Instructors

Jamie found clay in 2014 and hasn’t been able to get out of the mud since! She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Missouri State University. Her work was previously exhibited internationally at the MenLo Gallery in Jingdezhen, China. Working mostly in clay, she draws inspiration from her family and her beloved chicken family members. Jamie takes nostalgic memories and makes them permanent in clay. Past students have described Jamie as very friendly instructor and "she offered options and alternatives to help figure out their own style".

Jonah Nuñez

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Jonah's clay experience started in high school and quickly grew to be his primary passion. While studying film at UC Santa Cruz, he was one of the managers of the Merrill Pottery Cooperative for three consecutive years. Despite never formally studying ceramics, he honed in his craft of wheel throwing by learning from the community of ceramic artists around him. After graduating in 2019, he taught classes in Los Angeles for a year before relocating to the bay area in the fall. Both his teaching and practice are constantly evolving, as he feels there is much to learn before settling on a style. 

Ben Saccone

Ben tries to push boundaries in his art, and helps his students do the same. He brings energetic optimism to the classroom, and emphasizes that failure is always an option as long as there’s something to learn from it. Ben is known for his vases and sculptures that take up the entire height of the kiln, and will gladly teach techniques for throwing bigger in his classes and power hours. After studying biological engineering in college, he’s taking time to pursue his artistic side and explore ceramics as an art form, while bringing that passion to Clayroom.

Alison Ye

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Alison Ye was born in China in 1990. She received BFA in Ceramic from Sichuan Fine Art Institute and MFA in Sculpture from Academy of Art University. She inspired by her personal and friend’s love stories. She creates playful characters in clay or metal to play those stories. In 2015 she received the “Best in Show”,1st Place Award for sculpture during the annual Academy of Art Spring Show. In 2016 she received Art and Perception/ Technical Merit Award from National Student Juried Exhibition. She has showed her work at Modern Eden Gallery ,Carnegie Art Center, 111Minna Gallery, and Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

Shelley began spinning the wheel in the 70's and received an art degree emphasizing ceramics from UC Santa Cruz. She spent many years working with galleries across the country selling whimsical brightly glazed fountains. Currently she is working on altered bottle forms and creating horse sculptures, always stimulated by new directions and the many wonderful manifestations of clay.

Chiara Reagan

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San Francisco native Chiara, has always loved dirt. She spent a good amount of time playing in mud puddles, inside and outside of the classroom, before attending the San Francisco Art Institute. There she continued to get her hands dirty, broadening her horizons to various other materials, and was awarded her BFA in sculpture. Now coming back to her muddy roots, she predominantly teaches wheel throwing classes, using her 10+ years of experience to walk her students through the technical aspects of making. She strives to cultivate a fun yet still thoughtful and instructive classroom where students can challenge themselves to find their creative voice through clay — or simply find a space for peace in a constantly moving world.

Judy Waitz

Judy Waitz received a broad ceramic education through studio classes, college courses and many workshops around the country. She has been a potter since 1995 and has been teaching hand building and throwing classes since 1999. Her work focuses on functional pieces and has been exhibited throughout the U.S.

Barbara Vanderbeck is a San Francisco based artist who remembers being smitten with clay from a very early age. Barbara received her MA in Ceramics from Northern Arizona University and has extensive experience teaching all levels in various institutions. Passionate about the creative process, she delights in sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Neil Gershgorn

Neil Gershgorn

Neil's teaching style blends excitement, energy, and mindfulness to help students understand the foundational principles of ceramics. His passion is to conquer the initial hurdles of ceramics and help students feel successful in the studio. Personal attention, catered techniques to help the individual succeed, and having fun with clay is his signature style. 

Kelsey Segasser

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Kelsey grew up in Michigan and has been working with clay since high school. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in ceramics and sculpture and has worked with various materials such as clay, metal, wood, marble, and plaster. She has found a passion for mold making and slip casting and encourages her students to experiment with unique non-ceramic forms and slip design techniques. She strives to push the envelope with her class offerings and incorporate projects that combine various skills and materials.

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Kelly grew up in Illinois and first got her hands in clay 11 years ago while receiving her BFA at Western Illinois University.  She now runs her own ware brand Nola Mae Ceramics that has been mentioned in Vogue Italia & Bob Cut Magazine. You can find her work in stores nation wide as well as local pop ups and craft fairs. Kelly is passionate about teaching her students how to find their voice in clay through more advanced instruction. 

Originally from Maryland, Ryan has worked in the world of professional ceramics for over a decade, both in production and education. He has recently taught at Clay By the Bay and The Clay Underground, and has helped to found Clayroom.

Past students have described his teaching style as "very thorough, very patient and extremely nice. The class is very relaxed and there is no pressure to come out with a masterpiece."

Ryan holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics and Printmaking from Frostburg State University.

Susan Gold

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Susan Gold began hand building with clay in her mother's studio at the age of three. For the last 25 years she has been working on the wheel exclusively, creating both functional and decorative pieces. Since 2006 she has taught pottery classes to children and adults at Sharon Art Studio and beginning in 2018 at Clayroom. Her interest has taken her to pottery centers in Japan, China, North Carolina, New Mexico and Montana, exposing her to a wide range of techniques and styles which she incorporates into her teaching and her own work. She exhibits her at San Francisco Women Artists Gallery and Dogpatch Potters.