Frank is a retired professor, having taught for more than thirty years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He graduated from Alfred University with his MFA in Ceramics and from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA. His first teaching job was a four-year experience at Auburn University in Alabama. While at UMass, he had the opportunity to participate in or lead student groups to France for a number of summer programs. Frank also held the positions of Graduate, Freshman Foundation and Undergraduate Program Director. Ceramics, drawing and 2D / 3D design are the courses he most often taught.
Professionally, he is best known for his ceramic work and has been rewarded for his efforts with a number of grants, residencies and inclusion in public and private collections. These include an NEA, and two Massachusetts Arts Council grants.
Frank has always made two and three- dimensional work. Having had a long and active career in making art, it is no surprise that he has made art in many different formats, sizes, function and subject matter. Usually his 2D and 3D work do not share or overlap subject matter. When imagery or interests in one media are similar to another it is usually at a later point in time. Printmaking, specifically the subject of the “Vessel” is the current primary focus of his art activity.
Frank maintains an active studio life and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Francine Trearchis Ozereko
Francine has been working with clay for over 40 years. She has mainly created objects for the home, but also has made large scale installations, sculpture, and many wall pieces with a variety of clays and methods of working. For the past 20 years or so, she has focused on porcelain, and uses the sgraffito technique to realize her imagery. She enjoys the stark contrast of very white porcelain and black slips, and the carving, incising, very “hands on” approach to her chosen technique. Her work has been exhibited and sold throughout the US, Canada and beyond. She lives in Pelham, Massachusetts, where she shares a studio with her husband, Frank.