Staff and Affiliated Artists

All of our instructors are accomplished artists and are the foundation of our studio. Whether teaching a semester class, party, or private lesson, our instructors love sharing their knowledge and passion for pottery with others!

Lisa Mendoza

Lisa Mendoza is the owner and founder of two successful businesses: Painted Pot and ClayHouse Brooklyn. Her passion for clay stems from college when she participated […]

Lizzie Butler

Lizzie Butler is Director of Clayhouse Brooklyn. She manages the inner-workings of the studio and oversees teaching, staffing, course registry, clay supplies, classes, special workshops and […]

Elena Sonnenfeld

Elena Sonnenfeld is the Assistant Director of Clayhouse Brooklyn and is also an instructor. Her love for ceramics translates into her dedication for teaching, managing the […]

Julie Knight

Julie Knight is an instructor at Clayhouse.  She is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design and majored in printmaking. She has been […]

Melissa Stanley

Melissa Stanley is an instructor at Clayhouse. She specializes in beginner classes– inviting students into the world of clay. She was born and raised in England […]

Lilian Wu Finckel (Lili)

Lilian Wu Finckel (Lili) is an instructor at Clayhouse. As a ceramicist and artist based in Brooklyn, she loves to experiment with functional and aesthetic ceramics, […]

Xenia Lane

Xenia Lane works at Clayhouse Brooklyn as a studio technician and teaches kids classes and private lessons. Xenia comes from California – she studied ceramics at […]

Mia Calixto

Mia Calixto is a manager at Painted Pot and a studio tech at Clayhouse. A Brooklyn born and raised artist, Mia loves painting, mixed media, photography, […]

Noah Heil

Noah Heil is a studio technician and instructor at Clayhouse. He first fell in love with clay while attending Macalester College in his home state of […]

Gus Laughlin

Gus Laughlin is studio technician at Clayhouse and teaches Clay & Art classes at our Cobble Hill and Park Slope locations. Gus is a visual and […]

Dominic Sparano

Dominic Sparano has been working in ceramics for 20 years. He took his first ceramics class at Nassau Community College and proceeded to Adelphi University where […]

Eital Schattner-Elmaleh

Eital Schattner-Elmaleh is an instructor at ClayHouse. She first began throwing on the wheel at 10 years old and has been creating decorative and functional ware […]