Elene Hartman’s creative inspiration has always come from nature and kids and she learns so much from both. Elene took her first clay class at 6 years old and the experience opened up a world of endless possibilities for her. She was hooked on clay from that moment and is excited to share her knowledge with the next generation of students. Elene is a member of the St. Albert Potters Guild and has been teaching clay programs to kids, youth and adults for over 10 years.
Tessa Stewart is a Métis Artist born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and has been living and working in Edmonton for the last two years. She is the Visitor Services Coordinator and Indigenous Visual Art Instructor for Art Gallery of St. Albert. Tessa is inspired by nature, utilizing digital images, collage, charcoal and paints. Much of her artwork is focused on animals, plants, and organic materials.
Long-time St. Albert resident Julie Anne Hage has worked as a Potter, Raku Artist and Woodworker since the late 70s. Over many years as a clay instructor with the City of St. Albert and the Art Gallery of St. Albert, Julie has mentored hundreds of students from novice through to accomplished potters. While Julie specializes in corporate gifting, she remains an active member of the St. Albert Potters Guild. Her artistic focus centers on unique and original items created in a variety of mediums. Julie currently instructs Art Gallery of St. Albert pottery wheel-throwing and hand-building classes.
Heather Shepherd is a potter and pottery class instructor from St. Albert, AB. She holds a Diploma in Ceramics from Kootenay Studio Arts, Selkirk College (Nelson, BC), and has spent much of her early adulthood exploring craft mediums. She has been a member of the St. Albert Potters Guild since 2014 and is a passionate pottery instructor with the Art Gallery of St. Albert and Edmonton’s Studio72! Keep in the loop with her current work, pottery classes and studio process by following along on Instagram at @hsceramics.