Sandy Levine has been living and sculpting in New York City and West Palm Beach for the past forty years. She studied with Leonid Lehrman at the Sculpture Center and with Paul Lucchese in Pietrasante, Italy. Sandy has exhibited in group and solo shows such as The Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, The National Arts Club, and the Lincoln Center to name a few.
Sara Bookspan fell in love with clay at an early age. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science in special education and Bachelor of Arts in art education with an emphasis in ceramics, Sara knows first-hand the power that art has to enhance the human experience. With two teaching credentials, Sara has spent the last decade of her career committed to developing a unique approach, blending her extensive background in behavior science with a passion for art therapy. Under her mentorship with Joel Magen of Dark Horse Pottery in Santa Cruz, California, Sara honed her skills in wheel thrown and hand-built production pottery. There, she cultivated a deeper appreciation for the meditative process of working with clay.
Sara’s penchant for learning and travel led her to East Africa where she served Kenya’s local Deaf community as a Peace Corps volunteer. She collaborated with local leaders to develop several income-generating projects focusing on beadwork, textiles, and ceramics. In Tanzania, Sara worked with the international school community to create inclusive and empowering interventions for students with learning differences. Most recently, Sara founded a ceramics program for autistic learners/persons with autism in Portland, Oregon designed to promote life skills and creativity through hand building techniques, glazing, and mixed media.
After nearly 20 years of domestic and international experience, Sara is thrilled to continue her mission of improving people’s lives through the intersections of art and behavioral sciences as a new member of the Armory Art Center family! Working with Sara, learners can expect to enhance their sense of independence and mindfulness while exploring the wild world of ceramics to flourish as 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.
Tony Baker received his BFA in Ceramics at California State University Long Beach in 2018, and his MFA In Ceramics at Alfred University in 2022. His work is in several prestigious private collections, and he has a solo exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum in the fall of 2023.
Tony grew up in a very poor neighborhood in Sacramento, California, alongside the freeway littered with heroin needles and crack vials. As Tony travelled from lower to middle class parts of town to attend school, he experienced noticeable cultural dislocation. He never felt as though he fully belonged clearly too either cultural subset. As a result, he was an observer, living between cultures. In this culturally and ethnically mixed world, people found a common, shared identity more as a matter of shared class position.
Experiences in these formative years grew a desire to make work that can be a voice for the people who do not have one, the people who are struggling to survive in this world and can relate with this story of living a life with little control over circumstance. Tony uses the things he has witnessed both as a kid and as a young adult, where self-survival is everything, and the struggle he endured, as inspiration.
Trish was born in Longbranch, NJ and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. She later attended Indiana University where she received a BS degree in education. After graduation, she taught in the Indianapolis school system for two years. She continued her teaching in the Miami Dade Schools and
pursued her art career by taking several art courses in different mediums at Florida International University and Broward College. Upon completion of her coursework, she became a certified art teacher and taught art to a diversified group of students for 11 years in Miami Dade Public Schools. In addition, she taught after school art classes, ran an art club in a private school setting and gave private instructions in painting. Along with her love for teaching, painting has always been her true passion. She is always searching for ways to develop and innovate herself as an artist through professional development classes, workshops, demos, gallery and museum visitations, lectures and travel. She was a signature member as well as a board member for the Boca Museum of Art Artists Guild, and is currently a member of Women in the Visual Arts, the Broward Art Guild and Palm Beach Plein Air. Trish resides in Boca Raton, FL where she regularly exhibits in various museums, galleries, businesses, medical centers, recreational areas and libraries.