Children’s Art Teachers:
Jhaya is a Mill Valley based artist and art educator. She is the owner and head teacher of The Little Art Studio at GROW, a unique art program for children ages 1.5-12.
As an art teacher, Jhaya has taught art to children as young as 18 months up to high school students, adults, and those with special needs of all ages since 2003. She holds a B.F.A. and has completed coursework in early childhood education, child developmental and art therapy.
As a fine artist, Jhays has worked extensively across a variety of mediums ranging from sculpture to painting and found/recycled materials. Her work has been shown at many nationally ranked art festivals and at galleries in the USA and Europe over the past 10 years. For more info, visit www.thelittleartstudio.com / www.jhaya.com
Kory has been helping families with young children to make art since 2007, and has been a part of The Little Art Studio at GROW right from the start. Primarily working with the studio’s youngest artists, she especially enjoys facilitating messy sensory and process-based art projects.
Kory can also be found at MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, where she teaches students of all ages both at the museum and in outreach sites across the East Bay. She has studied Art Education and Arts Integration, and she holds an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University.
The Mill Valley Potters Studio Instructors:
Lynne was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and raised outside Boston. She studied ceramics at Wesleyan University and Penland School of Crafts. Since 1986 she has taught classes at MIT, The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Walnut Creek Civic Arts, ASUC at UC Berkeley, and workshops around the country. She also exhibits regularly at craft fairs and galleries. Lynne is widely recognized for her hand carved vessels and tile work.
Robert has been a working artist in the Bay Area for over 10 years. Robert first began with clay over 18 years ago, starting with pottery on the wheel. For over 5 years he ran the intern programs at UC Berkeley’s student union art studio. Robert has a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from The Academy of Art University. Robert’s art has been shown in galleries in New York and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been teaching ceramics for over ten years, at the ASUC Art Studio at UC Berkeley, the Potters’ Studio, the Richmond Art Center, and the Academy of Art University.
A California native, has been working with clay for the last 20+ years, building on a lifelong study of art and architecture. Christopher is constantly exploring the potential of clay and glaze materials in his sculpture and functional work. He continually pushes to the edges of clay’s ability to defy gravity, define space, and live outside of time.
Christopher’s sculptural works include figurative torsos that begin as wheel-thrown cylinders, abstract forms exploring the botanical world, and ceramic landscapes in a series inspired by California’s counties. Christopher also has made a deep exploration of functional pottery, including geometrically-influenced bottles, carafes, and minimalist tea pots. All of his functional ceramics are one-of-a-kind, created as sculptural objects.
Christopher has developed a number of innovative throwing, decorating, and glazing techniques (featured in Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, by Robin Hopper – published by Krause in 2004). He continues to make experimentation an everyday part of his art.