Meet your Instructors
Dini Dixon is Clay Studio’s former Studio Manager. Now living in Brooklyn, Dini continues to teach live virtual classes and workshops for Clay Studio. Dini received a BFA in Ceramics from Pratt Institute. Her work explores the intersection of video and ceramics utilizing traditional ceramic techniques and stop motion animation. In 2018 she had solo exhibitions at 808 Projects in Denver and the Thomas Hunter Project Space in Manhattan. Her video The Long Goodbye was an official selection of the 2018 Supernova Digital Animation Festival. Currently she is preparing for solo exhibitions at Ghost Gallery in Los Angeles and New York opening May 2020
View Dini’s work at www.dinidixon.com
Ruby Mandell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art from UCSB in 2020 with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking. While at UCSB, Ruby taught beginners wheel throwing to students and adults. She has been working in ceramics since 2015, with an interest in slip trailing as surface decoration on most of her work. Taking inspiration from oriental rugs, henna designs, tile patterns and her natural surroundings, she creates intricate decorations on the surfaces of her pieces.
See examples of Ruby’s past and present work on her Instagram page: www.instagram.com/inspiredbyufy/
Since Jacob was eight-years-old, the malleability and plasticity of clay has served as his therapy. He applied his appreciation for art as an executive youth board member of the LA Museum of the Holocaust where he has curated exhibits and displayed his ceramic work. Through the museum, Jacob co-founded the non-profit L’Dough V’Dough, where intergenerational sessions focused on tolerance and storytelling are now held on college campuses across the U.S. Over the years, Jacob has enjoyed teaching hand building to children, wheel throwing to adults, and kick wheel skills to Ugandan college students. Aside from being an ardent potter, Jacob is a beekeeping enthusiast and passionate about the environment.
Erica Ales (Program Director at Clay Studio) has a deep passion for 3D clay printing and draws inspiration from the intersection of emerging technology and ceramics. Erica has spent the last year modeling 3D forms in Potterware, Rhino and Grasshopper and spearheads 3D clay printing and troubleshooting at Clay Studio in Santa Barbara. She co-led Clay Studio’s fall 2020 3D Clay Printing Basics course taught by Lynda Weinman. Outside of working with clay, Erica brings years of experience connecting social impact with the Arts, particularly documentary film.