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Frank Mariano | frank.mariano@wilkes.edu Frank Mariano
Frank Mariano is a consultant working with school districts and private entities primarily dealing with behavioral disorders and autism. Mariano has established two private, licensed schools in Pennsylvania to provide services to children and adolescents. The schools were designed to meet the needs of students with psychiatric disorders, emotional disturbances, and autism. In addition he has worked as a teacher, supervisor, and director of special education in the public schools. Mariano has worked over many years to incorporate clinical services into the public schools, and has consulted with many school districts in Pennsylvania and contiguous states to design services to meet the needs of exceptional students in an inclusionary setting in their home school. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Penn State University and completed his Master’s Degree and Supervisory Certificate from Lehigh University. He has been an adjunct professor at Wilkes University for the past three years. Currently, he is working with the Jewish Community Alliance in Wilkes-Barre, PA to establish an innovative program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum of Disorders, and is a consultant to La Meridiana, an International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy. His artistic interests lie in the area of hand built sculptural clay. He has been invited to participate in numerous gallery shows and juried events



Jean Adams - Wilkes UniversityJean Adams | jean.adams@wilkes.edu
Jean Adams has been teaching in the Art Department at Wilkes University since 1985, teaching both ceramic and survey classes. While she considers working at the potter’s wheel to be her first love, Jean has been teaching hand building techniques along with wheel throwing for the past twenty-nine years. Her latest work combines work on the potter’s wheel with hand building techniques. For the past two years, Jean has led the community “Empty Bowls” project, raising more than $19,000 for local food pantries.

“I enjoy making quiet and simple pots that you can live with and react to on a daily basis. I want my pots to serve a purpose, but also stand on their own as strong visual objects. I am intrigued with how clay works; it is fluid by nature, then fixed, and fragile in its final form. I grew up in a house that valued working with your hands and the value of good craftsmanship. I have worked in clay since 1976 because I love the medium and that love has helped me stay excited for all these years. I strive for the highest quality that my abilities allow me to achieve - which is what I also look for in my students.”



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