Apple Tree Ceramics
by Carolyn Horan

About Carolyn


Carolyn making a large vessel

I have a B.S. and a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University and an Ed.D. from Nova University in Florida.

Between 1970 and 1988 I was a school counselor, Superintendent of Fairfax School Distict in Marin County and Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Marin County Office of Education. From 1988 to 2001 I was the Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education in Marin County.

I received the Women’s Hall of Fame Award in Marin County 1992, and am featured in a book, “Diva’s, Dames & Dolls: A celebration of the Female Spirit” by Kathleen Fitzgerald, 2005.

In 2002 I enrolled in Santa Rosa Junior College and attended all the ceramic classes offered between then and 2007. Additionally I completed specialty workshops during that period including: Escuela de las Artes with Juan Quezada at a ranch outside Mata Ortiz, Mexico; Raku and Sagger Firing with Charlie and Linda Riggs at a ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; ‘Fast Fire Potree’ with Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis at Steamboat Springs, Colorado; classes at the Center for Arts in Mendocino, California; and I hosted a workshop at my studio with Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis and Eduardo Lazo covering raku, alcohol spray and naked raku techniques.

I have been a member of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Richmond Art Center, Plaza Art Center in Healdsburg, Marin County Center for the Arts, the Gualala Art Center and the Bodega Artisans’ Co-op.

I have a well equipped studio with two electric kilns, a propane gas raku kiln and a 3 x 3 x 6 foot pit for firing on the property. Some of my pots are thrown on the wheel and some are hand-built. My larger sculptures are made of both of clay and cement. I weld the legs for my bird sculptures and make most of my own glazes.