Tony Moore's wood-fire kiln, art studio and the Ligenza Moore Gallery offers several Kiln Assistant and one Studio Assistant position.

While some of the following assistants have held these for several years, or are just commencing, periodically positions may change or be added. We are most grateful for all the help these individuals have given to the kiln and studio, as well as those participants who assist with each firing.

Please enquire if interested in becoming an assistant.

Jessikah flipping the coals in the anagama.

Jessikah Ann
Studio Assistant, 2014 - Aug. 2015

Jessikah began working with clay in 1996 at the age of 5. While recently a BFA graduate from Pratt, she has wood-fired at Tony's kiln since 2011, becoming his Studio Assistant in 2014. She is currently a wheel instructor at The Potter's Wheel, Queens, NY and is pursuing a career as a full-time studio potter. Her current work combines modern forms with images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Jessikah has participated in numerous juried regional exhibitions and was Artist in Residence at Worcester Center for Crafts, MA, in fall 2015 thru '16.

Deb ready to grind shelves.

Deborah Rosenbloom
Lead Kiln Assistant, Since 2008

Deborah has been a part-time potter since 1970 and committed wood-firer since 1999. She began at Greenwich House in NYC, had her own studio in Massachusetts for 8 yrs. and worked extensively with the late Malcolm Davis, both in perfecting her approach to porcelain and learning the intricacies of shino glaze. "Primarily, porcelain bottles have consumed me for several years and as long as the wood-fire is so kind to them I will continue to explore." Deborah commenced working with Tony in 2008, quickly becoming his lead kiln assistant. She also partners at Lynn's studio firing gas and salt kilns.

Lynn glazing test tiles.

Lynn Isaacson
Kiln Assistant 2013-2018

Lynn has been a visual artist since the 60's, primarily as a painter, with works held in corporate and private collections. In 2000, while teaching in NYC, she became involved with clay and is now seriously committed to making functional pottery. The spirit of creating objects which are not only beautiful to see and hold, but have a purpose in our daily lives, gives her tremendous pleasure – using them for meals with friends and family. Lynn has wood-fired at Tony's kiln since 2008 and also fires gas and salt kilns at her "New Prospect Pottery", Pine Bush, NY. She exhibits her work in regional shows, fairs and Etsy

Meg Beaudoin
Kiln Assistant 2013 – 2019

Meg "makes her life" as a full time ceramic artist in the woods of Stone Ridge, N.Y. She has fired her work at Tony's kiln since 2009. Her wood fired ceramics are both sculptural and functional, inspired by the natural world and the human body. Her pieces aim to reflect the color, depth and perfect imperfection of natural forms. "The act of making connects me to myself and to the world." Meg's work has been juried into numerous regional shows as well as local galleries in Woodstock and Kingston, N.Y. Meg’s work has been exhibited at Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, numerous regional juried shows as well as local galleries.

Deborah Heid
Kiln Assistant, Since 2015

Deborah began working with clay in 2005 and since 2010 has fired at Tony's wood-fire kiln. Her ceramic works are influenced by traditional styles that have their roots in the aesthetics of Japanese and Korean pottery. Deborah's pots are "imbued with a love of nature and a desire to explore contrasts in everyday life". She is an Artist Member at the Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, where she maintains a studio and has participated in numerous regional juried exhibitions.

Catherine Thomas
Kiln Assistant, Since 2016

Catherine joins the crew from Toronto, Canada where she resides. She is an avid wood-fire enthusiast, firing many times a year in various kilns in both Canada and New York State. She brings a professional engineering background to her work and has experience building and firing many different wood-fire kilns. She hand builds functional and sculptural vessels which are represented by The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art shop in Toronto as well as local gallery exhibitions. Catherine’s works are represented in regional and international private collections and she is “thrilled to be a kiln assistant at the Tony Moore Wood-fire Kiln.”

Jenna Pyzowski
Kiln Assistant, Since 2020

Jenna is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in the Hudson Valley. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2018. Her background is in figurative drawing and painting, leaning towards classical realism. She began her ceramics practice primarily sculpting figures and portraits but has also been producing functional work in the years since graduating college. She first participated in a wood fire while in school and fell in love with the process. She is drawn to the nuanced beauty of the surfaces created by the atmosphere in the kiln. She often decorates her pieces by carving checkered patterns into a layer of ironrich slip and allowing the flame and melting ash to complete the affect. Jenna began firing at Tony’s kiln in 2019 and became a kiln assistant in 2020. She is a studio member at The Newburgh Pottery where she also teaches children’s classes. Jenna has exhibited her work in local galleries as well as in Baltimore, MD and Florence, Italy.