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.
Shani Simpson is a first-generation Caribbean-American with Jamaican and Vincentian roots. She firmly believes that her ability to create art is a gift from God. Working in painting, photography, and mixed media, Shani creates abstract, colorful, and densely patterned works that are then transferred onto textiles. Her inspiration comes from the Bible and her Christian faith, her various travels, and the natural and manmade environment in which she lives. Her work has been exhibited in South Florida and Washington, D.C. Shani received her Master’s in Non-Profit Management from Florida Atlantic University, has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami and did capstone coursework in Australian Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She is also a proud alumna of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she concentrated in Visual Arts and Spanish. Over the years, Shani has worked at the Armory as a summer camp instructor, registrar, and volunteer. She enjoys imparting arts knowledge to children and seeing their world expand. She is looking forward to managing the esteemed 2-D department at the Armory Art Center. In her spare time, Shani enjoys reading, going to the beach, traveling, being a foodie, and helping students obtain scholarship money for college.
Vishan Seenath is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts and earned a BA in studio art at FSU. He attended West Dean College, in the UK, to earn a MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Sussex. Vishan is an arts educator in Palm Beach County.
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.