Summer 2019

Holly deSaillan


clay sculpture

Available Dates: Any weeks in June + July
1 student per session

For the week long mentorship, we will be concentrating on hand building with clay, developing ideas in your sketchbook and researching information. This mentorship, depending on the goals of the student, may include slab, coil and pinch building as well as using moulds. We will focus on both functional and sculptural techniques. We will work on basic glaze mixing within the low to mid-range electric firing temperatures. Time permitting; we will visit other clay artists in the area. We will be working at my studio at Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District. This will be an intensive learning experience and a lot of fun.


court mccracken

painting and mixed media

Mentorship Dates:
Friday June 14th 12-2pm
Friday June 21st 12-2pm
Friday June 28th 12-2pm
Friday July 5th 12-2pm (if students are traveling for the July 4th holiday we can decide on an alternative day/time together)
Friday July 19th 12-2pm
Friday July 26th 12-2pm
Friday August 9th 12-3pm (Last studio session & celebration!!)


1 student per session

I love to work with motivated art students in my studio. We will focus on not only developing traditional techniques of painting and drawing but also combining technique with personal meaning in your art work. We will learn how to source imagery and adapt it to painting, drawing, mixed media or even textiles! If you have a creative idea, we will focus on how to take that idea from your imagination and to create art work that is both strong and individual to you as an artist.


eliana rodriguez

printmaking and pottery



Mentorship Dates: See below

I am a recent resident of Asheville who loves all things art! My focus while in school was Printmaking but once I took a ceramics class there was no looking back. Now in my own practice I work in both Ceramics and Printmaking, often combining the two. I enjoy warm weather, cacti and vibrant colors. I look forward to participating in this mentor program with you!

Mentorship Option 1:
Preferred Schedule: One solid week - M-Th from 2:00 - 5:15pm
June 10th-13th or 24th-27th
1 student per session

For this mentorship we will create five 10in by 22in prints using a printmaking technique called Monoprinting. Printmaking, which is an art form that involves creating art from impressions and stamps, is typically used to create multiples of the same image. However, when creating a monoprint, stamps and impressions are still used but each print is creating through different experimental techniques making each one unique. During our mentorship we will work to create these unique prints using screenprinting techniques, stamps and cut paper techniques. The process for the first three prints will involve hands on, responsive printing with me as the director. The other two prints will involve the same techniques and theme but will be guided by the mentee. The final results will be a beautiful multi-layered print. 


Mentorship Option 2:
Preferred Schedule: One solid week - M,T,W,F from 2:00 - 5:15pm
June (15th, 16th, 17th, 19th) or (29th, 30th, 31st,  Aug. 2nd)
1 student per session

During the week of this mentorship we will create a ceramic wall installation that is also functional. Using basic but essential handbuilding techniques we will create a set of nine plates that can be hung on the wall. This will help you learn processes that will work for functional ceramic pieces and/or pieces that could go in galleries or museums. We will be focusing on surface design by using mid-range red clay, colorful underglazes, and glazes to create a beautiful final piece. The main technique we will be using will be a newsprint transfer technique that is perfect for transferring detailed drawing/paintings onto clay. Through this mentorship you will learn important ceramic techniques that will guide your artmaking.  

Viola Spells

Viola wearing one of her beautiful crochet wired necklace and earings.

Viola wearing one of her beautiful crochet wired necklace and earings.



Mentorship Dates:
June 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and July 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays
2 hours a day from 9:00 - 11:00am
1 or 2 students per session

I am Viola Spells, owner and designer at ZenobiaStudio. My studio is located at 344 Depot St. in the Pinkdog Creative which is in the River Arts District. I am a retired librarian from The Free Library of Philadelphia. There I managed a regional library which gave library service to the community of northeast Philadelphia. After retirement, I went back to school at East Tennessee State University where I received my B.F.A. in metalsmith and jewelry. My medium is crochet wire. I learned to crochet as a Girl Scout growing up here in Asheville. My mother and grandmother also crocheted. This medium was perfect for the study of lines and all the things that you can do with lines. I primarily weave these wires to create jewelry. This summer I plan to teach metal smith basics: sawing, filing, sanding, piercing, roll printing, riveting, stamping and simple weaving techniques. With these basic techniques, any student will be able to make simple jewelry.


Marsha Unger


sewing / upcycling

Mentorship Dates:
June 24, 25, July 8, 9, 22, and / or 23
3 hours a day from 2-5pm
1 or 2 students per session

I have been sewing since I was 12. My sweet little mom taught me, and I’ve loved it ever since. The other thing my mom taught me so many years ago was frugality. In this generation we have great concern for the health of our planet. I’ve learned to address one of these issues by using my sewing skills to upcycle. The fashion industry creates one of the top forms of dangerous wastes presently, so finding ways to cut down on manufacturing is important.

Upcycling is the process of turning something used and or no longer usable in its present form into something usable in a new form. Turning a skirt into a tote bag, a T-shirt into a skirt or a jacket into a vest. Even leather belts into jewelry.

If you love our world and enjoy fashion, and don’t mind thinking outside the box, come join me for some challenging fun. And, in the process we will slow down some of the waste. Beginning sewing skills will help, but are not necessary. Looking forward to a fun summer creating with you.


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