There is something really unusual about fiddling around with clay.
This wet, soft, and yet elastic piece of lump can soothe you, calm you and ground you. When your mind is off somewhere, or you are too rushed to something, it quietly tells you by showing it on the clay. It’s a whole learning path to be aware of your movement, sensitivity, to be connected within you. Practicing the moment of stillness.
We truly cherish this meditative element of working with clay, and we feel privileged to share this experience with the community.
Our teachers share this philosophy and we made sure to take time to share the method of teaching in our studio.
Alena Zaitseva | Alena is a studio potter and designer based in Montreal who joined the Mie Kim Studio as an instructor in 2021. Coming from a background in Industrial Design, she specialises in functional pottery on the wheel and enjoys sharing her love of clay with the students, guiding them through the process with patience and encouragement.
Jessica Keiko Mitsumasu | Jessica Keiko Mitsumasu, mainly referred to as Keiko, Is a Montreal based ceramist and designer. WIth a deep appreciation for pottery, her goal is to help students discover and experience the joys of expression through clay. Most of her pieces are centered around bringing to life the small and cute things that surround us, while still embracing the Japanese mantra, Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) — the acceptance and beauty of imperfection.