Staff and Affiliated Artists

Clayhouse classes are small and intimate and are taught by accomplished artists and instructors in our  clean and bright studio.

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 […]

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, […]

Kate Butler

Kate Butler is an instructor at Clayhouse.  The daughter of a potter, Kate re-discovered her passion for ceramics and ceramic sculpture at the Pratt Institute, where […]

Ava Kapetanakis

Ava Kapetanakis is an instructor at Clayhouse. She is also a professional ceramist and plant lover based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Ava […]

River Valadez

River Valadez is an instructor at Clayhouse. He teaches beginner wheel classes and is  also a ceramic furniture maker currently exhibiting work in the New York […]

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, […]

Eliot Ovacık

Eliot Ovacık is a studio tech and kids instructor at Clayhouse Brooklyn and Painted Pot. A multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist from Dallas, TX, Eliot’s art […]

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 […]

Britt Moseley

Britt Moseley is an instructor at Clayhouse. Over the years he has pursued a diverse art practice that encompasses ceramics, painting, and audio/video projects. They have […]

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 […]