Our instructors

Daria White Paik

World renowned potter Daria White Paik teaches the next generation of artsts in our ceramics studio. Daria began working as a Studio Assistant at the Ann Arbor Art Center in 1999 and, in 2006, began teaching. She grew up in Seoul, South Korea, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983. In 1988 she moved to the US, where she took foundational courses in ceramics at the University of Alabama in the late 1990s. After completing a two-year internship, Daria was elected to a full membership at the Ann Arbor Potter’s Guild and has taught there occasionally over the last 18 years. For the past 10 years, she has also taught many workshops at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community. As an instructor at the Art Center, you will find Daria instructing wheel throwing, hand building, surface decoration, brush making and drum making for both adults and children.

Eve Bratten

Currently finishing her bachelor’s in Illustration in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies, Eve has put on multiple hats for her passions and art community. Next to freelancing and story book illustration, she works as an instructor at the Ann Arbor Art Center teaching the next generation the importance of the arts through figure and character design. Recognized by the Society of Illustrators and remaining on the Presidents List for her years at CCS she continues to work hard to showcase her skills.

Kim Jackson DeBord

Kim Jackson DeBord is an artist and educator working at the intersection of art, design & craft. She earned degrees in Fiber from the University of Michigan, Fashion from Parsons School of Design, and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) as a Trustee Merit Scholar to earn her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Kim taught at SAIC, Columbia College, Lill Street Art Center in Chicago, and the Ann Arbor Art Center. In addition to studio practice, she has maintained a long career in freelance art and design. Her work has been internationally published and exhibited.

Rachel Derocher

Rachel graduated from Albion College with a BA in Psychological Science and Environmental Studies. She joined the Art Center staff in the summer of 2019 and assists with educational programming, including teaching classes and developing new ArtBoxes. Outside the Art Center, you’ll find her exploring new hiking trails, taking on new crafts, and befriending all sorts of dogs.

David Dziedzic

Charlotte Grenier

Kristine Haddox

Kristine started teaching at the Ann Arbor Art Center when she and her husband moved from Texas to Michigan in 2005. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculptural Metalsmithing from Texas A & M University-Commerce and is an award-winning artist with a passion for teaching. In Texas, she taught at various colleges and universities; teaching Metalsmithing, Sculpture, Ceramics, 2-D and 3-D Design, Art Appreciation, and Humanities. Other than art and teaching, her two favorite things are getting dirty and playing with fire.  This is probably why she has always been fascinated by metals and all of the metal techniques and processes. 

Tricia Hampo

Tricia Hampo is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and Eastern Michigan University with a teaching certificate in Art Education. Tricia made glass beads and sold them to jewelry designers around the country for 15 years. After moving into a new home with an ideal studio space, she began painting again in acrylics, oils, and pastels and creating mixed media art. Thanks to the internet, Tricia has sold over 750 prints of her artwork and completed many commissions from clients worldwide. She loves to create and explore new ideas, mediums, and inspirations. She also loves to share her passion for the arts and her skills and experiences with anyone who desires to experience the endless possibilities and joys of creative expression.

Joshua Harker

Joshua Harker is a sculptor & multimedia artist recognized for adapting and incorporating modern design and manufacturing technologies with traditional methods and materials. This has included 3d printing, CAD design, digital sculpture, 3d scanning, biometrics, animation, and video projection mapping. Harker is considered a pioneer and visionary in 3d printed art and sculpture. 

In addition to a diverse variety of formal art education, his experience and skills were honed through profuse immersion and practice. Joshua’s fascination with digital sculpture and 3d printing technology began as a commercial sculptor and designer in the toy, invention, design, and product development industries. In the late 90’s, he founded a boutique design and development firm servicing entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. He served as its president through 2008, leaving his post to return to art.

In addition to exhibiting globally in galleries and museums, he produced the #1 most funded Sculpture project in Kickstarter history (2011-2015). Joshua’s experimentation in presenting his art through social media and the internet has garnered international recognition. His work is among thousands of collections, appearing worldwide in countless publications and press.

Joshua lives in Scio with his wife, daughter, dog, cats & chickens. When not busy creating, he enjoys making music, traveling, hiking, backpacking, & paddle sports.

Andrea Lozano

Born in Mexico City to a Michigan-born mother and Mexican father, Andrea calls herself a “Michimeca.” At age 13, she audited art classes at the University of Guadalajara’s Escuela de Artes Plásticas. After earning her BFA from Olivet College and studying graphic design at WMU, she freelanced for The Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Schools, and The Detroit Chamber Music Orchestra. She has illustrated four books. As an owner of the Art of Living Studio/gallery, she co-founded the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA). In 2002, she was named “Michigan Hispanic Artist of the Year” by the MI Hispanic Caucus in Lansing. After teaching high school art and Spanish in Santa Fe, NM, she spent one year in Mexico creating art and getting reacquainted with the culture she loves. Back in Michigan, she continues to share her experiences through teaching.

Lila MacKinnon

Lila is originally from Curtis, Michigan, north of the bridge but has been living in Ann Arbor for 4 years now while she finishes her BFA in Art and Design with a focus on illustration and graphic design at the University of Michigan. She loves getting to hang out and make comics with students and is super passionate about creating healthy drawing habits. Outside of teaching and making, Lila loves hanging out in coffee shops, playing guitar, and trying to chase down cats so they’ll let her pet them.

Julie Madden

Julie Schnell Madden is a ceramic artist who has worked with the material for over 35 years, creating both functional and non-functional clay objects. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has served as Visiting Artist at various institutions, often creating curriculum and teaching strategies while in residence. She received her BFA from Ohio University and her MA and MFA from Bowling Green State University. Spending most of her career teaching at various universities, she has recently relocated back to her hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where she has set up her studio.

Susan Mankowski

I am a woman searching for a deeper connection with others, nature, and myself. Art/teaching is a way I have found to work toward this goal. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, but I believe I came to life when I discovered Ann Arbor. The minute I first visited Ann Arbor, I felt more alive. This made for an easy decision to attend the University of Michigan School of Art. I spent a couple of years studying Interior Design but found myself each summer working with kids and teaching art. I decided to switch gears slightly and get my BFA and a teaching certificate. I believe teaching was the work I was meant to do. Soon after graduating, I got a job with the Brighton Area Schools. I began my career teaching art at the elementary level but eventually spent a few years at the middle school before moving on to high school. I spent 22 of my 32-year career teaching at the high school level. I taught a variety of media, but mostly ceramics. This was quite a challenge since my first loves were drawing and watercolor, but I jumped in, taking workshops and learning from a colleague. Now I can’t decide which I enjoy more, watercolor or ceramics. I’ve even combined them in my work on occasion. Before retiring, I had a studio built onto my home with space and equipment to do both. Since retiring from public schools, I have been teaching and creating in my studio and teaching at the A2AC. You can usually find me outside when I’m not in my studio. I enjoy putting around my yard, and long walks through my neighborhood or in one of the Ann Arbor parks. I enjoy spending time with my 2 young adult children or visiting my sister “up north,” where we walk, bike and kayak.

Marc McCay

Marc received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Coming from California and traversing the country several times, he finally landed at the Art Center. In addition to being a Printmaker and Ceramicist, Marc has a passion for all things Mid-Century.

Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell (she/her/hers) is a social worker and psychotherapist who has a passion for education and ceramics. She has worked with the Ann Arbor Art Center in various roles since 2014, including camp staff, ceramics studio assistant, ceramics instructor, and education consultant. Liz currently teaches youth ceramics classes and some adult workshops at the art center; her primary interests are wheel throwing and surface decoration. Liz enjoys playing roller derby, hiking, and caring for her houseplants when she’s not working as a therapist or art instructor.

Irene Mokra

Irene Mokra has been teaching kids for the last ten years. She has extensive knowledge of preschool and elementary school art education. Irene has graduate degrees in anthropology and business and has taken basic art education at Washtenaw Community College, and multiple classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Rec and Ed, and learning from Janet Kohler, Bob Banks, Mary Thiefels, Lea Bult, Sarah Clark Davis, Nick Reszetar, and others. Irene is a Huron River Art Collective member and many other professional artist associations. She exhibited her work at local galleries, Ann Arbor District Library, Ella Sharp Museum, and multiple non-juried sites. In 2017, she started an LLC children’s art studio, Imokra Art, and ran successful kids’ art camps and Sunday art school. Since 2017, she has developed a Reggio Emilia-inspired art program at Sunshine Special Preschool in Ann Arbor. Currently, she teaches art enrichment classes at Emerson school in Ann Arbor.

Amanda May Moore

Amanda May is a local artist, born and raised in Ypsilanti. She finds great value in living in such a vibrant community of many artists.

She graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 2006, studied Spanish Literature and Language at Michigan State, and furthered her education later at Eastern Michigan University for a teacher’s certificate in Spanish and TESOL/ESL.

It was not until the fall of 2019 that she was re-introduced to the art of printmaking when attending letterpress lab sessions at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library. It became a refuge for her through the stress of beginning her teaching career and later through the pandemic. After three arduous years of teaching in the midst of a pandemic and suffering the recent loss of her father to the fight against cancer, she has decided it best to take a break from teaching. With a new journey ahead of her, she plans to continue to create and offer art workshops in her community.

Deanne Neiburger Ceramic Studio Tech at the Ann Arbor Art Center

Deanne Neiburger

Deanne Neiburger is an artist living and working in Ann Arbor.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, with a major in figurative sculpture.  Deanne has been teaching both children and adults at the Ann Arbor Art Center since 2014, and joined the Art Center staff as the ceramic studio tech in 2018.  When not creating artwork, you can find her playing hockey, plucking the banjo, or playing the flute in the Ann Arbor Concert Band. 

Deb Scott

Deb is a native New Yorker who moved to Michigan 12 years ago. She has a BFA from SUNY Purchase, NY and an MS from NYU in Digital Imaging and Design. She taught 3D modeling and animation at the Art Institute of Michigan for 6 years. She has taught Stop Motion animation workshops at the Ann Arbor Art Center and character design and animation at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. After working in graphic design for 17 years, she turned her focus to production coordination working at Blue Sky Studios on feature animated films, including “Ice Age 3” and “Rio”. Deb helps artists and writers get their story told through animation and illustration.

Janet Szeto

Janet Szeto loves connecting with students of all ages and values every opportunity to explore creative ideas alongside them. She has taught visual art for over 16 years at community centers, in public and private schools, and pre-college programs nationwide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art (Painting) from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). When she is not teaching, she loves painting and making collages. Recently, she has been getting back into block-printing, and teaching herself pop-up paper design.

Alex Trajkovski

Alex Trajkovski is an artist and designer who works with graphite and oil paint in the Classical European tradition. In his work and teaching, he focuses on casts and portraiture using academic realism, emphasizing values and form. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from Eastern Michigan University. He is the Manager of Graphic Design & Production for the Detroit Pistons. Alex is also the founder of Grand Circus Magazine, a Detroit-based arts and culture publication.

Jon Van Eck

Jon Van Eck is an Ann Arbor-based artist who began his life-long love affair with ceramics in 1982. He became a member of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild in 1987, but left in 1990 to raise 5 kids, work, and go to school. He received a BFA in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University and taught the “Ceramics for Non-Majors” course for two semesters as a graduate teaching assistant. Jon set up a home studio and created Van Eck Pottery & Tile Works in 2005. In 2015 & 2016, he taught workshops at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild on making extruded ceramic dies and combining extrusions with thrown objects. In June 2018, Jon began teaching at the Ann Arbor Art Center, where he continues to teach.

Sajeev Visweswaran

Sajeev Visweswaran is a visual artist/printmaker based in Ann Arbor, USA. While he works in many media and styles, drawing always comes at the center of his work. He has focused on minimalist lines and measures etchings throughout his repertoire. Sajeev’s works draw on the tension between the mundane activities of everyday life and his political sensibilities, between his young life in village India and the world of fine art. He is fascinated by the intersection of the personal and the political, presence and absence, the domestic and the public. Sajeev received his training from the College of Art, New Delhi, where he received his BFA before completing his MVA at M.S. University, Baroda. His first solo show was held at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, in 2014, and his works have been selected for several exhibitions and group shows across India, as well as in Korea, Romania, and France. He has attended residencies at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, in 2014 and the ‘Residence Price’ at the 13th Biennale Internationale de Gravure de Sarcelles, France, in 2008. His work was also selected for The Fifth Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland în Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania, in 2018. Recently he curated a four-person exhibition, ‘Division, Commonality, Encounter’ at Scarab Club, which was well received in the Detroit art community.