Established in 1958 in southeastern Michigan as the Michigan Potters’ Association and in 2003 renamed Michigan Ceramic Art Association. Our membership includes studio artists, art educators, galleries, art organizations, potters guilds, students and collectors.

Our Mission:
To Support the Ceramic Arts in Michigan.

The Michigan Ceramic Art Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To fund our programs, we rely heavily on donations from individuals and businesses to augment dues collected from our members. Even more important, we rely on the generosity of artists who donate their time for workshops, on institutions who contribute space, materials and funds, and on a small group of dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours planning and implementing MCAA activities.

MCAA 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.

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.

William Blackman


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.

Sarah Maki

At Large

Sarah Maki is a design professional who holds a passion for all things made of clay. She has served on the board of MCAA for the past 7 years and is motivated to serve by the amazing artists in the Michigan ceramics community.

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.

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.

Jeff Rottman

At Large

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