Liz Proffetty, Newcastle ME

Owner, Ceramic and Art Teacher, Maker of Liz Proffetty Ceramics

Liz moved to Maine to attend Maine College of Art (formerly Portland School of Art) in 1985, where she majored in both printmaking and ceramics.  Upon gradation she was hired to work at a small pottery shop in Damariscotta, Maine as a production potter.  The repetition suited her desire to improve her skills with clay, but over time she realized she loved passing that knowledge on to others too. She went back to school to become a teacher, earning certificates in both Elementary Education and K-12 Art. She has been teaching ceramics for 18 years in various settings: public schools, MudMobile Instructor for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and her home studio. She has also had a small studio next to her home for many years where she makes her own work (Liz Proffetty Ceramics) for retail at a few selective shops and galleries and teaches people of all ages ceramics. She is very excited to open this new community studio where she can do what she loves: make pots and teach ceramics and art in her community. 

Sarah Simmons, Damariscotta, ME

Apprentice/Studio Assistant

Sarah is a recent graduate of Lincoln Academy where she developed her love and skill for working in clay.  Here at Neighborhood Clay she is involved in all aspects of the studio.  She assists in teaching, retail, making glazes and firing kilns.  She can also be found enjoying her studio time throwing and sculpting.  

Alexsondra Tomasulo, Walpole, ME

Ceramic Teacher

We are incredibly lucky to have Alex teaching at Neighborhood Clay! She has been working in clay for over forty years. She has taught in schools and her own private studio as well. Her work has been shown in galleries in Maine, New York, New Jersey and Michigan.

She loves teaching, as she believes in the inherent healing qualities of clay and it’s ability to bring about a deeper understanding of self discovery.

To contact her directly: actomasulo@gmail.com 


Neighborhood Clay is offering watercolor lessons taught by Erica Qualey! 

Erica Qualey, Walpole, ME

Watercolor Teacher 




Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine and works as a watercolor artist and illustrator. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Recently, one of her paintings has been selected to be published in Splash 19, a yearly publication of watercolor paintings from North America. She has lead workshops for adults at Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deere Isle, and other art associations. She has participated in visiting artist programs in public schools and runs after school art programs for K-8 kids at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta. See examples of her work at http://ericaqualey.weebly.com/