Founders

Pi Benio

Pi Benio, ceramics instructor and ACA Director, taught ceramics at Adrian College for 36 years, winning several teaching awards. An active exhibiting artist herself, she maintains a studio in Adrian. Pi has shown her work in NYC, Chicago and Japan, and presented a one-person show at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A firm believer in the arts as a way to enhance our community she is active on the board of the LCVA and Art-A-Licious. 


Kris Cravens

Kris Cravens, director of Community Clay, began her career in fashion merchandising and design. Fifteen years ago, she began working in clay, and she added glass fusion to her work more recently. Currently represented by three Detroit galleries and a successful Etsy store, she has also participated in a number of art fairs including the Ann Arbor Art Fair and Art-A-Licious. Kris enjoys teaching ceramics, and she is a board member of the LCVA and a former board member of the Michigan Ceramic Art Association (MCAA).


Bryan VanBenschoten

Bryan VanBenschoten, ceramics instructor, retired in 2008 from the Edison Institute (Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum), where he was employed as a master potter for 38 years. In 2009, Bryan began teaching sculpture and ceramics at Adrian College. He has taught and demonstrated ceramic processes throughout Michigan, at the Michigan Ceramic Artists Association conference, and locally at Art-A-Licious. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows and galleries nationally and in South Korea. Bryan was featured in the May 2003 issue of Ceramics Monthly, in an article about Greenfield Village.


Shirley VanBenschoten

Shirley Van Benschoten received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. She has spent her lifetime as an artist. Her paintings have been shown in various galleries, shows, art fairs, festivals and art fundraisers. She also had the distinct privilege and honor of working on the Lenawee County Millennium Sculpture Project in Adrian, Michigan, 1999.  Shirley is a longtime member of Lenawee Council for Visual Artists, former President of the organization. In January 2016, Shirley helped to open Studio One, as part of the Adrian Center for the Arts where she serves as Co-Director. She also serves on the Board for Community Arts