The Community Clay! Team
Community Clay! Director
I grew up on the coast of California in a very creative family. As a child, I was given many opportunities to make art, some of which involved clay. In high school and college, I took ceramics classes and I loved working on the wheel.
My wife and I moved to DC in 2015 for a teaching certification program. I have been teaching elementary art since the 2016-2017 school year and am currently an art teacher with DC Public Schools. With this work I have been able to give many students some of their first experiences with clay. Through Community Clay, I hope to help more of DC’s young residents get access to pottery through community, school and family partnerships.
Community Clay! Teachers
District Clay's three resident artists co-teach classes at THEARCH with Chris Targoni.
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.
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. She has interned at the Archie Bray Institute and was a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Montana at Missoula. Samantha has recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
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.