Children's Instructors


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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 BS in Art Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MFA 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 and 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, NC 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.


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 twelve 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!


Rachel Breitinger

Rachel Breitinger is a Senior at East Carolina University earning their Batchelor's of Fine Art in Ceramics and k-12 Art Education. They have a wide array of experience in ceramics, including wheel throwing, hand building, slip casting, and installation art. The current focus of their personal studio practice has two avenues, wheel thrown functional objects with illustrated surface decoration, and conceptual figurative sculptures. They are always looking for ways to cross other disciplines and media with ceramics and are always happy to help answer any ceramic question or brainstorm for a new idea.


Cheyanne Ludlum

Cheyanne was born and raised in Wilmington, NC where she received her Associates degree at Cape Fear before attending East Carolina to earn her BFA in ceramics. While her original passion was illustration, she fell in love with the art of ceramics and now combines the two by using various surface design and firing techniques. Although her main focus is wheel thrown functional ware, Cheyanne greatly enjoys using hand building methods to create large coil pots. She is on her final semester in the BFA program and hopes to take everything she learned back home after graduation, where she will continue to grow as an artist and maker.