Staff & Faculty


Monday thru Friday: 10am-3pm


Margaret Griffen, Executive Director

Kathy Magiera, Director of Development and Marketing

Alison Baer, Manager Cheltenham Center for the Arts Shop

Sherri Feinberg, Manager, Administration & Registration


Joan Brown, Ceramics

Annie Sarachan


Bea Batt- Behar

Bea has received her Rio Certification in 2006 from Chris Darway at University of the Arts and continued to be re-certified this past Spring in Precious Metal Clay. She continues to refine her skillsby taking additional classes on repouse/PMC with Holly Gage and enameling on silver and copper with Linda Darty. When she is not teaching, she sells her one of kind pieces at craft shows and to private customers.


Laura Demme

Laura Demme also teaches at many Community Art Centers in the area (Main Line, Wayne and Wallingford).  Her work encompasses sculpture using ceramics, concrete and mixed media.  She also works as a painter in oil, encaustic and decorative slip painting.  Laura is comfortable working with all levels of students.  Her web site

Colleen Hammond

Colleen graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fines Arts and received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Moorestown, NJ where she was born and raised. She is an art educator and currently works for the Mural Arts Program, ArtWorks!, and the Saturday Arts Lab at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She is also the Painting and Printmaking artist in residence at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

Barbara Hanselman

Barbara considers herself a maker and mentor of all things clay.  Her pots, constructed from slabs or using a pinch-strip method I developed, bear the look of fabric, metal, leather or whimsical china. In addition, she addresses how what she is going to make will look before asking the question, what's it going to be - an approach quite out of the norm for most potters. Her signature pieces evolve from the stoneware 'fabrics' she create and enhance with patterns, texture and color. It is her unorthodox methodologies coupled with classic hand building techniques - pinching, coiling, extruding - which result in these whimsical pieces which beg to be handled.

Lana Heckendorn

Lana makes objects of porcelain and porcelain-like stoneware, which are intended for use in the home, to contain food and drink, flowers, or small precious items. Both hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques are used to create the clay forms that are further embellished with applied and drawn decoration, often covering the surfaces like fabric or netting. Lana is an accomplished ceramic artist and excellent instructor.


Paul Kane

Studied at Atelier D'Andre L'Hute in Paris and received a certificate and a Cresson and Schedidt grants from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  He has participated in numerous group and one man exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Selected collections include The Aldrich Museum, Plicker Art Museum, Colgate University, The Thomas Evans Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Delaware, and The Saatchi Collection - London.  He is represented by the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia.

Dustin Karrat

Dustin graduated from Arcadia University's theatre program.  He is a Philadelphia based actor, fight choreographer, and teaching artist.
He has worked with People's Light and Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Azuka Theatre, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights, among others.

Ellen Pine Litwin

BFA, Ceramics, Phila. College of Art, Grad. studies in Ed., MCCC, Temple U., Cheltenham Clay Guild, Vermont Craft Center, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Taught at (GYW-YWCA), Mount Airy learning Tree, Wyncote Academy, Vermont CC. Exhibited at The Clay Studio, Abington Art Center, Cheltenham Art Center, Vox Populi Gallery, Artists League of Mount Airy.

Jafang Lu

Jafang Lu was born in Taiwan. She received her B.A. degree from the City College of New York University. Upon graduation, she studied with Nelson Shanks. She is currently an instructor at Studio Incamminati.

Pat McDonald O'Brien

Pat is a literacy specialist and certified school librarian. Pat graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education of Exceptional Children and later from Drexel University where she earned a Masters of Science degree in Human Behavior and Development. While at Drexel, Pat also earned her Reading Specialist Certificate.

Pat has studied at the University of New Hampshire’s Reading and Writing Institutes, and has published several articles on literacy and learning. She is an active member of NCTE and IRA. For over five years, Pat was the children’s book review editor for Voices from the Middle. Pat has taught reading and writing to children with disabilities and reading weaknesses for over 30 years in both private and public schools.

Sarah Myers

Sarah studied at the University of the Arts and with renowned artists in Italy.  Sarah is an accomplilshed jeweler, printmaker and excellent teacher!

Rona Richter

Rona received her BFA in Painting from the University of the Arts.  She continued her graduate studies at Columbia University, the New York Studio School, and at Tyler University.  Rona has also studied hand papermaking in Japan, Thailand and Burma.  She is an award winning exhibitor in the American Color Print Society show, Artists' Cultural Exchange and various other national shows.  She has taught at Bucks County Community College, Perkins Center for the Arts and the Abington Art Center.

Marthe Roberts - Shea

Marthe Robers/Shea graduated from Moore College of Art, in Philadelphia, with a double Major in Advertising and Illustration. She has been Managing Art Director for Dupont de Namours Pharmaceuticals - Delaware, and CIGNA Corporation - Philadelphia. She has successfully run her own business, Taxi Graphics, Incorporated, since 1990. Skilled in electronic illustration and Graphic Design, she has created numerous award-winning pieces. She illustrates regularly for several Magazines. Her ability to communicate and grasp sometimes obscure ideas and concepts, and translate them into "client-pleasing" pieces is her primary strength. Marthe is a member of the Art Directors' Club of Philadelphia.  Marthe was recently elected the President of the American Society of Goldsmiths.

John Sevcik

John is an accomplished Philadelphia painter.  He trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has taught at the Fleisher Art Memorial, Delaware College of Art and Design, Immaculata College and Bucks County Community College.  His work can be seen  He and his wife Lynn also have a blog:

Bailey Shaw

Bailey earned her BFA in Acting from Arcadia Universiity, Bailey has been a member of the Cheltenham Center for the Arts staff for two years.  She specializes in improv, movement and laughter.  Known to many of the camp students, Bailey is also a very serious actor who is willing to share her knowledge with you.  She is currently working on various theater projects in the greater Philadelphia area.

Merle Spandorfer

Merle holds a BS from Syracuse University. Her work is in collections of PA Academy of Fine Arts, Phila. Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. She has had solo shows at Locks Gallery, Mangel Gallery and Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo. Co-author of "Making Art Safely" published by Van Nostrand Reinhold.