Samantha Briegel was born and raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee. Samantha received her BFA in Three-Dimensional Arts at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May of 2013. After graduation, her passion for pottery led her to Helena, Montana for the opportunity to intern at the Archie Bray Foundation Clay Business.
As an intern for the Archie Bray Clay Business, Samantha worked in research and development in exchange for studio space and materials. After completing her internship, Samantha moved to Missoula, Montana to study ceramics at the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student.
Samantha has recently received her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
As a resident artist, Sam is assisting with the District Clay Gallery, Special Events and our glaze making team
David DaSilva just completed his Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts from Bennington College in Vermont.
He was a studio tech at Bennington and has extensive experience working with and maintaining ceramic studios and equipment.
He was a studio apprentice to Roberto Lugo and also interned at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
As a resident artist, David is managing our work/study team and District Clay's daily production schedule.
Vicki Lynn Wilson
Vicki Lynn Wilson was born in District Heights, MD and holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MFA from Portland State University, both in Sculpture.
Vicki has been collaborating on public and private commissions with her husband, John Larsen , for over a decade. The team has completed several permanent installations including the Oregon Zoo and Main Street Oregon City.
Vicki has taught Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawing and Design in Oregon colleges since 2005 and was a 2017 artist in residence at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Va.
As a resident artist, Vicki is assisting with District Clay's Community Clay program and DCC special projects.