Barb Renneke

Clay artist Barb Renneke received her B.F.A. in Ceramic Arts and Photography from the University of Iowa in 1980. She studied independently with several prestigious ceramic artists in New York, Boston and Penland, NC. Barb has enjoyed a successful career as a production potter for studios on Sanibel, FL, Rochester, NY and Naples, NY.

Jen Shamrock

Jen Shamrock is an art teacher of 25 years specializing in Ceramics the past 18 years. In 1991 she received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art Education. She has worked with students at the Alliance for the Arts, Big Arts of Sanibel, and currently teaches Art at Mariner HS.  Her philosophy is simple, happiness is found within and art is the doorway.

Angel Elza

Originally from Virginia, Angel Elza received her BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University in 2010. She currently teaches Art at River Hall Elementary and enjoys staying active in the SWFL arts community. Angel's passion for getting her hands dirty and creating functional pieces on the potter's wheel brought her to Sanibel Pottery Studio School. She looks forward to working with students to discover and hone their skills in clay.

Victoria Hahn

Victoria earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art from Florida Southern College in 2010. She spent her summers during that time studying art abroad. Victoria is beginning her tenth year of teaching Visual Art. She is an advocate for the arts within the community and a practicing potter and painter.

Maria Emilia Steiner

  I am a Ceramic Artist and Educator working in Fort Myers, FL.  I received my Bachelors in Arts with a minor in Education from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015.  While there, I developed a deep interest about the relationship that exists between art and community.  Using clay as my main medium of expression, I work with my students to reflect on current events and make a connection  between a piece of art and the experience the process of art making brings. To me Art is the way we understand ourselves and others; Art is about the relationship we make with the world events either good or bad. Art and the art making process  is more than a personal individual object; art can make a difference in people's lives.

Tim Smith

Owner and instructor at the new Sanibel Pottery Studio School which opened May 2019, Tim Smith continues to teach at the Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School. Tim received his degree in art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983. As a lifelong production potter, fine artist and the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and awards, Tim enjoys an excellent reputation for sharing his expertise with students of all ages and levels of experience. He is also a contemporary artist using digital media as expression. 

Dana Nicloy


Dana is a graphics designer and artist. She is heading up our graphics and marketing needs. She earned her BFA from USF in ceramics and silkscreen. She is active in the community with the Alliance for the Arts and United Way. She is happy to be a part of the group and able to combine design principles and love for the medium.

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