Odile Yeramian is a French self-taught artist. After a successful career in international marketing, she turned her focus to ceramics, taking interest in the versatility of the material. She explores unconventional surface treatment for functional and sculptural pieces. She is also experienced in welding, and often incorporates steel into her mixed-media work.
Pam Humphrey has a masters degree in mechanical engineering and worked in the aerospace industry for over 20 years. She has worked with clay since 1991 and has taught all levels of ceramics. She currently works with porcelain that is wheel thrown, altered and carved which is then fired in reduction or soda atmospheres.
Sara Bookspan, a Bay Area native, and recent west coast transplant, discovered her love of clay at a very young age. Her love of art led her to pursue a Bachelor of Art Education with emphasis in ceramics from Humboldt State University. Working with her mentor, Joel Magen of Dark Horse Pottery, she honed her skills in wheel thrown and hand built production pottery. It was there that she developed a deeper understanding of the meditative process of working with clay. Looking to pair her passion for education and ceramics, Sara went on to receive a Master of Special Education and two teaching credentials from Portland State University with the goal of becoming an art therapist.
Knowing that art truly has the power to change the human experience, Sara brought this same passion to her work in the Peace Corps where she started several small income-generating projects in her host country, Kenya. Her projects were focused on expansion of local arts within the Deaf community which included beadwork, textiles, and of course ceramics. Taking art and education to the next level, Sara became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and uses art as part of her method to teach life skills to individuals with special needs. She founded a ceramics program at Victory Academy, a school for children with autism located right outside of Portland, Oregon. Through this program students learned the foundations of working with clay and its relation to accomplishing daily living skills while simultaneously exploring their creativity.
Now in Florida, she is actively working as a behavior analyst with the special needs community. In her free time, she continues to pursue her love of ceramics by creating primary altered wheel thrown forms that resemble components of the natural environment. She is extremely excited to be working with The Armory and cannot wait to explore the wild world of clay with her new learners. What’s to be expected in a class with Sara? Learner’s will enhance mindfulness and artistic independence through learning the basics of handbuilding techniques, glazing, fundamentals of wheel throwing, while of course learning to become artistic clay rebels!
Sara Lerner was born is Rome, Italy and raised in Palm Beach where she took her first pottery class at age 6. It was love at first touch and she has been making pots ever since. Sara graduated from the University of Miami with a BFA in Ceramics and she helped build the ceramics department in the early Armory days from 1993-2003. Sara has taught in Palm Beach County, and exhibited throughout Florida and internationally. Sara also practices and teaches yoga and draws upon her skilled eyes and hands in both yoga and ceramics.Sara creates elegant and rustic utilitarian pots and feels privileged to make pottery for the everyday life of people.
Ying Zhou graduated in 1983 from Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China and has completed residencies at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, and Red Logger Clay Art Center in Montana. She is a skilled potter who also designs and creates art brushes; she also enjoys teaching traditional Chinese brush painting techniques. She has been successful in teaching and developing the skills of a broad spectrum of students ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Ying has lectured and demonstrated her artistries in many different regions; she has exhibited her ceramic work at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pewabic Art Gallery in Michigan, and the Toronto Art Exhibition.