Posh Clay Pottery Studio
Adult Pottery Classes, Clay Sales, Open Studio for Potters and Sculptors
Sinistra Studio Pottery is owned and operated by Mary Joan. She is an accomplished artist and teacher and also owns Posh Paint Pub. Her work in clay began 17 years ago hand building with young artists at her summer art camps at Posh Paint Pub. Her interest being a potter began 6 years ago. She is so happy to announce that Sinistra will have a team of wonderful potters to assist you in your clay experience. We want you to enjoy thowing on the wheel and hand building as much as we do at Sinistra Studio. We look forward to claying around with you.
Cassie received her undergraduate degree at Augustana College and her MFA in Ceramics at Bradley University. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in beautiful South Africa, teaching English as a second language in a rural village. When she returned to the U.S., Cassie completed a year long artist residency at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago before heading south to take up residence in New Orleans. She currently teaches high school art on the west bank and keeps her own studio practice.
Whitney is a recent graduate of South Eastern Louisiana University with a BA in art and a concentration in pottery. Ceramics is her passion since she was introduced to the art of clay in middle school. She looks forward to furthering her experience and creativity working with our beginning wheel artists.
Michele Benson Huck
Michele has been working with clay for 25 years. She sells her work at several arts markets around the area. Michele not only throws but also hand builds. You may have seen her demonstrate her talent on wheel throwing at local shows.
Susan uses clay to explore the absurdity of human vanity as well as the tenderness and uncertainty that underlie our desire to connect with others. Her work is often narrative, mixing species and gestures to find metaphors for human emotions. Jackrabbits, warthogs, birds, vegetables, and the occasional fruit, are some of her favorite muses. Her boxes may contain a surprise or story inside, while functional pieces incorporate a wide variety of three-dimensional animal and plant life. Susan uses carving, sgraffito, and colored slips to tie together her designs. She has a rich interior life.
Christina received her bachelor’s degree at LSU and had a career fundraising for arts organizations in Chicago and New York City. In addition to studying ceramics at LSU’s nationally recognized ceramics program, Christina studied at Jane Addams Ceramic Studio in Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ArtWorks New York, and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. At ArtWorks Christina learned to explore surface, form, and texture with clay, which led her to seek an Associates Degree in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She taught classes at the Textile Art Center in New York and at various camps and ceramics studios. Christina is inspired by the patterns in nature and weaves her life experiences into her art.
“Artist, Designer, Glassblower, Potter”. That is how Gerald Haessig defines himself. While art has always been a part of his life, his first career was in local television where he worked in the production department and created graphics for newscasts. Along the way, he developed an interest in glassblowing and pottery. In 1999, he left the TV world to become a full time artist and has not looked back. Having won several awards for his work, his greatest achievement is having work in the White House. In 2006, Laura Bush was presented with a piece of jewelry he created for the Historic New Orleans Collection. Then in 2010, he was commissioned by Brock Elementary to create a ceramic vessel that was presented to Michelle Obama. In 2015, the USPTO approved his design patent for his ergonomic coffee cup, Café-ERGO. It is a hand use specific ergonomic cup that reduces stress in the hand and fingers. Learn more about Gerald, www.geraldhaessigdesigns.com and www.cafe-ergo.comwww.cafe-ergo.com and you can follow both on most social media platforms.