Ryan Mitchell teaches independant study pottery classes for youth of all ages, teens and adults. He teaches both handbuilding and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Ryan graduated with highest honors from Montana State University School of Art with a ceramics concentration. His impressive pottery has been exhibited at the Emerson’s Wilber Gallery, Rocky Creek Farms and Montana State University.
Adult pottery teacher Vanessa Rogers has a BA in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University in California, specializing in hand built ceramics. Her current work explores hand-carved wheel thrown pottery, creating one-of-a-kind works that are both sculptural and functional. Her classes include demonstrations and practice of wheel throwing and hand building of porcelain and midrange stoneware followed by surface treatments such as carving and glazing. Vanessa has studied with ceramic artists Akio Takamori and Kurt Weiser at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.
A professional print-maker and ceramic artist, Shaila Sorenson holds a K-8 Montana Elementary Education Certification with a K-12 Art Endorsement, with special focus on ceramics and special needs education. She has worked as "artist-in-residence" in the public schools and has taught ceramics, printmaking and painting for students of all ages in the Bozeman community. Shaila specializes in teaching wheel-thrown and hand built earthenware pottery for students ages 9 – 17. For five years Shaila was the owner and primary teacher/childcare professional for the Children's Neighborhood Preschool/Daycare.