MCAA was established in 1958 in southeastern Michigan as the Michigan Potters’ Association. In 2003, the organization was renamed the Michigan Ceramic Art Association.

Our membership includes studio artists, art educators, galleries, art organizations, potters’ guilds, students, collectors, and other clay enthusiasts from across Michigan and its surrounding areas.

…is to Support the Ceramic Arts in Michigan

The Michigan Ceramic Art Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We rely heavily on individual and business donations to augment the member dues that support our programming and educational events.

We also depend on the generosity of:

  • Artists who donate their time for workshops;
  • Institutions, vendors, and private individuals who contribute space, materials, and funds; and
  • A small group of dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours planning and implementing MCAA activities.

Board of Directors

Brian Kakas


Brian Kakas is Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University located on the shores of Lake Superior and has been a professional ceramic artist for more than 20 years. He is thrilled to be part of the Board of MCAA and wants to focus on the expansion of outreach and opportunities for all members of our vibrant clay community.

Jessica Brandl

At Large

Kelly Lyons

Vice President

Kelly Docter Lyons is a creator and educator, with a background spanning architecture, academia, and museums. She formerly served as the Curator of Education at Cranbrook Art Museum. She maintains her ceramic practice, Lucky Bunny Arts, in collaboration with her husband.

Patty Goodell

At Large

Patricia Goodell is Studio Tech at Henry Ford College and Schoolcraft College. She is a lover of clay and people and is happy to share her time with MCAA to promote all of the great clay people and opportunities available in this great state of Michigan.

William Blackman


Amber Lofty

At Large

Amber Lofty is a professional ceramic artist, educator, and director of Central Clay Studio in Plymouth, Michigan. With a passion for the clay community, she is committed to expanding outreach, resources, and opportunities for education.

Pam Graham


Pam Graham has been creating handbuilt ceramics for more than 20 years. She is a retired automotive engineer and a part time instructor of handbuilding at Clawson Clay Guild. Pam is honored to serve on the MCAA board as secretary and chairperson for 2023 Michigan Mud because she gets to connect with so many generous clay artists. Pam wants to bring more clay workshops and events to Michigan.

Jeff Rottman

At Large

Jeff Rottman is a potter as well as the founder and owner of GR Pottery Forms.