Kristin joined South Bay Artist Studio as its first ceramics member in 2021, and currently serves as business manager and ceramics teacher. A philanthropy consultant by day, Kristin has spent the last several years learning and refining her skills on the wheel. Believing in ceramics as "therapy", she champions process over product when it comes to her work. Kristin has tinkered in knitting, beading, sewing and weaving, and is often accompanied in the studio by her children.
I'm a sculptor and photographer from Las Vegas. I moved here to attend Otis College and I've been living here ever since. When the first quarantine happened, I had nothing to do but spend hours every day alone in my school's studio trying to teach myself to use the wheel - now I can't imagine my life without it. I think learning to shape clay builds a connection between the mind and body that goes so far beyond just making a vase or cup.
I’ve been an artist my entire life - I drew like every other kid, but also attempted my first sewing project at age five (using rags and a spool of red thread my mom let me have), and sewed my first quilt at six. My formal studio art training didn’t come until college and afterward, where I studied traditional oil painting, plein air painting, still life drawing and portraiture alongside animation arts. I’ve never met a visual art or craft I didn’t think I could figure out; I was sewing and painting as a little kid, but just learned book binding and linocut printing this year. My style tends traditional, but I love using technology like digital painting and cutting machines to bring new possibilities to centuries old art forms like needlepoint, book binding, and oil painting.
Alex Noah Vogel
I am an artist by trade and training, currently holding a BFA with an emphasis in Illustration & Painting. I have professional experience painting murals, working as an artist consultant, a scenic artist for Knott's Berry farm, a drink & paint night instructor for the former Phantom Carriage Brewery, and most recently as a props and set designer for the motion capture industry. This breadth of experience and knowledge in several fields of art allows me to be flexible, versatile, and experimental in the creation process.
I have more recently focused on honing my illustration abilities and hope to be able to share my insights with the local community in the future. You can view my work at www.alexnoahvogel.com"
Sara and her studio have been in my life for years as a family friend and fun space to explore all that can be created with fused glass. After taking my first fused glass class three years ago, I completely fell in love with the medium and am excited to share my passion for this craft with others.
As a former English teachers, I am able to provide support and guidance to those who are just starting their fused glass journey while making classes funs and engaging.
Natalie Strong is a self-taught mixed media and fiber artist from El Segundo. In addition to the South Bay Artist Studio, she teaches students of all ages through El Segundo Recreation and Parks and Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation. She is a former president of the El Segundo Art Association and spent five years on the El Segundo Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee including one year as the Chairperson and one year as Vice-Chairperson. She is Director of Education at Destination: Art in Torrance. She also works at ESMoA, the Experimentally-Structured Museum of Art.
Kimie Joe Silver
Kimie loves being part of the South Bay Artist Studio Family! Kimie is a painter and ceramicist. Her current creations are mixed media works composed of vibrant paints, epoxy, and handcrafted tiles. Her diverse range of work offers perspective into a variety of themes in a way that is accessible to a wide audience.
Create with Kimie in a SBAS class or workshop! She’d love to paint with you!
Establishing Sorella Minchella in 2017, Mary Minchella combines her self-taught floral skills with a love for succulents, offering bespoke party favors, tags, and vibrant party goods. Her style emphasizes lush, colorful arrangements that elevate any event's atmosphere.
Expanding beyond events, Sorella Minchella now provides unique plant-themed gifts, stunning indoor and outdoor succulent arrangements, and engaging on-site planting experiences for diverse occasions. Mary's commitment to detail shines through in her hosting of lively succulent planting parties and classes, fostering creativity for corporate events or intimate gatherings. Her dedication to infusing each creation with humor, love, and top-notch quality defines Sorella Minchella as a destination for thoughtful gifting and elegant event displays
Stephanie Rose has been a landscape designer for 34 years and has practiced botanical illustration for the past 30 years using subjects from her landscape designs to render in detail. She has been teaching drawing and painting with watercolor for the past couple of years and enjoys helping each of her students to achieve the level of skills and details they desire. She is also a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Stephanie lives in Manhattan Beach with her fiancé Chris and their two fur babies, Satine and Toulouse.
I am an illustrator and ceramic artist living and working in the South Bay. My ceramics, drawings and paintings are based on my lifelong love of animals, pop culture and family. Synesthesia (an involuntary phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense causes the automatic experience of another sense) and 1970’s visual culture dictate the vibrant colors and pop culture aesthetics of my art.
My work can be seen here: http://www.annpickard.com.