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 enjoys Colorado activities and adventures with her husband, their 1-year-old daughter, and dog.
Anika, a Colorado native, has been with Tinker since 2016. While in college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she fostered her personal passion for the arts. With degrees in Art and English Literature Anika now loves having the opportunity to work with children and adults to encourage artistic growth and lifelong learning each day while at the studio. A jack-of-all trades at the studio, you might see Anika teaching classes, doing administrative work, helping in the Make & Take Studio and more. In her spare time, Anika enjoys being outside, reading, traveling, and going on as many adventures as possible with friends and family.
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 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. Podwoiski'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.
Julia is an educator and ceramic artist with a passion for all things art! She studied at FAU where she graduated with a BFA in Ceramics and a Bachelors in Education, along the way earning awards and scholarships for the dedication to her work. After graduation, Julia worked at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, FL and taught IB Visual Arts for 5 years. As an engaged educator, Julia organized Mindfulness student gatherings and Art club events. Julia recently moved to Colorado from Miami, Florida and is an apprentice at the Boulder Potter’s Guild. She is very excited to be here in Boulder and to be a part of its growing artistic community. When Julia is not teaching or in the studio she enjoys hiking, reading, journaling, and spending time with her husband Shawn and her pets Ruca and Sly.
Margaux recently moved to Boulder and has truly enjoyed each day since. She is excited to be a part of the Tinker team and spread her love of art and creativity with others. Margaux was first introduced to ceramics at her neighborhood, non-profit art studio in New Milford, Connecticut and completely fell in love. She has eleven years of painting and ceramics study and has three years of experience teaching ceramics. She loves teaching and recently spent time in Costa Rica, teaching English and as a Science teacher at a summer camp here in Boulder. She loves working with kids and is continuously impressed and inspired by their boundless creativity. Margaux also enjoys yoga, climbing, hiking, and gardening.
Ashley, originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, moved out to Colorado to fulfill her dreams of living out West and becoming an Art Teacher. During the school year, Ashley teaches at Mountain Range High School in Westminster. There, she teaches Ceramics I and Foundations of Art classes. When it comes to the summer time, she loves to go camping, take road trips all over the United States, and adventure (A LOT) with her pets Riggley and Huckleberry. Ashley continues to surround herself with people that share her same passion: creating, learning, and teaching visual arts. She is excited to be back at Tinker, but now, as one of the Lead Summer Camp Teachers!
Mariah is a Boulder native whose passion for working with children is only rivaled by a life-long love of art. Mariah taught preschool for a year after graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Human Development in 2017. She now lives in the Denver Highlands and is student-teaching in a Title I kindergarten through the University Of Colorado- Denver’s Graduate Program in Urban Education. Hopefully, by the time you meet her she will have successfully obtained her masters and licensure in Elementary Ed., and (fingers-crossed) procured a first-year teaching position! In her free time, you can find Mariah practicing yoga, running, painting, drawing, hiking, and soaking up the sun!
Nora is originally from up and down the East Coast and landed in Boulder three years ago. She started her career in nonprofit work and poverty alleviation and made the transition to the field of education after working as a children’s summer camp counselor and realizing how exciting, entertaining, and rewarding working with children is. She has worked with children and youth in various settings—as a preschool teacher, tutor, drawing teacher, camp counselor, and mentor through the Boulder Justice Center. As an artist she is drawn to any and all forms of art, from water colors to interior design. Her favorite medium is a classic #2 pencil on paper. Nora had her artwork printed onto greeting cards that are now sold in a boutique in her hometown of which 100% proceeds go to the local women’s shelter. She is drawn to art as an outlet for social change and community engagement. In her free time she enjoys hiking, climbing, biking, and gardening. Her long term goal is to become a licensed art therapist!