Christie Slater Hubley
Christie founded Tinker Art Studio and opened the doors in January, 2012. Prior to starting the Tinker, Christie taught third grade at The Studio School, an arts-integrated magnet school in Northglenn, CO, from 2009-2011 and was the founding grade-level teacher. She then established a ceramics program at The Studio School and continued teaching in the Ceramics Studio through 2014. Christie is also an arts-integration specialist--collaborating with classroom teachers to plan arts-integrated thematic units of study. She holds her Masters of Education in Integrated Teaching through the Arts, and her Colorado State Teaching License with an endorsement in Elementary Education as well as Art. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not teaching or managing the business, Christie is a ceramic artist and enjoys both wheel throwing and handbuilding. A native of Western North Carolina, Christie moved to Boulder 12 years ago and enjoys Colorado activities and adventures with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Larkspur.
Anika, a Colorado native, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in college she fostered her passion for the arts. With degrees in Art and English Literature Anika hopes to continue working with children, the arts and lifelong learning. Seeing children progress and change through the years is part of the reason Anika loves what she does. After spending a year traveling the world Anika is excited to be back at Colorado and working at Tinker. In her spare time Anika enjoys being outside, reading, learning new things, and creative projects.
Heather grew up in Arkansas and attended college at The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she graduated with a BFA in Art Education. Her emphasis was on painting with a secondary on printmaking. She moved to Boulder in 2014 and centers her lifestyle around her passions: teaching art, gardening, biking, yoga and hiking with her two dogs, Kava & Daisy.
Joy moved to Boulder 15 years ago to finish her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado. She fell in love with the people and the creative community she found here. She moved up Sunshine Canyon where she ran her own pottery studio for over five years, making beautiful vibrantly colored porcelain dinner ware. In 2005 she received her Teachers License from Naropa, and began teaching at September High School for the next 7 years. There she created a free after school arts program for teens in the community called, After Hour Arts. Joy loves working with her hands in a wide variety of mediums, but especially loves teaching and working on the potters wheel. She now lives in the Holiday Neighborhood with her two young children and is excited to be making art again.
Intrigued by the abstract elements that make up a work of art such as shape, pattern, color, value and texture; Jeanne says that "there are the things that excite me when I interact with the world around me. These are the tools that I draw from when I put my brush to canvas."
Growing up in the Colorado Mountains with a father who painted was the early inspiration that lead Jeanne into a career in art. Mainly self-taught, Jeanne has participated in numerous art shows where she has won numerous awards. Some of the more notable one are for 1st place emerging artists, High Pains Art Show, Denver, 2007; Best of Show, Miniatures, Western Spirit Art Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY, 2011; 2nd place, Colorado Plein Air art Show, Denver, 2012; and 2nd place, as well as Artists' Choice award at the Wild About Colorado Plein Air Show, Breckenridge, 2016.
Megan grew up in Denver, and has been in Boulder teaching art at New Vista High School since 2015. She double-majored in English Literature and Studio Arts at CU Boulder, and went through their School of Education's secondary English Language Arts program. For as long as she can remember, she wanted to be an art teacher. Helping children find ways to express themselves brings her joy, and she believes that fostering that creativity is one of the best things she can do to help make the world a better place. When she's not teaching, she can almost always be found somewhere outside with her friends and her dog Leo.
Erica Day is a figurative artist who was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. In 2010, she graduated as Valedictorian from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where she majored in painting, drawing, and printmaking. As a BFA student, Erica gravitated towards figure painting and portraiture, which remains at the center of her artistic practice today. Day's work has been featured nationally, in pop-up shows at the historic Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit and the Newhouse Hotel in Denver, in traveling exhibitions with the Ann Arbor-based Gallery Project, and most recently at the Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA) in Colorado Springs. Erica received her MFA in painting & drawing from the University of Colorado at Boulder in August of 2017. As an MFA candidate, she taught undergraduate classes in figure drawing and painting, introductory oil painting, and introductory drawing over a course of six semesters. As a teacher, Erica strives to instill a fearless approach to art making, encouraging personal growth through media exploration and experimentation. Her goal is to foster a bridge between art and the outside world while helping each individual student develop their own technical skills and artistic voice. Erica currently lives and works in Boulder, where she enjoys running, hiking, hanging out with her cat, and frequenting rock concerts, galleries, and 24-hour diners in her free time.
Rachael is a Colorado Native who just completed her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Rachael is excited to be part of the Tinker team as she passionately receives experience that will make her a better art educator in the future. Rachael has ten years of painting and drawing knowledge, and three years’ experience teaching pottery to all ages. Rachael is always working and researching towards creating a classroom that encourages complete artistic freedom; providing for students the skills they need to complete artwork, but also the skills to interact with artwork throughout a life time. Rachael’s goal is to someday be able to an art educator whose classroom lives beyond the room’s four walls to positively influence students’ understanding of art within their community. Rachael currently lives in Louisville and enjoys gardening, cooking, and exploring her passions of animation, music, and mixed-media art.