Classes at the Craft Center are taught by community members from the Knox County area, as well as Kenyon students and staff. Interested in teaching a class or workshop? Contact us!
Robin attended school at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated with a B.A. in 1984, majoring in art and studying pots under Dean Schwarz, who was a student of master potter Marguerite Wildenhien. The emphasis was on functional thrown stoneware. After graduation, Robin served two apprenticeships with professional studio potters, where she really began to learn how to make pots. Then she returned to Luther to finish her teaching certification for art, grades K-12. She has worked as a teacher at the Columbus Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club as well as a substitute teacher in Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio.
She approaches clay as a marvelous playground for self-discovery, art therapy, and good sloppy fun. She believes that working with clay has great therapeutic benefits and is a terrific stress reliever, no matter what your technical skill level. Robin hopes that students come away from their time in the clay studio with something satisfying that they have made, but more than that, she hopes they experience a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment.
Liz Keeney grew up in Rhode Island and Washington, DC, before sojourns in Washington State, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and, since 1991, Gambier. Her Knox County roots are deep, however, as her grandfather was born in Mount Vernon and the bike path passes through the land several generations farmed.
Liz began cooking young, helping to make her own birthday cake from the age of four. By high school she was contributing to the family table regularly, largely in self-defense as her parents were not good good cooks. Cooking is a form of relaxation for Liz, who especially likes baking and creating things with fresh ingredients. In college and as a young professional, the need for quick, inexpensive food, taught her to be creative, a skill she loves passing on to less experienced cooks.
Liz's classes focus as much on techniques as on recipes. Students of all cooking levels are welcome. Fun will be had and good food will be created and eaten.
Marilyn is a retired Kenyon community member who came to the United States from England nearly 34 years ago and has taught knitting at the Craft Center for more than 20 of those years. She learned to knit at about 5 years old and became really excited by the process of making yarn when a student teacher in one of her grade school classes took the class on a field trip to gather sheep's wool from barbed wire fences! Marilyn knits for Wisp, a new yarn store in Granville, Ohio, and for Fringe in Salida, Colorado where she spends the winter. She belongs to fiber arts groups in both states.
Marilyn is delighted that knitting is now receiving the recognition she believes it deserves as an art form, and her class at the Craft center focuses on learning the skills needed to produce a garment or project to be proud of, and to give the student the tools to think beyond a printed pattern.
April and her family live in Gambier, where her husband, Kent (Class of '93), works in the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs for the College. She has taught beginning knitting for three semesters at the Craft Center and very much enjoys working with the students to learn the basic skills necessary for knitting.
April is a self-taught knitter and often learns as much from her students as she teaches them. Currently, she stays home full-time caring for her two young children. Previously, April was a broker with the Huntington Investment Company and trainer with Huntington Bank in Columbus.