I moved to Sanibel Island in 1983 after graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago to work as a production potter at A touch of Sanibel Pottery. I was living the dream, living on a tropical island doing what I loved to do and earning money at it. That was many years ago and since then I have had the great oppurtunity to teach art at Cypresss Lake Center for the Arts the premier fine and performing arts high school in Lee County Florida. Retirement from teaching for the district is right around the corner so to continue my love for clay I've opened Sanibel Pottery LLC. When working at Sanibel Pottery on the island I met A great ceramic artist named Barb Renneke. I asked her if she would be interested in assisting in a studio school.

She agreed and brings a great variety of knowlege and techniques to the students. We have a great team!

Tim Smith

A Touch of Sanibel Pottery 1983

Tim Smith,Dave and Barb Hoggat



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.


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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