Art Department Chair 2019 – Present
Current Classes: Ceramics, Drawing & Composition
June Steigarthart Gallery Manager 2003 – 2005 & 2020
Classes Taught: Ceramics, Painting, Drawing & Composition, Figure Sculpture, Sculpture, 3D Design, Color Dynamics, Raku, Art Gallery Management, Painting
Fan Lee Warren is a contemporary Chicago artist who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She has been exhibiting works on paper, sculptures, and installations for over three decades. Currently, she teaches drawing, painting, and art history at Laney College since 2000.
Hannah Tandeta studied art history and studio practice at UC Irvine, and later earned her MFA in Printmaking and Photography at San Jose State University. She has taught a broad range of subjects with Peralta Community Colleges since 2003. She has two daughters, two granddaughters, and one cat.
scheller and suns
Kaly Scheller-Barrett is a German-born Oakland-based fine artist, arts educator and advocate. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012 in Fiber Arts and later her MFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. When she’s not repairing kilns at Laney she’s in her studio weaving, painting, or hanging out with her dog, Odie.
Ceramics, 3D Design
Leah Bowring (now Pollock, Oct 13, 2019) received her BA in ceramics and BFA in graphic design from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year in Tokyo studying Japanese language, historical ceramics, traditional theater and architecture. She was a pupil of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter under whom she developed Japanese throwing techniques. She conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan while she taught English in the time between her formal degrees. She received her MFA in ceramics in May 2015 and now lives in Oakland, California. She currently is teaching ceramics at City College of San Francisco, Laney College in Oakland, CA, as well as in Berkeley at The Potters’ Studio. She currently is on the Board of Directors at The Potters’ Studio, leading scholarship program for young POC and high school students. She has taught at the college level for five years, including 3D Design and all levels ceramics, both on the wheel and handbuilding. Her specialty is soda-firing. She has taught 3-day workshops and trained over 200+ students on use of the soda kiln at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley. She has also worked with Nancy Selvin as her artist assistant for three years. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, she has worked on projects through Piece of Clay, Co. such as commissions to Michelin star restaurants at Sons & Daughters, designed ceramic furniture in collaboration with West Elm for their new Oakland hotel, and she has been featured in Architectural Digest. She sells both functional soda-fired tableware in small batches and creates minimal sculpture, often
Sculpture, Drawing, Art History
Professor Dockery was born in rural North Carolina. In 1982 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) from The San Francisco Art Institute. In 1991 Professor Dockery received a scholarship to attend Stanford University where he received a (M.F.A.) Masters of Fine Art Degree. Professor Dockery has held full time teaching positions at The University of Rochester, California College of the Arts, and adjunct positions at The University of Southern California, and the San Francisco Art Institute. His exhibition record include national, and international shows in California, New York, North Carolina, and Canada.
Painting, Art History
Liesa Lietzke is a San Francisco Bay Area based artist and curator. Her studio work has been exhibited at Deitch Projects Art Parade, Aqua Art Fair Miami Beach, The Oakland Museum of California, The Lab, Krowswork and other venues. She has curated for the June Steingart Gallery and the triennial California Breast Cancer Research Project Symposium. Her writing has been published by the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, San Francisco State University Humanities Symposium Journal, and others. Lietzke completed her graduate studies at California College of the Arts, earning a dual-degree MFA in sculpture and MA in Visual and Critical Studies (Contemporary Art History) in 2011 and has enjoyed teaching art and art history since 2014.
Martha “Mo” Storm
Mary Catherine Bassett
Ceramics, 3D Design, Sculpture, Art History
Mary Catherine Bassett grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains on a 200-acre cattle farm. Much of who she is and how she operates stems from living in the rural south. She moved to Chicago in 2003 to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After receiving her BFA with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies, Mary Catherine returned to Virginia and opened a Gallery and Invitational Residency program called Spectrum Studios. After two years of running Spectrum Studios, Mary Catherine moved up north to attend the School for American Crafts at the Rochester institute of Technology, receiving her MFA in Glass Sculpture in 2012. Since receiving her Masters, she has taught and worked at institutions such as Penland School of Crafts, California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley. In addition to holding the position of Full-Time Faculty in the Art Department at Laney College, Mary Catherine also owns and operates Applied Contemporary a contemporary craft gallery in Oakland, California.