Faculty

LAgaran-300x244Lisa Agaran: Lisa Agaran is a professional Mixed Media Artist and Instructor. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibits throughout Los Angeles and New Mexico. Lisa’s work has been published in Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling (published by North Light Books). She has a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Masters in Psychology. Prior to her art career she worked as a Licensed Therapist (Inactive), Creativity Coach and Graphic Designer. Lisa also taught one of the core certification courses at the Creativity Coaching Association where she also trained under renown Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel. Integrating both her artistic and psychology background Lisa has worked with artists and creative professionals with their careers and creative potential. From her own personal experience with the creative process, Lisa understands first hand how to work passed the blocks that keeps us from accessing our true creativity. For more information about Lisa and to view her artwork visit ArtbyLisaAgaran.com

Lynda Brothers: Lynda Brothers has been weaving and designing tapestries for over 45 years. She has owned studio/galleries in Aspen, Colorado; Taos, New Mexico; Cape Town, South Africa; Ojai, CA; and presently has her studio in Moorpark, CA where she works on and teaches tapestry, silk painting, marbling on fabric and other surface design techniques. For the past 16 years she has taught weaving and art to children at Colfax Elementary School in North Hollywood, CA, was assistant theater director and designed numerous sets for children’s theatre.  Brothers’ work gives the impression of “painting with fiber”, with texture, color and techniques flowing together with harmonious ease. She is experienced with weaving on a variety of looms but prefers the High Warp Loom which allows her to view the tapestry as it proceeds.  From 1974-1976 Brothers worked with two other master weavers on a major project for the Paarl Civic Centre outside of Cape Town, South Africa. She worked with award winning architects Munnik, Visser, Black and Fish on the enormous woven wall mural (375 Square Meters) which was designed to represent the landscape and life styles of one of the world’s richest wine growing areas. The Paarl Tapestry incorporated all hand-dyed yarns and multiple innovative weaving techniques.

Kylie ChoiKiley Choi: Kiley Choi is a ceramic artist who received her BA in Ceramic and Fiber Art from Seoul Women’s University in South Korea, while also working as a teaching assistant. She spent her childhood in Korea and Japan where her contemporary yet traditional aesthetics was developed. After graduating, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked in local ceramic studios. Currently she runs her small business where she creates beautiful everyday objects, which led her to work with several restaurants and a chef for their tableware.  You can view her work at Yen Works.

 

 

julie crouchJulie Crouch: Julie Crouch is a graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School.  When she retired from practicing law in 2002, she started taking watercolor classes and hasn’t put her brushes down since.  She has studied with Gerald Brommer, Frank Eber, Tom Fong, Frank Francese, Fealing Lin, Barbara Nechis, Carl Purcell, Brenda Swenson, Mel Stabin, Joseph Stoddard, Christine Sullivan, Chris Van Winkle and other local artists.  Julie teaches watercolor weekly at the City of San Gabriel Community Services Department. Julie is currently on the Boards of Watercolor West and Mid-Valley Arts League and has also served on the Board of National Watercolor Society.  She is a member of Valley Watercolor Society and has received the Valley Watercolor Society Top Honors Award in their 2012 and 2015 juried exhibitions.  Her work has been juried in to several national exhibitions.  Julie lives in La Canada with her husband of 35 years, Chuck Crouch. www.juliecrouchart.com

 

 

Rebecca EdelmanRebecca Edelman: Rebecca holds an M.A. in English and has been teaching for the past 26 years. She has studied ceramics under Bob Bullock, Lynn Hendricks, George Sherman, and Annette Shafrazian. She enjoys attending various local workshops as well as enthusiastically taking classes at Creative Arts Group.

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Erickson: Erickson, Kristen WebKristen is a multi-disciplined designer who lives and works in beautiful Pomona, California, as well as in the Los Angeles area. The early focus of her career has been on building and interior architecture. Currently, she is the sole proprietor of a small business where she designs and creates ceramic works, jewelry and modern objects which are sold in a variety of Los Angeles boutiques. She is also a freelance graphic designer who has created several business logos as well as designs for various printed materials. Long story short: She is a maker of many things.  http://www.kris10erickson.com/about/

 

 

Cathy Imhoff: Cathy ImoffCathy received a BA in Art Education from Kent State University. She has a teaching credential and has been involved in art through teaching and administrative positions in local organizations. Her own artistic pursuits have been primarily with mixed media and found object art.

 

 

 

 

CJohnson-webChristy Johnson:  Christy Johnson is Director Emeritus of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona. Following the receipt of a BA in English Literature from California State University Los Angeles, Johnson changed her emphasis to art and ceramic studies – most notably, Otis Art Institute under Ralph Bacerra and Pasadena City College with Phil Cornelius. Recognized for her lengthy career as a studio potter, Johnson has participated in many exhibitions. She has received awards, presented workshops, and served on jury panels.  After twenty years in the ceramic field, Johnson gradually shifted to producing and curating art exhibitions. In 1999 she accepted a full-time curatorial position with the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, and was involved in the early development of the Center’s non-profit status. Exhibitions Johnson produced for the Millard Sheets Center included a Sam Maloof wood-working retrospective and collaborating with Judy Chicago on the Envisioning the Future exhibition, a community project.  From the time of its opening in 2004 until her retirement in 2013, Johnson facilitated the museum’s diverse, five-exhibition-a-year schedule, featuring such topics as American Art Tile, California-made Dinnerware, Temmoku glazes, and well-known ceramic artists such as Paul Soldner, Peter Voulkos, Don Reitz, Rudy Autio, and Pati Warashina. Johnson has written articles for ceramic/craft magazines and authored a book on Harrison McIntosh to accompany AMOCA’s McIntosh exhibition. Most recently, Johnson was involved with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, producing an exhibition and book entitled, Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.  Johnson’s memberships include: ArtTable, California Art Educators Association, American Ceramic Society, California Association of Museums, and American Museum Alliance.

Susie Kustner webSuzanne Kustner: Suzanne Kustner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education with a minor in art from California State University in Los Angeles. She has also studied with many internationally known enamelists. Suzanne is a member of the National Enamelist Society and several regional guilds. She has taught enameling at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre California since 1979 and served as art consultant for the Duarte School District for ten years. Suzanne participates in several California art festivals including: Creative Arts Group Art Festival in Sierra Madre, Artistic License Fair in Costa Mesa, and Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Art Festival in Sierra Madre. You can see some of her work on her website, Enamels by Suzanne.

 

 

 

Lenny Larson: Lenny Larson WebLenny Larson is a master potter, former owner of Ceramic Services, inc. and accomplished ceramic artist. Designer of the ceramic industries finest Raku Kiln, exceptional front loading kilns as well as beautifully crafted ceramic equipment. Growing up in Laguna Beach, Lenny was exposed to fine art at an early age. His father was a finished carpenter and this is where Lenny gained his work ethic and his love for fine craftsmanship.Earning his AA Degree from Orange Coast College, Lenny went on the get his BFA and MFA from Otis Art Institute in 1975 majoring in Ceramics and minoring in Printmaking. Lenny began working as a production potter in various commercial potteries throughout Southern California for 18 years. Eventually Lenny managed a large ceramic lamp manufacture in Los Angeles that led to him becoming the head of equipment sales for Laguna Clay Co. He then ran their mold shop and designed a line of gas fired kilns. In 1999 Lenny became the plant manager for a large ceramic tile manufacture, Jeffrey Court, inc. He designed new efficient production manufacturing methods as well as setting up a new production facility.
Recently, Lenny Larson sold his interest in Ceramic Services to a group that is continuing the studio and expanding on what Lenny built. Lenny is now devoting his time to developing his ceramic art, functional pottery and sculpture. He is teaching and holding workshops on his vast knowledge of the ceramic process. http://www.lennylarson.com/

 

Gina Lawson EganGina Lawson Egan: Gina Lawson Egan works in the Los Angeles area and lives with her family in Ontario, California. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan, and studied with the late Paul Soldner for her MFA in Ceramics from the Claremont Graduate University. Gina currently teaches Ceramics at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her works are in prestigious collections throughout the United States. http://www.ginalawsonegan.com/

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Lavieri: Jeanne LavieriJeanne holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education at CSUN and teaches art full-time at a high school. She has been working in clay since high school and also expresses her ideas through drawing, printmaking and poetry. She believes that creativity is innate and enjoys helping students make the most of their artistic potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

douglas louie - small Douglas Louie:  I was born in the year of the rat. In the photo, I am in a cat cafe in Tokyo.  The cats ignore me until I buy some food for them. I took my first ceramics class and many others after that at PCC.  I wasn’t very good.  I got better by making lots of pots.  Lots and lots of pots.

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Matz:  Born and raised in New York, moved to California and attended Thousand Oaks High School.  Received a BA in Design from UCLA and a BFA in Graphic Design (Communication Arts) from CSULB.  I’ve always loved learning and have continually taken classes since childhood.  Night school included Art Center, Otis, UCLA Extension, cooking classes, language classes, you name it.  While at UCLA, I took a Landscape Architecture class on a whim and loved doing precise, detailed graphic drawing.  At that time, the school would bring in practicing professionals and I just happened to be asked by this instructor to work for him in his Beverly Hills office upon graduation.  I worked as a Landscape Project Designer for many years hand-drawing presentation and working plans for commercial projects, such as:  schools, golf courses, hotels and government buildings.  My husband and I moved from Los Angeles to South Pasadena in the early 90’s.  At that time, I discovered bead shops and my love for creating jewelry was born.  I took a few classes at Farrin O’Connor in the mid 90’s, but due to my long work schedule,  I stopped taking classes.  About 8 years ago, I rediscovered Farrin O’Connor, began working there and helping the owner, Margo, run the school and retail supply store. Margo, needing a summer off from teaching, asked me to teach a couple of Micro Torch classes.  Yikes, I had used one once and wasn’t too sure of myself.  But low and behold, I learned to push that small butane filled torch to its limits.  The rest is history.  http://www.suematzjewelry.com/

 

Dawn Mendelson: DawnMendelson2016With a unique palette of the colors and textures of broken china, Southern California artist Dawn Mendelson applies pique assiette mosaic to a variety of forms and surfaces. Initially a creative writer, she has found the intent of her words is more readily expressed through the immediacy of color. By combining handcrafted bits of ceramic with mass-produced china, she joins the past and the present, creating surprising harmony through the language of mosaic. Dawn works on both big and small projects, from fine vases to large scale murals for public and private spaces. She has been featured on HGTV and also teaches beginning mosaic, working with both adults and children. She is Artistic Director and an instructor with Piece by Piece, a non-profit organization that brings mosaic art to inner-city communities. Her work is exhibited in institutions and private collections; and is available through various museum stores and galleries throughout the western region.  www.dawnmendelson.com/

 

PMorrisBioPhotoPete Morris:  Pete Morris is passionate about watercolor and has been painting for more than 20 years.  He works-full time as a graphic artist for a silkscreen printing company and paints watercolors during his lunch breaks, on the drive home from work, on weekends and evenings, whenever he can squeeze it in.  The result is hundreds of watercolors painted each year.  Whenever possible, he paints on location, “plein air”, but he also does work in his studio. He is known for his Rte. 66 series, paintings of scenes along the historic highway. Recently, Pete has had exhibits at Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena, Azusa Pacific University, Artshare LA in the Arts District, Archives Bookstore in Pasadena and Sierra Madre City Hall.  He posts his ongoing work almost every day on Facebook. Pete has self-published two books.  One is called Curbside LA, and is sketches of Los Angeles neighborhoods done to and from work and during his lunch hour.  The second is called Riding the Metro and is sketches of people in their environment on Metro trains and buses.  Both books are available on the blurb.com website and can be purchased online in their store. Pete’s work can be seen on his website, houseportraitsbypete.com.  You can see Pete in action by viewing a video entitled Metro Da Vinci on YouTube.  You can contact Pete at petemorrisart@yahoo.com.

 

Ferril Nawir:Ferril Nawir Ferril’s Indonesian heritage is rooted in a world where mysticism thrives alongside industrial progress. How to link this Asian world of the mystical and primal with Western contemporary reality has been his life-long quest. How to bridge these worlds, to bring the ancient into modern relevance, to find the unity in seemingly opposing truths is the drive behind his art.
Ferril found the bridge in the approach. Where artists approach a canvas with oils, watercolors and acrylics, his cultural heritage gave him a three dimensional gift, where art is brought out from the depths of the canvas, rising to the surface. Color is transferred in dyes, saturating and layering, colluding and meshing, only to be disciplined and guided by the power of wax. Water becomes an active player in coaxing the images to the surface, readying the canvas for deeper stratums of penetration, until finally, the image that Ferril held in his mind reveals itself, expanding from deep within the canvas. Sustained, held, captured.

This is Batik.  His canvas is fabric and wood. Through this portal, he pulls forth his art, where the spirit of his ancestors, and the mysticism of their world, finds a place to belong, today.

 

Kimberly Munson Nicholson:  Kim Nicholson 2Kimberly is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and holds a BFA in Jewelry & Metal Smithing from California State University, Long Beach. She is a master goldsmith and finds pride in teaching her love of jewelry making to others. Not only has she worked locally as a bench jeweler at Boxx Jewelers in Monrovia, but also has been part of the creative team at Me Pohaly’s Jewelers in Covina. She has earned a positive reputation as a local custom jeweler by providing personal attention, and quality work at a reasonable cost. You can see some of her work in our gallery. Most of these items are representative of what can be made here in our classroom.

 

 

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Kellyn Palmisano: Kellyn Palmisano webKellyn has worked with clay for more than 25 years. She studied ceramics and sculpture with Phil Cornelius at Pasadena City College. She also studied with and recently expanded her glazing artistry under the guidance of Jean Taylor.During the past 15 years, while working in public libraries, Kellyn has inspired children and adults alike with art programs, storytime presentations and eye-catching visual displays. Her innate creativity is matched by her calm, articulate and engaging teaching skills. She also enjoys writing, watercolor and glass fusing. Kellyn’s dichroic glass jewelry can be found in our gallery. She finds inspiration in literature and the art of ancient civilizations. Natural elements — particularly those related to the ocean — are at the core of her vision.

 

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Scott Pangburn, Lab Technician & Teacher: Scott came to Creative Arts Group from Citrus College and Ceramic Services/The Clay Yard where he became proficient in firing, loading and unloading kilns as well as mixing glazes, repairing ceramics equipment, maintaining inventory, assisting with teaching and laying out new ceramic department space. In addition to his experience working as a lab technician, Scott is an accomplished ceramic artist. Scott specializes in exquisitely intricate, hand-coiled decorative work that contrasts against the simplicity of glaze. Heavily influenced by nature, Scott’s pieces are complex. They invoke those places where the forest meets the ocean. No single aspect of any piece is the same; no matter how you view it, each facet will evoke a different experience. He is part owner of the Clay Yard in Ontario and makes his living as a ceramic artist.

 

 

 

 

Leslie Plunkett: Leslie PlunkettLeslie creates wonderful, whimsical works in ceramics, Papier maché, and watercolor. She teaches Mixed Media to children and Papier maché and Ceramics to adults. She also is the art teacher for all grade levels at St. Elizabeth’s in Pasadena. She has participated in numerous art shows and was a featured artist at CAG in 2001 and 2013.

 

 

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Ken Roussin: Ken is an accomplished metalsmith who has taught at Pasadena City College.His interest is experimental and unconventional enameling and he has studied under Susanne Kustner since 2010. His work can be found at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.  You can see some of his work on his website, http://www.myobjetsdart.com

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Anne Sears: Anne-Sears-CroppedAnne holds a B.A. in English and a general secondary teaching credential and has studied under Virginia Cartwright, Christy Johnson, and Don Cervenak, as well as attended numerous workshops given by other well-known potters. She is an award-winning ceramicist who has shown her work nationally.

 

 

 

 

Jeannine Savedra Schroeder: Jeannine SavedraI am a So. California plein air painter and studio artist that continually explores painting as a method for expression, experimentation and documentation through the use color, composition and texture. I have been an Artist and Educator since ’95. I received formal art training at Otis Art Institute, Parsons School of Design and Cal State L A. After graduating with a BA in Drawing & Painting and completing graduate coursework in Fine Art and Human Dev. I began teaching at the Visual Arts and Design Academy in Pasadena as the Studio Art Instructor. While teaching Art I pursued a Teaching Credential in Art and earned an MA. In 2000 I began a career in Art Restoration and continued to teach Art on a part-time basis. In ’03 I was hired at Mount St. Mary’s College as an Adjunct Faculty/Teaching Supervisor for Teachers earning their CA Teaching Credentials through 2015. Currently I paint, teach art and work at Maurine Saint Gaudens Restoration Studio in Pasadena as a Fine Art Restorer to numerous art collections, estates and museums. For more information visit www.jeanninesavedra.com

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Debbie SchweinerDebbie Schweiner: Debbie Schweiner is an artist and instructor living in Glendora, CA. She has studied ceramics at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus College. Her current artworks explore both the functional and sculptural aspects of ceramics with a whimsical twist. Having a wide interest in many ceramic techniques Debbie enjoys working with earthenware and stoneware clays. She especially enjoys the process and surprises of raku-firing. Ms. Schweiner’s classes provide a balance of openness and structure in which students are encouraged to explore their own creative path while focusing on the techniques of building with clay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Scott -cropped_editedRichard Scott: Richard E. Scott is a watercolorist, designer, and author.  His artwork and designs have appeared in numerous magazines, including the Art of Watercolour, Watercolor Artist Magazine, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. His design work has been profiled on NPR station KCRW, and has been displayed at the California State Capital. In 2013 he published the book, “Sketching – from Square One to Trafalgar Square” which is used as a text at universities and colleges throughout the country, and is available at the Norton Simon Museum, Getty Museum, and the Huntington. He has taught for the past 17 years at different universities and museums, including Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UNLV, Art Center, the Norton Simon Museum, and the Huntington.

 

 

 

 

 

SONY DSCRob Sherrill: After competing in regional shows, doing scenic backdrops for school plays all through high school, (Arlington HS. Riverside CA. 84′). Robert got a job as a technical draftsman. In 87′ he was accepted into Art Center to further his perspective. Painting was were his passion lay so, he began having shows any where possible. Antique stores, Cafes,…etc. Then some commercial opportunities revealed themselves in the form of Designer and Art Director. It was a fun and prosperous, but not painting. Now, he paints Commissions, Figures, landscapes and Urban areas. http://robertsherrill.com/

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Elizabeth TuckerElizabeth B. Tucker:  Originally from upstate New York, Elizabeth moved to Southern California in her early 20’s.  While she had always worked with her hands in the needle arts, it was her husband who encouraged her to begin drawing and painting when he gave Elizabeth an easel as a gift.  Seeking teachers who would teach in the classical tradition, Elizabeth studied at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA), Art Center College of Design and taken private classes with artists Ryan Wurmser and Aaron Westerberg and Rick Morris.  Elizabeth has taught workshops here and on the east coast. She also has private students that she teaches on a regular basis in her studio. Elizabeth has a blog where she writes about art and color called “Artistic License”. In addition, she taught for over 6 years in a well-known children’s art program.  Currently Elizabeth teaches “Color Mixing: Teaching Your Colors to Play Well With Others” through workshops and on-line, and is also teaching workshops in “Limited Palettes: Stretching the Boundaries”.  She is member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, a juried and full member of  Women Painters West, president of the Angeles Crest Art Guild, and a Certified Instructor in the Michael Wilcox School of Colour.  www.etuckerart.com

Soozee VanDyke Woods:Sooze VanDyke Soozee started her college career in the study of music but soon heard the song of visual art. Being a practical person, she found she was attracted to art that may have a function. She continued her education in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in the areas of painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed-media and collage.

 

 

 

 

 

Wright, JanJan Wright: Jan has studied with numerous local as well as nationally known water media artists including Chris Van Winkle, Citrus College, Spring 1998 -2015; Tom Fong, Mt. San Antonio College, Fall, 1999 to 2013; Betty Hook; three to five-day workshops with Zoltan Szabo, Milford Zornes, Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schink, Henry Fukuhara, George James, EricWeingardt, Frank Francese, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Frank Webb; Dale Laitenen and Don Andrews; Gerald Brommer; and various other workshops and weekend courses; Oregon State University, three terms of oil painting, 1961-62. She currently continues her studies, learning from her students as well as teaching them. She has participated in well over 200 individual, 2-3 person and group art shows both locally and in state, national and international exhibitions, winning awards in many of them including several “Best of Show.” Her work appeared in the 2016 exhibition of the Western Federation, an organization of 16 watercolor societies in the western half of the U.S. She was named “Artist of the Year” by Chaffey Community Museum of Art in 2015. She is a frequent demonstrator and instructor for both objective and non-objective images in watercolor and acrylic. She works with all ages and experience levels. Jan believes that we’re hard-wired for art. Every primitive society produced art, advanced societies value it and current art forms using new technology abound. Visual art transforms the ordinary by combining imagination and creativity with visual experience, re-visioning reality. She says, “Painting has taught me how to see. The door to a new dimension has opened—light against dark, negative space, shapes as opposed to objects and, above all, COLOR. My life will never be the same.” www.janwrightfineart.com

LiliaVenier2Lilia Venier: Lilia has her business degree from the University of Veracruz in Mexico.  When she moved to the United States twenty years ago, she began to take design and art classes.  She earned a certificate in Ceramics from Glendale College.  She is in several galleries including the Creative Arts Group.  Lilia has participated in various art shows since 2001 most notably, the Sierra Madre Art Show, the Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach and the Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach.  Lilia is recognized for her unique one of a kind work which features her own glazes, surface decorations and carvings.  She is versatile in earthenware, stoneware and raku.  She is well known for her teapots and sculptures.  She has collectors from all over the world in places such as the U.S., Canada, England, Thailand and China.  http://www.liliavenierceramics.com/