Jorge Corral is a lifelong artist hailing from Miami, Florida, whose creative journey began as a young boy sketching on his bedroom walls. With an insatiable passion for art in all its forms, Jorge has honed his skills across various mediums, including painting, illustration, concept art, animation, 3D modeling, and visual effects (VFX). His extensive experience and dedication to the craft have made him a versatile and accomplished artist. Now, Jorge is excited to share his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for art in the classroom, inspiring future generations of creatives to follow their artistic dreams.

Andrew Braunberger is a versatile artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota who works in many media. Chalk pastels, acrylics, oils, pens and markers, digital media, sculpture, ceramics, and food. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences from the University of North Dakota in 1992. He loves to collaborate with other artists.

Minna Maillakakis is an art experienced educator and artist living in Southwest Florida. She has taught grades PreK- middle school art as well as classes for seniors living in skilled nursing homes. For the last 4 years, she has concentrated on serving the elderly and providing a high level of customer service and earned a hospitality certification while supervising a motel at a large, local continuing care retirement community. For her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs at the beach, loves planning children’s birthday parties, enjoys strolling at art festivals, and painting.  She is excited to join the Alliance team and looks forward to working in youth education to bring more art to children in the area.

I am a local artist and make crafts I sell from clothing to random creations. However, I create art to relax, not just for money. I like to do art anytime I can and it makes me happiest when my art makes others happy. I have two cats named Dexter and Chowder, and small dog named Freya. I’m also going to be a mom soon too and can’t wait to see my baby. Art is about relaxing and creativity not stressing out!

Our names are Bre and PJ Barber. We love pottery and we love our community! Our goal is to use the space and tools we have to have a positive impact on the community around us through providing a therapeutic outlet and equipping the more vulnerable populations with a skill. As we grow, we know that this passion will only start taking a larger role in what we do!

Bre has always loved all art forms, but dove into pottery her last year of college as a way to fulfill her need for three more credit hours in order to graduate and fell in love! She does a lot of custom orders and detail work with underglaze!

PJ has always appreciated art, but did not love making it until he found pottery! He loves the form required in order to make things on the wheel and the science required to make specific glazes and use other techniques!

Together, it is our pleasure to serve you and help equip you to do pottery in the studio or in your own home! Everything we do in the studio is done intentionally so that we can better partner with organizations that are already doing good in the community and serve them!