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Instructors

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Jen Cotton has been working in ceramics for over 17 years and has experience in handbuilding, wheel throwing and slip casting.  With her ceramics line,  she looks to bring a soft, modern style that highlights how the beauty of porcelain can transform everyday life.

She has participated in gallery shows at the Lyons Wier Gallery and Choplet Gallery in NYC and her functional work has been featured on sites like Refinery29 and Made and State.

Jen received her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School for Design and has been teaching ceramics since 2009

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Sasinun Kladpetch "Sasi" is a San Francisco based multimedia artist. She was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Kladpetch received her Bachelor’s degree in Decorative Art majored in Ceramic at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2016 she graduated with a Master’s degree from San Francisco Art Institute. 

She currently has her pottery brand "Sasicrafts" which is a combination of home decor and jewelry designed and handcrafted by her.  

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Olivia Donnini has worked with clay all of her life. Originally a handbuilder, she also loves throwing on the wheel to make functional wares and miniature pottery. 
She is excited about introducing folks to clay for the first time, and believes that, at the end of the day, it's just mud so we should have some fun with it!
When she's not teaching or selling her work at local craft fairs, you can find her drawing new slab stencils, throwing off of the hump, or making dinner sets. 
Glazing is her favorite part of the ceramics process -- she's always happy to talk colors and textures

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

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'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. 

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In 2014, Janina decided to pursue a Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. While at UNCW her emphasis was MIG welding steel sculptures and the relationship they played with non-metal materials. After taking her second wheel throwing class, Janina's art trajectory shifted from steel to clay.

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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.