Mitra Mahmoodi is a full-time studio potter and ceramic sculptor based in Vancouver. Her functional and sculptural works are informed by an investigation of her Middle Eastern and Islamic heritage and ongoing engagement with the landscape, architecture, languages, and wisdom of that part of the world.
She began working with clay in her late twenties at a Community Centre. Very quickly Mitra became so enamoured with the medium that she quit her career in Economics // Commence to pursue life as a Ceramic Artist. Mitra received her diploma in Ceramic Design from the University of Arts London, Uk, and her BFA from Emily Carr University of Arts and Design in 2021. For more than 5 years now, she has been instructing hand building and wheel throwing, as well as working as a studio technician.
“Teaching ceramics was another step in my growth as a ceramist for
sure. Having taught some of my students from the basics of pottery to the
point at which they could throw good quality pots on the wheel has been
Mitra’s work has been exhibited at group shows at Richmond Art Centre; Centre A; Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta; the Pangolin London; Ceramic Art London; Central Saint Martins; and The Wedgwood Museum in the UK.
"Mitra is wonderful. I like the pace and ability for all students to tackle what they are passionate about."
"I love Mitra’s style of teaching. She’s encouraging and very clear with her instructions."
"Good class experience! Mitra is a great instructor and I learned a lot from her!"
ANTHONY DUNLOP is an award-winning ceramicist, a life-long creative and artist—holding a BDes from the Alberta University of the Arts (2002) and a BFA in Visual Arts specializing in Ceramics from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2020). He worked in Advertising and Design in the Fashion and Financial industries before shifting gears in 2016 when a beginner pottery class sparked a renewed passion for working with clay.
Pottery is a pathway to creativity for people of all walks of life, even people who don’t consider themselves artists! Almost all of us got to play with clay in our youths. As a child, the pottery studio was a safe place for Anthony to explore art and creativity. He is passionate about holding space for that freedom and joy for students in his ceramic instruction. Anthony has been teaching pottery to adults since 2019, he says nothing brings him more joy than watching students find their new flash of creativity.
"Anthony is super knowledgeable and I enjoyed the focus on design."
"I’ve loved all the classes and workshops. The instructors I’ve had (Anthony and Mitra) have all been very knowledgeable and supportive."
"Anthony was so kind and patient with everyone. It was a great intro class taught by him"
"Enjoyed Anthony's relaxed/self-led approach to teaching."
Myriam Duchesne is a ceramic artist living and working in Vancouver BC. She first fell in love with clay while completing her BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
Myriam is infatuated with the process and tactility of making things out of clay. Her focus is primarily on creating functional pieces; objects designed for interaction and integration into our spaces and routines. She believes that there is a warmth to handmade objects. That objects created with intention carry the weight and thought that went into making them.
Myriam is also passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of making and has been working as an instructor since 2011. She loves nothing more than introducing people to the wonders of working with clay. She always strives to meet her students where they are, while providing them the tools to grow their skills and explore their creativity.
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