Our Instructors

"I carefully choose all of the instructors at BCA. Each with degrees in ceramics, most are also college instructors and everyone brings a unique aesthetic and approach to teaching at our studio". ~ Harry Berman

Harry Berman

After graduating with a BFA from Chouinard Art Institute. In 1972 Harry founded the Cahuenga Potters Studio, now Berman Ceramic Arts and Berman Kilns. For many years his company designed, manufactured and serviced kilns. During the last 50 years his primary interest has been directing his school of ceramics, creating large-scale ceramic murals with students in L.AUSD and instructing and mentoring students from kindergarten through university. He continues to direct and develop his school, is still passionate about teaching sculpture and introducing students to new concepts and methods of building and is still a working sculptor and painter.

Robert Miller

Following a BFA at Otis Art Institute and an MFA at UCLA, Robert apprenticed in Japan, developing skills in the traditional construction of large–scale ceramic vessels. Robert's work is shown and collected nationally and internationally. Robert is a ceramic instructor teaching at UCLA, a tenured college professor at Rio Hondo and with over 25 years teaching experience at BCA. His mastery of throwing and hand building functional forms along with the varied, ever–changing innovative demos and his ability to assist everyone with patience makes his class highly sought after.

Kitty Sheehan

She brings her BFA in ceramics, years as a master instructor at LAUSD, a senior graphic designer for the LA Times and Herald Examiner to BCA as an instructor. Kitty is an accomplished ceramist both as a potter and sculptor. Her hands–on teaching, including weekly demonstrations, which vary from building by hand, throwing on the wheel, to creating elegant clay surfaces and marvelous glazes along with her individual instruction makes for an exciting class.

Emilie Carroll

Emilie earned her BA in Art History from UCLA and MFA from CSUN in ceramics. Since graduating in 2019, she's been teaching at CSUN and CSUF. She also works as a technician at Moorpark College, firing kilns and maintaining the studio and most recently teaching at Berman Ceramic Arts. "Emilie is a young vibrant contemporary ceramist bringing fresh ideas to her students on how to approach working in clay. Her demonstrations from basic throwing to hand building, decorating and glazing are simple to understand and most effective. She provides terrific individual attention". ~ Harry Berman

Carol Sun

Carol received her BA degree in Studio Arts from UCI, and MFA from Cal Arts. She is a contemporary ceramist and potter, combining ceramics and electronic components to make interactive sculpture installations. She is currently an instructor at Rio Hondo College, their lab technician and responsible for firing kilns and overseeing the studio. She has also been teaching at BCA since 2016. "Carol brings a great variety of skills to her students from demonstrating and creating thrown dinnerware to hand building teapots and covered containers. She explains information very thoroughly and makes it easy for her students to grasp. In addition to the demos, she is attentive to each student's needs and ready to assist – her students truly appreciate her." ~ Harry Berman