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Artists and Educators

Culinary Arts

  • Christina Ng

    Christina Ng

    Culinary Arts

    A San Diego transplant by way of San Francisco, Christina is a personal chef and food educator rooted in supporting local farms and California growers at every meal served. A graduate of University of California, Davis in the area of Food Science, Christina has worked in various arenas of the food service industry including grocery, catering, hospitality, and corporate kitchen positions. She draws on all of these experiences to drive her events and classes across San Diego County.


  • Suzanne Balestri

    Suzanne Balestri

    Glass Work

    A native Californian, Suzanne Balestri was an interior designer when she first began her explorations with kiln-formed (or “fused”) glass. In 2017 she began teaching kiln-formed glass locally through the Art Glass Guild of San Diego and Fallbrook School of the Arts. Suzanne graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Marketing / minor in Advertising. She also received her BFA at the Design Institute of San Diego.

Jewelry and Metalsmithing

  • Tara Magboo

    Tara Magboo

    Jewelry and Light Metals

    Tara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design with a major in Illustration and minor in Jewelry and Light metals in 2001. After undergraduate school, Tara worked as head jeweler for a fashion jewelry company from 2002-2005. There, she gained knowledge of jewelry on a mass production scale and a hands-on view into the inner workings of running a jewelry business. Afterwards, she attended graduate school at San Diego State University where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 2009. Prior to graduation, Tara started teaching jewelry courses and workshops at the original UC San Diego Craft Center in 2008 till it closed its doors in 2012. In 2009, she started her own jewelry company, Adorable Mayhem, and regularly exhibits her work through prominent retail shows such San Diego Comic Con International and Design Festa in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Lisa Mueller

    Lisa Mueller

    Jewelry and Metalsmithing

    Lisa Mueller was initially trained as a metalsmith, making jewelry and functional metal objects. She attended San Diego State University, studying in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program under the instruction of Professor Helen Z. Shirk. As part of her curriculum, she also participated in studio courses, which focused on painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Following her years of study in San Diego, Mrs. Mueller entered the Metalsmithing program at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she studied under the instruction of Artist In Residence Gary S. Griffin.

    In the fall of 2004, Mrs. Mueller was appointed a position as Artist In Residence at Oregon College of Art & Craft. Her role at the college could be defined as both a conceptual and technical adviser to the students working in the studio. In 2005, she was awarded an additional residency at Denkmalschmiede Hoefgen in Germany. She spent a focused period of time there creating a body of work.

    Mrs. Mueller has exhibited in numerous galleries both nationally and internationally. Currently she resides in San Diego, and is both an educator and a practicing studio artist. She has been teaching art at the college level for the past 13 years.

Mixed Media

  • Maharani Peace Hall

    Maharani Peace Hall

    Mixed Media

    Maharani Peace Hall is a creative soul, passionate about equality and education for all that provides a diverse look at what the world has to offer. She has spent over 20 years working with students of all ages, creating bonds and transforming perspectives.

    Hall's experiences as a Director of Before & After School Programming, as well as a Community Organizer, have given her an intimate look at the lack of funding for the arts and cultural programs and what the absence of said programs does to the community. Her intentions are to provide the type of programs that expose people to the wonders of the world and show them how enriching and fulfilling culture, diversity, growth, and community can be.

    In addition to being an educator, Maharani is also an artist, vocalist, author, facilitator, and culinarian. She frequently intertwines all of these creative offerings in local community events.

  • Adel Szabo

    Adel Szabo

    Mixed Media

    Adel earned her Master's Degree in Jurisprudence and Political Science at the prestigious Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and after serving as a prosecutor for three years, she landed in San Diego, where she began volunteering to teach art at Deer Canyon Elementary. As her experience as an art instructor grew, she established a home studio for private students and groups. She has instructed at summer camps and workshops at All-Star Academy, Real Education Enrichment Academy, Inspire Charter School, The Gateway Retirement Homes, and Atria Senior Living.


  • Sarah Winston

    Sarah Winston

    Textile Arts

    Sarah Winston has been designing, dyeing, and weaving apparel and accessories (as well as preserving collectible textiles) for over two decades. A graduate of San Diego State University, she found her passion when enrolling in the graduate program for Applied Design in Textile in 2000. Over the years, her work has been featured in various group exhibitions such as the San Diego Visual Art Museum and the San Bernardino College Art gallery. She has received 1st place and honors at California Weaver’s Conference and numerous fiber art shows. She has 12 years experience in the museum world as a textile collection manager and received formal training through the CSU Long Beach and at the International Preservation Studies Center.

    Her dual cultural heritage from Switzerland and Nigeria is reflected in her hand-dyed, handwoven work. Her sources of inspiration are the harmonious colors and textures of nature, and her mentors are the traditional weavers and dyers of South Asia, Japan, and West Africa. She uses the beauty of natural fibers (linen, silk, hemp, and alpaca) with the subtle radiance of natural dyes and traditional techniques to create simple, elegant, wearable pieces.


  • Susan Wickstrand

    Susan Wickstrand

    Painting and Collage

    Susan Wickstrand was raised in La Jolla, and is a local artist in Encinitas. She graduated from USC with a B.A. in Fine Arts and works in various mediums from oil, acrylic to oils and encaustic (wax) collage on wood panels.

    Wickstrand has been a professional full-time artist for over 25 years and has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, with artwork displayed on various T.V. shows including ABC’s “Modern Family,” “Parenthood”, and “MTV Real World.” Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines and periodicals as well as public and private collections. She has collaborated with master photographers Art Brewer and Jeff Divine for her collages and worked with Rip Curl as their “Artist of the Search”, where her commissioned collages appear on apparel for the brand. Susan’s work can also be found at the Greenroom Galleries in Hawaii and Japan.

  • Lucy Wang

    Lucy Wang


    Lucy Wang, an international renowned artist, graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. She has blended her Chinese painting background and the influence of western painting techniques to develop an innovative style of three-dimensional watercolor on silk, which was featured by "Lynette Jennings, Design" on the Discovery Channel, and "Our Place" on Home and Garden TV. Her monthly educational television program, "The Magic of Chinese Brush Painting", is broadcast on several local cable television stations. Lucy is the author of five Chinese brush painting books which have been published and distributed worldwide. She also taught Chinese brush painting for over 30 years at her studio/gallery in the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park as well as the original UC San Diego Craft Center (1996-2012).

Pottery and Ceramics

  • Ellen Fager

    Ellen Fager


    Ellen Fager received all of her formal training in ceramics at the original UCSD Craft Center. While still in high school, she started to take classes there, hanging out on the kickwheels in the (then) front patio. After college she took more classes and workshops, managed the clay studio for a while, and was invited to teach, which she continued to do off and on until the Craft Center’s closure in 2012.

    Since then, she has been teaching at the San Diego Potters’ Guild, where she is a member. She is also a member of the Allied Craftsmen of San Diego and the Five Potters group. Most of Ellen’s work is wheel-thrown, almost always paddled, pounded, cut and pasted. In the 1990s, she made teapots in the shapes of fish that were exhibited nationally. More recently, she has been more interested in geometry. She is continually delighted by the things that happen when the symmetrical, utilitarian products of the potter’s wheel are altered and combined.

  • Ryan Gray

    Ryan Gray


    Ryan Gray is a native of upstate New York and draws heavily from the influence of that area. After graduating from Lewiston-Porter, where Ryan first was exposed to the world of ceramics, he was accepted into SUNY Buffalo. There, he majored in ceramics and acted as the president of the student-run ceramics club, The Coalition of Ceramic Designers. Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Ceramic Design and went on to complete his Master of Fine Arts degree at San Diego State University.

    Upon graduation Ryan has worked as a Ceramics Professor at Miracosta College, Miramar College, and Southwestern College. He has also helped start and run two non-profit Ceramic studios in the community, at the Lux Art Institute and Charity Wings Art Center. He has taught ceramics to children for the past 9 years at the Gateways Summer School, and continues to work in functional ceramics, sculpture, and painting.

  • Nancy Barbour

    Nancy Barbour


    Nancy Barbour received her MFA from the University of Florida, in Gainesville after attending Humboldt State University. She lived in Northern China for three years where she taught art classes at the International School of Tianjin, studied Chinese painting, and enjoyed a ceramic residency at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen. She coordinated the Ceramics programs at Colorado Mountain College and the Mendocino Art Center where she was an artist in residence. Nancy is a member of the San Diego Potters Guild and creates her work at their studio in Spanish Village.


  • Chance Coalter

    Chance Coalter


    Chance Coalter is a furniture designer, craftsman, and educator from San Diego. He received a degree in Applied Design (woodworking) and Business Administration (marketing) from San Diego State University in 2013. He is an Adjunct Professor at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, and has taught at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, the Sturt Craft Center in NSW, Australia, and Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, among others. His love for woodworking came at a young age, whether he was building a tree house with his dad or whittling on the porch with his grandfather. He currently works as a self-employed artist building mostly wood furniture.