TCC Instructors

Education is at the very heart of TCC's purpose. We love ceramics and want to provide a premier resource and supportive environment for high-quality instruction for all those who desire to learn or further their knowledge of the art. We recognize that the quality and depth of our instructors is essential to the success of our goals. We are quite proud of our team!     

LEE AKINS 

 

Lee received a B.F.A. from the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio in 1975 and a M.F.A. in Ceramics in 1986 from Southern Methodist University. He has taught ceramics at the college level for more than 40 years and is currently an instructor at UNM, Taos, and the Taos Ceramics Center. Over the years, Lee has taught hundreds of classes and workshops on all aspects of the ceramic arts. His students and peers consider him to be among the most knowledgeable and accomplished instructors in New Mexico. His work has been featured in ceramic magazines and publications, including Ceramics Monthly. 

 

DIANE COLE

Prior to moving to Taos in 2015, Diane ran the ceramics program at ENMU for 5 years. There, she taught ceramics at all levels and collaborated with her students to load and fire the kilns, make the glazes and manage the studio. She taught college art for 34 years at several schools, including The Chicago Art Institute, Ohio University, Savannah College of Art and Design and Eastern New Mexico University. As a studio artist in Taos, Diane makes ceramic pieces, paintings, drawings and prints. She earned her BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Ohio University.

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ANNA NELSON 

 

Anna received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Fort Lewis College in 2008 and received her Masters of Art in Education in 2013 from Colorado College. She went on to teach high school ceramics in Colorado Springs,  and was chair of the art department. In the Bay Area of CA, she continued to create ceramics and was employed by The Berkeley Potters’ Studio as a

kiln technician and instructor. She came to Taos, New Mexico as a long term Resident at the former Taos Clay where she taught classes and ran the eduction program. Anna is currently creating ceramic tableware in her Taos studio. She is a ceramics instructor at Northern New Mexico College and Taos Ceramics Center.

 

ALISSA MITTL 

 

A native of southwest Florida, Alissa received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University. She then completed two terms as a Ceramic Artist in Residence at the the Mendocino Art Center (Mendocino, CA) in August 2018. She has received fellowships to attend workshops at both Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO) and Penland School of Crafts (Bakersfield, NC). Alissa spent a year teaching and making art as a long-term Resident Artist at the former Taos Clay and has taught at the Taos Ceramics Center since it opened in mid-2020.