Children's Instructors




ephipany knedler

Epiphany Knedler is a chronicler and image-maker of American life. Growing up in Vermillion, South Dakota, she finds comfort in Midwestern aesthetics and small-town familiarity. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BFA in Fine Arts with an
emphasis in Photography and a BA in Political Science. She strives to shed light on contemporary economic disparity through familiar environments. She is currently based in Greenville, North Carolina, pursuing an MFA in Photography at East Carolina University.

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Rae Koenig

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Rae Koenig is in her fourth year as a BFA in Painting and Ceramics at East Carolina University. She is drawn to textured surfaces, soft color, and intentional designs, frequently incorporating such elements in her own work through wood and soda firings. Rae is a firm believer in visual art as a powerful tool for growth, connection, and healing, and desires to help others take steps towards those goals through creative expression. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree, Rae plans to move back to Charlotte to gain more work experience before moving on to grad school.


gail ritzer

 Gail Ritzer received her B.S. in Art Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.F.A in Ceramics and Painting from East Carolina University. She has been exhibiting her work nationally since 1980 at such locales in New York, The University of Missouri-St. Louis, Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Nebraska. Her work has appeared in several publications including: FiberArts Design Book, Art/Quilt Magazine, exhibition catalogs. Gail has been fortunate to receive a number of grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to pursue a variety of personal and community arts projects. She has been teaching surface design techniques, mixed media methods, painting, and ceramics to students of all ages for many years at workshops, as Outreach Coordinator for the Greenville Museum of Art and as an instructor at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.


Heather mae suter - camp counselor

Heather is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. She was born in Michigan and moved to Apex N.C. in 2001 where she began to pursue her love for both visual and theater arts. Moving to Greenville for college in 2007, she explored her loved for jewelry design, interior design and pottery. Heather is currently our Educational Coordinator and loves being involved with our children's classes and public events. As an artist her inspiration comes from colors, repetitive imagery, and organic patterns found in nature. The objective of her artwork is to simultaneously create decorative and utilitarian ceramics.


hosanna rubio

Born and raised in Southern California, Hosanna Rubio currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, where she recently graduated from East Carolina University with an MFA in Metal Design. She received her BA in Art Education from California State University Long Beach, where she also studied Metals and Jewelry. Hosanna specializes in creating wearable art pieces and small-scale sculptures that explore themes inspired by her personal experiences with issues such as health, medicine, and nature. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.


Jacqueline Hobbs

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Hobbs. I was born and raised right here in Greenville, North Carolina, and am currently studying Art at East Carolina University where I plan to graduate with a BFA in Art Education. I began taking art classes at a very young age and have never stopped. While I have dabbled in several different art forms and medias over the years I find the most joy in ceramics. I've been hand building for about 12 years now and have been on the wheel for about nine. While I love anything I can get messy with, nothing has captured my heart like ceramics has and honestly I'm not sure anything will!


sarah lazure

Sarah Lazure is a photo-based artist currently living in Greenville, North Carolina and working towards her MFA in Photography at East Carolina University. As an artist who likes to get her hands dirty, Sarah uses a variety of processes to make her work. She uses everything – to include alternative photographic processes, printmaking, and mixed media. Her self-portraits are intricately layered images that are just as much about the process as the final image itself.