Craig Telles was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1962, and has lived up and down the east coast, and in the San Francisco Bay area.  He currently lives in Rough and Ready (yes, really), California amidst the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  He comes from a family of Portuguese immigrants comprising artists, musicians, scientists, and craftsmen who have influenced his art and crafts since childhood.

Craig received his BA from Clark University, Worcester, MA and later graduated (with honors) from the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design.  He is primarily a self-taught artist who seeks out teachers who’s artwork he admires.  He began his professional career as a computer scientist, but later changed careers entirely to become a faux painter in San Francisco for seven years.  Next, after a year of trade school, he set up shop in Sausalito, California as a professional boatbuilder for fifteen years.

While studying ceramics at Sierra College, Craig was awarded the 2015 Hallberg Merit Award.  He has exhibited at the Blue Line Arts Gallery in Roseville, CA, The Artery in Davis, CA and is currently represented by the Old Town Gallery in Auburn, CA.  He studied figure sculpture with Tip Toland and Philippe Faraut, and his pottery is influenced by local mentors Dick Hotchkiss and Sam Tubiolo.