Faculty

Lisa-AgaranLisa Agaran: Lisa 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

 

IxchelMarina Amor: Marina is an established Los Angeles area artist whose paintings combine elements of Latin American surrealism and folklore alongside the European tradition. Themes include criticism of institutions and social construction, and the portrait of human drama. Her recent artwork concerns the concept of recycling to produce objects of beauty. Marina has taught young people the processes of painting, printmaking, and sculpture for 20 years.  Her art teaching career has taken her to be awarded the Bronze Medal in 2005, at the Joy of Europe contest; and has also been awarded in 2000, an honorific mention by the UNESCO in Paris, France. Marina’s work has been featured at Misrachi Gallery, and currently at Chimmaya Gallery and Viscaluz Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Candy Eaton: PictureCandy is a Southern California based world percussionist, educator, performer, percussion ensemble leader and drum circle facilitator with an established reputation for bringing authentic drumming traditions to life. Candy teaches and performs in several different styles including Mediterranean frame drum, West African, and Arabic Darbuka.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Jane Elgin:MaryJaneMary Jane was born and raised in Altadena, California. As she grew up, drawing, painting, sewing and calligraphy filled her free time. She graduated with a major in studio art from Pomona College and headed for Japan where she lived for two years, studying sumie painting and weaving. Upon returning to the Pasadena area she continued her studies of weaving and fiber arts at a local studio. She also began to study in-depth figure drawing, painting and collage at UCLA, Otis, Art Center, and the Pasadena Arboretum. In the early 1990’s she began a serious exploration into the world of ceramics at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre and developed the technique of piercing her ceramics to create botanical and landscape scenes, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. She has taught art classes and been a freelance muralist and illustrator for the last thirty years. She has exhibited in various art fairs and shows including Descanso Gardens Art Gallery, the Autry Museum, and the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. Her artistic vision has led her on a search for ways to combine the themes and forms which resonate with her. To create a new and unique space, she has been refining her ceramic techniques, bringing to the viewer to a fresh consideration of form along with a new appreciation for materials and esthetic. Mary Jane says, “I am intrigued by the tension between the interior and exterior form and the way that the shapes I create reference each other.” She is now living on Orcas Island with her husband, Bruce Wilson.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Gina Lawson Egan

Gina 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Scott PangburnFire 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.

 

 

 

salperez1Salvador R. Perez: Mr. Perez attended Pomona College in Claremont on a full academic and artistic scholarship, where in 1975 he earned his BA in liberal arts and graduated with honors. He was awarded several fellowships for his artistic and academic achievements and continued his graduate work at Claremont Graduate School and University. In 1977 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) in sculpture and ceramics. After 8 years as a studio artist, a part-time instructor and ceramic lecturer at various colleges, universities and community adult schools, Mr. Perez returned to Claremont Graduate School and University where he was awarded a teaching credential in art. That same year he was hired by Monrovia Unified School District and began teaching at Santa Fe Middle School. In 1990, he began the award winning ceramics and sculpture program at Monrovia High School. Many of his high schools students have been recognize and honored for their craftsmanship and creativity in sculpture and the ceramic arts. Some of his students have gone on to become professional artists. Mr. Perez’ art works have been exhibited in many national and regional exhibitions and are included in many private art collections and museums. He continues to teach ceramics and sculpture at Monrovia High School (sperez@monrovia schools.net) and is also an Adjunct Professor of Art in Ceramics at Citrus College. (sperez@citruscollege.edu) He maintains an art studio, Rare Earth Pottery and Sculpture in San Dimas, Ca. and has recently begun establishing another art studio in Eureka, Ca.

 

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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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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RichardSchusterRichard Schuster: Richard, a native of Seattle, WA, moved to sunny California in 1959 to dry out from many rainy days. He always did well in his art classes but did not pursue painting until he retired after 30 years of running a manufacturing company in Los Angeles. He graduated from CAL State LA in 1967, studied art at ELAC, Otis Art School, Three Kicks Studio, University of Arizona extension in Guadalajara, Mex and continues Master classes at Scottsdale Art School. Richard has been painting portraits for over ten years and his work is on display at Jones Coffee Roasters in Pasadena, CA. Many of the 150 portraits he has painted in the last ten years were commissioned. His work is inspired by his favorite artist, John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, Wayne Thiebaud , David Leffel, Rose Franzen and Sean Cheetham.

 

 

 

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/