Mark Nafziger

Mark Nafziger has maintained Brush Creek Pottery at Sauder Village, a living history museum in Archbold, Ohio, since 1981. Intent on becoming a math teacher when he started at Goshen College in Indiana, Mark soon discovered clay, and graduated with dual math and art degrees. Working with stoneware (and sometimes porcelain), he enhances the surfaces of his pots with slip trailing and carving. His work has been featured in publications and exhibitions across the country.

Lisa Orr

Lisa Orr has been creating highly decorative, functional ceramics for over 40 years. She received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, then an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1992. Orr’s work is formed in molds and/or on the wheel, then embellished with stamps, slips, sprigs and multiple layers of glazes. She has taught numerous workshops and has participated in national and international exhibitions.

About Us


In 1977, Phyllis Blair Clark and the College of Wooster Art Department hosted the “Wooster Workshop,” with artists Ginny and Tom Marsh as demonstrators. A total of 35 students attended. That workshop—and the accompanying exhibition—expanded over the years thanks to Clark’s guidance, eventually becoming the highly regarded “Functional Ceramics Workshop.” In 1987, Clark moved the event to the newly renovated Wayne Center for the Arts. Over 200 artists attended that year. In 2012, she handed the reigns (and the whistle!) over to Ohio Designer Craftsmen. We are honored to continue the tradition of presenting outstanding workshops to a community of potters.


Established in 1963, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a nonprofit organization that supports artists and the community through year-round programming. ODC organizes three fine craft fairs, as well as “Functional Ceramics Workshop,” and owns and operates the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, where we present exhibitions of fine craft and offer educational programming for all ages and skill levels. Ongoing funding for Ohio Designer Craftsmen is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. For further information about the organization and its mission, click here.

Workshop Location

Wayne Center for the Arts
237 S. Walnut St.
Wooster, Ohio

Organized by
Ohio Designer Craftsmen

1665 W. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm

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