Where Clay = Community

About Read Heat Ceramic Art Studio

Tulsa's newest ceramic art studio.

A place to come together...

At Red Heat Ceramic Art Sutio, local artists will find affordable access to studio space and professional quality equipment. Ceramics classes and workshops will be offered for adults of all levels, from beginning to experienced artists. We will also host visiting artist workshops, studio sales, and group exhibition opportunities for resident and studio members.

We are a diverse group of Tulsa-based clay artists, from sculptors to potters, that care about clay in our lives and our community.  As clay artists we are actively looking for ways to make a difference in this thriving art community, through teaching, making, and exhibiting our own work, and participating in dialogue that might lead to new community clay opportunities. We are passionate about our current studio work and each other. We love to share what we make with the art community of Tulsa.

How it all began...

Red Heat Ceramic Art Studio is owned and operated by Whitney Forsyth, a ceramic artist and accomplished art professor. She has lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1999 and taught ceramics at the University of Tulsa for 17 years. She has a BFA from Oklahoma State University and a MFA from New Mexico State University. Her ceramic work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and art centers, as well as private and public art collections throughout the United States. Whitney is passionate about equipping and inspiring a new community of ceramic artists.

Whitney has hand-picked a team of local emerging and established ceramic artists who are eager to be residents, artists, and teachers at Red Heat Ceramic Studio. Many of these artists hold undergraduate and graduate degrees, have taken university courses in clay, are attending workshops at other ceramic studios around the country, and are actively producing and exhibiting their work.

watershed residency artists


Whitney Forsyth, Owner
Mary Whitney, Studio Administrator
Adrien Lee, Studio Technician
Amy Sanders, Studio Assistant
Tony Burks, Studio Assistant


Cathryn Thomas

Tulsa artist and musician Cathryn Thomas received her MM in Piano in 2001 and her MFA in ceramics in 2012 at the University of Tulsa. She is an experienced teacher, has taught elementary art and music for Tulsa Public Schools and currently teaches art and music courses for Tulsa Community College.  Her ceramic sculpture and functional dishware are regularly exhibited at Tulsa galleries such as 108 Contemporary and Liggett Studios, as well as in private collections.


Clayton Keyes

Clayton is a native Tulsan, graduating with his MFA from the University of Tulsa in 2011.  He is an experienced art professor and was Head of Ceramics program at Westminster College for 8 years.  His figurative clay work has been shown nationally, has received awards and has been published and reviewed in magazines, books and online forums.  Clayton teaches workshops at universities, ceramic art centers and conferences throughout the US.


Whitney Forsyth

Whitney is a studio artist and accomplished art professor who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She served as an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Tulsa from 1999-2016. She received her MFA from New Mexico State University and has been making large scale ceramic sculpture and installation for most of her art career.  Her ceramic work has been exhibited in art centers, galleries, and museums in the US, as well as private and public art collections. Whitney is the owner of Red Heat Ceramic Art Studio.


Nicki Wood

Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Nicki believes that the connections made through handmade objects are the ones that encourage fellowship and community.  She draws inspiration from Mexican Folk Art, Pop Art and discarded items of the past, thrift store and antique shop treasures.  Nicki has a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and an MFA from the University of Tulsa.  She has received national grants and awards for her ceramic work.  She has taught at the university level as well as in museum schools and community clay centers.

Take a look at our artists' ceramic work...