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.
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.
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 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.