our newest instructor
And introducing our newest instructor, “Q”! Born in Beijing, China, Qingnan (or “Q”) is an all-around artist specializing in landscaping, horticulture, design, and ceramics. She pursued her education at Pratt Institute in New York City for four years, and has lived everywhere; Brooklyn is her favorite city so far. Her artistic style is characterized by its endearing nature, reflecting the culture and environments she has experienced — from idyllic countryside scenes to the bustling cityscape. Qingnan initially learned the art of hand building under Rude’s guidance, but she has since honed her skills to include slab building, pinching, coiling, and wheel throwing, each technique contributing to her unique style. When Lissa, Sarah, and Rude saw Q’s dedication to the studio, we invited her to be our intern – and as part of her artist-in-internship program, she teaches our one-night handbuilding classes, where students make cups, animals, hanging pockets, planters, and tiny houses. Q has three cacti that are 6 years old, and she enjoys making dumplings – for friends to eat – and dumplings in clay, that are the most adorable little pieces we’ve ever seen. During her leisure time, Q enjoys hiking, where she collects various botanicals to press their forms onto clay, but her favorite piece she has made thus far is the vase, pictured here!