joan’s work at

Photo courtesy of artist.

Naomi Peterson


Utilizing material and process, Naomi Peterson creates contexts between objects to better understand and define the connections between seemingly disparate things. Integrating both analog and digital methods such as hand building, laser cutting, knitting, 3D printing, and felting, Peterson explores what craft means in the digital age. Her handcrafted, ornate pedestals represent the gravity of a perceived circumstance, such as making a promise. Trust, like a ceramic object, can be broken as well as repaired, though the result will most certainly be altered. Through these contexts, she examines her own experiences and observations in building relationships facilitated by objects and rituals. While in residence at HCCC, Peterson plans to expand on these investigations into subject-object relationships through bodies of work composed of functional and participatory elements.

Peterson received her MFA in ceramics at the University of North Texas in 2021 and her BFA in ceramics at the University of Wyoming in 2017. She was a Post-baccalaureate in ceramics at the University of Wyoming for the 2017 – 2018 academic year and participated in the annual, short-term, Neltje artist-in-residence program in 2018. Peterson has exhibited nationally; recently, her work was on display at Gandee Gallery in Fabius, New York, as part of the 2021 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Gallery Expo.  In November of 2021, she will participate in a group exhibition, titled Women, Art, and Technology, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, curated by Eliza Au. 

To learn more about Peterson’s work, visit

Headshot: Photo by Brianna Shimer.

Nash Quinn


Nash Quinn is a metalsmith who specializes in pattern-formed enameled vessels and small-scale mechanisms. Originally from Wyoming, he received his BFA from the University of Wyoming and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He works with a variety of traditional materials, including copper, enamel, and sterling silver, and his work is about joy–the simple joy he experiences in design, process, and craft. He hopes that the objects he makes can carry that joy, and transmit a bit of it to others. At HCCC, he plans to explore the boundaries of the pattern-formed-vessel format.

Quinn teaches, lectures, and exhibits his work at craft schools, jewelry academies, and universities nationwide. He was a professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at Rowan University and Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute and has taught workshops at Peters Valley School of Craft, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft, among many others. His work has been featured in exhibitions, including 40 Under 40: The Next Generation, at the National Ornamental Metal Museum; Imagine Peace Now, created by Boris Bally; as well as Philadelphia: Then and Now 1950-2019 and RINGS!, both organized by Helen Drutt. Learn more about Quinn’s work at

Photo courtesy of the artist.