Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery

Our Teachers

The combined experience of our teachers spans decades. Many have first learned to make pottery at Mud, Sweat & Tears and have become expert in working with students of all levels. We have successfully utilized a method that’s worked for hundreds of first-time potters for the past 30 years. We’re confident our teachers can guide you to success!
Jimjim Deliman
Jim has worked as a potter and instructor at Mud, Sweat and Tears for almost 10 years. He originally hails from Lorain, Ohio and has traveled extensively as an actor and artist. His work ranges from classic forms, Arts & Crafts style, Southwestern, Grecian, Roman and Contemporary styles. Jim’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest and Metropolitan Home.
bob gerekeBob Gereke
Bob worked in the entertainment industry for many years. When he settled in NY, he pursued many different venues of creativity. Prior to submerging himself in pottery, Bob was proficient in creating stained glass.
Boo Kitty and Me 001Patricia Oetken
My love affair with clay began in 2003 when a good friend who happened to own a pottery studio suggested that I bury my grief in mud, and so I signed up for a class. Although I was not a natural with this medium, working in clay turned out to be a comfort and a salvation for me; frustrating at first, I was nonetheless compelled to “master” the art of wheel throwing. I have not done that, and am not certain it can be done, but I am forever hooked on clay and the infinite creative possibilities it offers to everyone. Being able to share my knowledge of the craft with others has given me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. I find great joy in teaching, and am constantly amazed by what students create, and I learn something from each and every one of them.Mud Sweat and Tears is my “Cheers”, a place where everybody knows my name, and I’ve found a family with the remarkable artists who practice their craft here.
rustyRusty Riegelman
Rusty’s been a resident of Mud, Sweat and Tears for 20 years. Her loose, playful practicality is evident in everything she makes.
bebe teachBebe Federman
Bebe found her passion for clay at a pottery studio on Long Island more than 15 years ago, and first began instructing pottery classes in 1997.  She has since demonstrated and instructed classes at Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and for the BOCES Arts-in-Education Program in Suffolk County.  She has taught people of all ages through various community outreach programs and now concentrates on children’s and teen’s ceramic programs and classes for special needs students.  Bebe frequently attends workshops and classes, and continues to expand her knowledge of ceramics and develop her artist expression.

anne.mulfordAnne Mulford

Honored and thoroughly excited to be joining the fabulous community that makes up the Mud, Sweat and Tears community, Anne Davis Mulford has survived and thrived for the last twenty plus years in Las Vegas, Nevada; the City of Sin where only certain sins are acceptable.

After moving there in the early ’90s to attend UNLV, Mulford quickly became quite the local celebrity through her wildly popular society column in the Las Vegas Bugle aptly entitled  “An Audience with Princess Anne”. She is known almost everywhere she has lived or visited to this day, as “Princess Anne” for her outspoken community activism; as well as her provocative, political, sexual and often feminist oriented sculpture and mixed media installations; and yes, for her stint as a real live Las Vegas Showgirl.

Anne received an MFA in ceramic sculpture and critical theory from UNLV in the 1990s. She has taught every skill level and age group from 3-93 both throwing and handbuilding; worked with numerous community programs similar to Mud, Sweat and Tears; and wants everyone to know unequivocally, that she has equal respect for the artistry and skills of both the potter and the handbuilder.

She has taught off and on as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, UNLV in Vegas and NYU since moving here in 2013. Anne was an invited Artist in Residence at the Banff Center for the Arts, and in 2005 she was included in the show “100 years of Influence: The Women Who Shaped Las Vegas” at the Las Vegas Museum of Art.



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