Patsy is a retired secondary school teacher whose passion for Pottery started over 20 years ago. She teaches wheel throwing, hand building and glaze applications to all skill levels. Patsy’s style is modern traditional pottery and is drawn to earth tones and simple forms. She helps her students reach their, “pottery goals” in a relaxed environment.
Mary, alumnus of Ryerson University majoring in fashion, has always expressed a passion for creating. Her passion evolved naturally from cloth to clay. After taking multiple pottery courses at Mohawk College Mary then began teaching there. She specializes in creating functional pottery with a focus on the wheel. Mary continues to develop her own technique through frequent workshops and courses. She strives to nurture passion and enthusiasm in those she teaches and offers 20+ years of teaching experience. She aims for a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where all are welcome. Whether beginner or advanced there is always room to learn in Mary’s classroom!
Melissa Generoux has enjoyed the craft of Pottery for 20 years. She graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with a Double Major in Psychology and Sociology and she attended Conestoga College and graduated with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Certificate in Resource Teaching. She attended Mohawk College and has a Certificate in Ceramics. Melissa currently works in a Kindergarten Classroom and has worked with children for over 25 years. Melissa teaches the Children’s Hand Building Classes and Summer Pottery Camps at the Guild. She teaches the children slab, coil, and pinch pot techniques. She focuses on teaching the children how to construct functional pottery with flair! She believes in allowing the children to express their individual creativity through their art.
I started playing in clay almost 20 years ago, studying at Mohawk college in Brantford. As soon as my hands hit the clay I fell in love. I found my passion. I was hooked for life! Now 20 years later I am beyond grateful to be able to help our youth find there passion in the art of pottery!
Rosalie MacNeil is a retired art teacher turned potter. She has been working with clay for 35 years and specializes in hand-painted mugs and platters. She was a student at Mohawk Brantford for 20 years and has taken and taught several workshops. She is a member and instructor at ClayWorks Studio run by the Brantford Potters’ Guild, and is also a member of the Hamilton Potters’ Guild. She is visually inspired, by tangled gardens, Japanese brush strokes and batik fabric. Rosalie loves to work with layers of colour on Cone 6 Stoneware using resists, scraffito, stamping and mishima. Working in small batches, her mug forms vary to a great degree, but comfortable handles are always a priority!
Dina Lefevbre Snarr
Dina is a retired Secondary School Art Teacher. Dina taught clay hand building techniques in grades 9 to 12. She taught throwing in several courses including her Native Arts and Cultures course. Dina ran an after school pottery club to continue to foster the skills of future potters. Outside of school Dina has a pottery studio at home where she creates wheel thrown work as well as hand built and sculptural projects. Dina teaches the kids and youth classes for the Brantford Potter’s Guild. She enjoys centering her class around a theme and leading the creation of unique projects using slab, pinch , coil and wheel thrown techniques.