Our Intructors

Linda Takacs

Linda is a longtime member of the Brantford Potters Guild, she started potting in 1979 and opened her Studio in 1985, teaching classes followed in 2005 and continued till 2015 when Linda joined the Clayworks Studio team.All levels of students can learn or expand their throwing skills on the potter’s wheel, plus develop hand-building techniques and creativity with soft clay slabs. Having fun while you learn is encouraged in Linda’s classes.

Mary MacDonald

With 25 years of experience, Mary McDonald is skilful in the creation of functional pottery.  She has taught potter`s ranging in experience from beginners to advanced for 13 years.  Mary teaches her students a variety of important skills with a focus on the wheel as well as creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere in her classroom.  She continues her own education through workshops and other means in order to improve and grow in her craft.

Cindy Snetsinger

Cindy Snetsinger is a Brantford potter who has been working with clay for over 30 years. She has taught all aspects of pottery for over 10 years, from wheel throwing and hand building, to glaze applications and firing techniques. Cindy shares her enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise for all levels and incorporates fun and functional projects in each class.

Christie Gruppe

Christie loves to push clay to new limits using creative methods of handbuilding. Using the wheel and slabroller as starting points, she creates exceptional clay objects. Christie’s current work explores the clay surface and its treatment. Christie studied pottery at Sheridan College, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and enjoys learning from other artists in all mediums. She has been teaching pottery to adults and children for over a decade. Christie brings a creative approach to students wanting to reach for new ideas, whether young, or young at heart!.

Rosalie MacNeil

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.

Judy Dean

Judy Dean has over 4 decades of experience working with clay. Throwing and hand building are a part of making pottery. After many workshops, seminars and hands-on experince, Judy loves to pass on her techniques, experiences, and ways with clay. All levels of experience are welcome to join in on this fun time with clay. Challenging creativity is a good thing.