Harriette LaskinPottery & Ceramics
Harriette has been working with clay since she was seven years old. As an educator, Harriette has taught for over 40 years in public school and at Tidewater Community College. After her retirement, Harriette helped to form the clay program at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in 2006. Harriette says that “Mud pies are a lot of fun!” She welcomes anyone who still likes to play in the mud to join her!
Allison KnappenbergerLiterary Arts
A published short fiction author is enjoying her second tour at the Suffolk Center. Allison is currently a Curriculum Reading Specialist with a Masters of Education in Reading and a candidate for Doctoral Studies. Allison is also a licensed high school English teacher who has spent six years teaching high school literature and writing. She has published short fiction work in Riverwalk Journal and continues to write short stories, poetry, and aspires to finish her young adult novel. Her previous training includes: working as a college writing consultant, writing for publication, advanced writing, script writing and writing workshops in the classroom.
Dedra BlountCulinary Arts
As a child I always knew that I wanted to be a Chef. My Grandmother served as my culinary inspiration, she showed me how to exhibit love through food. My mission in life is to get people back into the kitchen. I desire to start a ” Culinary Revival”. I was fortunate enough to attend the best culinary school Johnson & Wales University, however, I am aware that not everyone has been or will be afforded that opportunity. It is my personal goal to educate as many as possible to the possibilities and benefits of good food! Suffolk Cultural Arts Center has allowed me to bring my culinary edutainment to the city of Suffolk. Through this Center I can show people how to use the products that are grown and harvested in their own town to make food memories. I appreciate the opportunity to build relationships through food.
Ali RoganContemporary Glass
Ali Rogan has been an award-winning artist and teacher for over 20 years. Since 1999 she has been a owner of Cristallo Art Center. Ms. Rogan has been an instructor at the Governor’s School for the Arts, Norfolk, Virginia since 1998. She continues to teach a variety of glass workshops to help further the exploration of contemporary glass. Ms. Rogan pursues her personal studies in art at schools including Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at Corning Glass Museum, Penland School of Crafts, and Tidewater Community College. She has studied glass under the guidance of Czech maestros Juri Harcuba and Martin Rosol, Japan’s glass casting pioneers, Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi, Italian cameo engraver, Michaela Rinaldo, Seattle’s glass painting virtuoso, Cappy Thomspon, VCU’s past glass professor, Kent Ipsen, plus many others.