David Deily – Vice President
David Deily earned a BFA in ceramics from Alfred University. In addition to working as a studio artist, specializing in functional vessel forms, he has applied his vast knowledge of ceramic raw materials and chemistry in the world of architectural restoration, manufacturing and technology. He held the position of Master Moldmaker at Sherle Wagner International, and facilitated the production of ceramic components for fuel cell technology at Siemens Westinghouse.
Deily’s pedagogical experience dates back to 2002, when he began teaching collegiate ceramics courses as well as private lessons for school-age students. He has led classes and workshops at community arts organizations, and has served as a teaching artist and youth mentor at MCG Youth & Arts for the last nine years.
In addition to his role as a teaching artist, Deily has served as Manager of Studio Operations for the entire MCG Youth & Arts program, with duties ranging from programmatic planning and implementation, development of external partnerships, overseeing staff and coordinating all studio operations.
Justin Mazzei – Program Director
Justin Mazzei graduated from Carlow University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in art education. He is a Pennsylvania-certified teacher in art for children in kindergarten through grade 12. Prior to his appointment as program director, Mazzei held a variety of positions at MCG Youth & Arts, including ceramics technician; teaching artist, design; and teaching artist coordinator. Mazzei has shared the work of MCG Youth & Arts at various conferences. In 2011, he was awarded Outstanding Non-Public Secondary Art Educator of the Year from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. Mazzei is an educator and an artist, specializing in landscape painting and printmaking.
Rose Mary Gubser – Executive Assistant
Rose Mary Gubser has worked for the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for over 25 years and is currently employed as the Executive Assistant to David Deily, Director of Youth and Arts Education Programs. A graduate of Bidwell Training Center, Rose Mary provides the administrative support critical to running an organization dedicated to educating and inspiring urban youth through the arts.
Kat Gregor – Student Services
Kat obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2008. Just like the MCG studios, her artistic background is multi-disciplined, ranging from traditional drawing with charcoal and pastels, to incorporating silkscreening on her photographic prints. Her own work is predominately self-portraiture, but she has started to work on social documentary work. Outside of MCG, she enjoys her close relationships with her three siblings, her cats and working on film and photography projects.
Jill Wiggins – Database Manager/Teaching Artist
Jill is a graduate of West Liberty State College and is an award winning digital filmmaker. As a teacher, Jill is ambitious and believes in helping her students realize their maximum potential. Her recent passions include teaching 3D modeling and printing and laser engraving in MCG newest space, the Tech Suite.
Jeff Guerrero – Production Associate/Teaching Artist
After more than 10 years experience as the art director for internationally distributed magazines, Jeff brings his skills and experience to the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Point Park University, Jeff holds a degree in Applied Corporate Communication. He specializes in creating graphics and layouts with Adobe publishing software, and counts web design and digital photography among his marketable talents. He also dabbles in ceramics.
Samantha Rapp – College Placement Specialist
Sam graduated from Kenyon College in December 2015 with a BA in Psychology. During her time at Kenyon, Sam’s passion for lifelong learning and helping others was fostered. Prior to joining the MCG team, Sam worked in Carlisle for Pennsylvania Counseling Services implementing behavioral interventions to children with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She moved to Pittsburgh in September and has since enjoyed learning about Pittsburgh’s rich history, exploring its diverse neighborhoods, and seeing water every day. At MCG, Sam hopes to inspire youth to discover their own passions and figure out the appropriate steps needed in order to accomplish their dreams.
Richena Brockinson – Photography
Richena earned her Bachelors degree in photography from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She’s the owner of Lioness Photography and was the first recipient of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater’s photography fellowship. Richena has worked with various organizations such as The New Pittsburgh Courier, Dollar Bank and New Horizon Theater as a media photographer and social media manager. She has served as an instructor at the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s “Still Feel Like Going On” instructional photography workshop for African American male youth, and for the past 12 years as the photography instructor for the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop. She has exhibited at The Shadow Lounge and with Women of Vision at Penn State University. Richena’s solo exhibit, ‘Superhero Within Me’, in conjunction with Toonseum’s Heroes Block Party, presents a glimpse of her artistic observations, offering a unique perspective on life and entertainment.
Cecilia Ebitz – Design
Cecilia earned a BFA in Sculpture from Penn State University in 2011, dividing her undergraduate studies at the University Park campus and Bard College. Her interdisciplinary art practice seeks to affirm agency through ritual play and manipulation of everyday materials. In Pittsburgh, Cecilia has shown her work at Space Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Pittsburgh Zine Fair. In 2010 Cecilia cofounded Bunker Projects, a studio, gallery, and residency space in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Previously Cecilia has taught art classes and workshops for youth at the Smithsonian Institute in DC, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where she completed a F.I.N.E. Residency in 2016.
Bryce Hemington – Ceramics
Bryce Hemington is a ceramic artist with over 10 years experience working in the arts. After receiving a BFA from Edinboro University and a teaching certification from Carlow University he has gone on to be a Masters candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in ceramics. He was a resident artist at Touchstone center for the Crafts in 2014 and exhibited his thesis exhibition in 2014. His work primarily focuses on wood fired utilitarian ceramics made on the potter’s wheel.
Ben Pyles – Design
Ben graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Art, primarily focused in drawing, print making, and illustration. He has shown work around Pennsylvania and Maryland, and has won several awards including Best in Show at his schools annual juried undergraduate exhibit. Ben’s work is happily planted in the realm of low-brow, fueled by a healthy diet of cartoons, horror, and science fiction. His work aims to tell you a story, and hopefully make you laugh. Always looking to experiment with new media, Ben continues to strive to find interesting and creative ways to create his work.
K. Shabazz – Digital
“I believe that some of our biggest problems can be solved through music. Imported from Detroit city, came to Pittsburgh with the hopes of becoming a film director.” K graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a B.S in Digital Media Production. She started at MCG as an intern and is now a lead instructor in the digital studio. She believes MCG is great because of the 360° relationships we build with the students, not only do they learn from you, but you also learn from them. In her spare time you can catch her DJing, traveling or attending a film festival.
Talon Smith – Ceramics
Talon Smith was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Smith produces functional ceramic wares that are influenced by the changing landscape of Pittsburgh. She began studying ceramics at CCAC in 2008 and continued her education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Smith has been a participant in the Highland Park Pottery Tour, and was awarded the Emerging Artist Scholarship for the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Germaine Watkins – Photography
Germaine is a former student of MCG and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has worked at MCG for more than two decades, and is passionate about sharing his love of photography with students. Germaine also teaches photography at the University of Pittsburgh Osher Life Long Learning program. A partial list of his photography accomplishments include: Pittsburgh Black Photographers’ Group book project and blog titled “Feel Like Going On: A Year in the Life of Black Pittsburgh”, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh, National Urban League Convention, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festivals, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, Mavuno Art Festival, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, August Wilson Center, Living Life on Life’s Terms exhibition, Clarion University, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Whirl Magazine, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Carnegie Library Websites.
Keith Hershberger – Exhibitions
Keith Hershberger graduated from Goshen College in 1994 with a BA in Art with a focus in ceramics. In the meantime he has been a camp coundelor, a production potter, a musician, a freelance graphic designer, and has worked at MCG in a variety of postions. Keith enjoys art in almost all of it’s forms and dabbles in any that interest him at the moment. The thing Keith loves most about working at MCG is working with the students – pushing them to learn new things, forming friendships and seeing all the great things they come up with.
Jolie Valentine – Ceramics/Exhibitions
Jolie is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting. She is currently working on mixed media projects and long distance collaborations with other artists. Before coming to Manchester, she worked at Silver Eye Center for Photography.