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Meet the Yardies

The Founders

Nick Bauta

Nick Bauta is an artist and designer who crafts leather jewelry and clothes, urban furniture, and metal sculpture. He f... read more →

Clay Rockefeller

Clay Rockefeller is an artist/entrepreneur who values volunteerism and community. His personal experiences and his wor... read more →

The Staff

Howie Sneider Executive Director

Howie Sneider was born in Syracuse, NY. His childhood exploration of the forests and abandoned quarries of central New ... read more →

Tim Ferland Art Production Manager

Mandara Mackinnon Volunteer Coordinator

Mandara MacKinnon settled in Rhode Island in 2003 after spending four years bouncing from state to state. Since making a... read more →

Philip May Studio Director

Philip May studied industrial design at RISD then spent 8 years as the technician of the textiles department there. Afte... read more →

Jackson Morley Interim Public Projects Coordinator

Jackson Morley pursued his interest in design and fabrication while studying Industrial Design at the University of Kans... read more →

Islay Taylor Program Director

Islay Taylor is a contemporary art jeweler, who uses the body as a pedestal to showcase wearable sculptures. She receive... read more →

The Board

Peter Gill Case Chair

Kate Lyons Secretary

Frank F. Previti Treasurer

Thomas Brendler

Lisa Carnevale

Nat Harris

David Karoff

Wendy Lawton

Kristine Merz

Jennifer Vacca

The Instructors

Blacksmithing

April Franklin

April Franklin is a professional blacksmith specializing in architectural and interior metal design, fabrication, and in... read more →

Lu Heintz

Lu Heintz has been producing sculpture and architectural metalwork since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design i... read more →

Nick Tomlin

Nick Tomlin grew up in Singapore and England before moving to Providence to study Industrial Design at RISD. During his... read more →

Willow Zietman

Willow Zietman is a blacksmith, flameworker and metal artist. She has studied metal arts in several places, including Ha... read more →

Ceramics

David Allyn

David Allyn is the founder of the Steel Yard clay department and a RISD MFA graduate. He has taught ceramics at RISD an... read more →

Patti Barnatt

Patti Barnatt believes that making things is essential to one’s life and that sharing one’s expertise with o... read more →

Peter Lutz

Peter Lutz was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas where he spent much of his youth climbing trees; yes there are tre... read more →

Amanda Nazarian

Amanda Nazarian is a human being who moved to Providence in 2012 in search of time and community. After graduating from ... read more →

Alison Purwinis

Alison Purwinis is a ceramic artist living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her BFA from Hartford A... read more →

Micah Thanhauser

Micah Thanhauser is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied art, creativity, and meditation. He learned to make... read more →

Sarah Wang

Sarah spent the first half of her life on small islands in New York City and then lived in New Jersey for a while before... read more →

Claire Wicks

Claire is originally from the Philippines, grew up on Long Island, NY, and is now calling Rhode Island her home. She gr... read more →

Jewelry

Heather Guidero

Heather Guidero is a 2002 RISD graduate with a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing. After 3 years of goldsmithing in New Yo... read more →

Amie Plante

Amie Louise Plante is a native Rhode Island artist, jeweler, designer and teacher extraordinaire. She earned her BFA in... read more →

Islay Taylor Program Director

Islay Taylor is a contemporary art jeweler, who uses the body as a pedestal to showcase wearable sculptures. She receive... read more →

Welding

Elliot Berry

A graduate of Hampshire College in Applied Design, Elliot has an innate interest in all things mechanical. As an artist,... read more →

Topher Gent

Topher Gent is a Rhode Island based artist and designer. As a native Rhode Islander, he earned his BFA at the Rhode Isla... read more →

Margo Karoff-Hunger

Margo was born and raised in Providence. She started welding at the Steel Yard's Camp Metalhead before going to wel... read more →

Adam Morosky

Adam Morosky has been welding for 10 years as an independent contractor, teacher, and set decorator for motion pictures,... read more →

Hillel O’Leary

Hillel O'Leary is a Sculptor first, and foremost, and sculptural ideals and principles strongly influence his perso... read more →

Nora Rabins

Nora Rabins makes public art and utilitarian sculpture. Her background is in art, logic and design (with degrees from S... read more →

Dorothea Ulrich

Dorothea Ulrich is an artist and designer who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the Rhode ... read more →

Max Van Pelt

Max Van Pelt is a Providence based contemporary artist whose work moves freely between sculpture, painting, and installa... read more →