Scarab Creative Arts Instructors
Hannah (Desch) Witter is a ceramic artist living in Fresno, CA. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a BFA in Ceramics and a minor in Horticulture.
Her current work is to create wheel-thrown ceramic dishware for everyday use. Function, unique qualities of form, and surface texture are important to her. With these aspects in mind, she creates one-of-a-kind and comfortable pieces for the home, most of which are inspired by natural forms and color palettes.
Hannah has taught both kids and adult beginners wheel throwing classes at Clay Mix and is looking forward to teaching at Scarab Creative Arts!
She attends vendor fairs and sells her work at Scarab Creative Arts Gift Shop.
Owner and instructor of Art Lab 559. Kia is passionate about promoting local artists, art education and creating fun spaces for making art of all kinds. She has 8 years of experience teaching kids and hosting art parties running her own art studio and being an art docent for Clovis Unified School District. Because of her zest for life and her spunky fun loving personality, she especially loves to celebrate life through art by facilitating Art Parties for all ages. She herself loves folk art painting and having fun with felt and is obsessed with bright bold colors. Her love of serving others and years of customer service makes sure everyone is taken care of and having a good time making art! She believes there’s an artist in everyone and supports an encouraging and non judgmental environment.
Maggie graduated from CSUF with a BA cum laude in art and began work as an artisan at Scarab Glass Works in 1978. At that time she taught leaded glass and children's art classes at Clovis adult school.
A few years later Maggie continued her education and obtained a multiple subject teaching credential with an emphasis in art education.
Maggie has taught at all levels, from pre-school through adult. She has trained in many artistic mediums, both 2 and 3 dimensional.
From 2008-2012 Maggie worked in the supporting arts for theater doing set design and special effects makeup. In 2013 Maggie began working with clay.
She believes the most important part of art education is to emphasize fostering the creatve spirit of the student as the technical aspects of the media are developed.
Time is of the essence and if you are like me, you want to squeeze the most juice out of every day! My passion is in simplifying the abstract art process so that you can let go of fear. The creative spirit cant thrive with fear alongside. They are opposing forces. Artists need freedom from fear to allow for the creative flow. Nothing thrills me more than to see artists get set free! I am also the founder of Deep Dive Design, an online course for Abstract Artists.