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TCC Instructors

Education is at the very heart of TCC's mission. 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!     

REBECCA

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Rebecca works in her studio in El Prado, NM. She fires in an anagama  wood kiln as well as Raku. Rebecca states that her goal when  creating ceramic works is to amplify the simplicity and elegance of a form that she visualizes first on paper or in her mind. 

Rebecca holds a BFA in Sculpture from The Cleveland Institute of Art; an

MA in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University; and was awarded a full fellowship to The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture;  and Teaching Assistantship at The Lacoste School of The Arts; Lacoste, France

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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. 

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LESLIE HERO 

 

Leslie is a wheel based potter focusing on the craft of crockery & kitchenware, and believes handmade pots contribute to the tastiest homemade meals. Her clay journey began in high school, but was put aside while she earned her BFA in Illustration. After a seven year career as a tattoo artist in Oregon, the time came for a big lifestyle shift. Along with her wife & cats, she relocated to Santa Fe where she settled into desert life and got back on the potter’s wheel. She became the manager and a teacher for three years at a small clay studio in Santa Fe, followed by a year at a production pottery in New England where she honed her skills and learned larger scale production practices. She calls Hondo Mesa home now, a desert landscape whose palette & textures provide constant inspiration.

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SJORAN FITZPATRICK

 

An extraordinary ceramic artist and educator, Sjoran moved to Taos with his wife in 2020. He graduated San Diego State University in 1984 and went on to get his MFA from the Claremont Graduate School. He has owned and operated Ravenwolf Clayworks and Forge (yes, Sjoran's also a metalworker!) since 1978, and has been a professor of art at Pomona College, Biola University, and Mt. SAC Community College. He was also the ceramic program coordinator at the Crooked Tree Art Center in Petosky, MI. We are delighted to have Sjoran as an instructor at the TCC!

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OLIVIA BERKEY

Born and raised in the Asheville, NC area, a region well known for its fine pottery, Olivia is a new and welcome addition to the TCC teaching staff. She is a 2020 graduate of Bard College in New York with a dual degree in art history and dance. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Olivia was a studio tech at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC.  In 2021, she moved to Taos to become an apprentice of Logan Wannamaker's, an accomplished ceramic artist known for his wood-fire work, based in Arroyo Seco. Olivia brings to the TCC a wealth of experience in the ceramic arts and several summers teaching children the fun of the clay arts in kids' summer programs. 

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