Staff


  Founder, Owner & Director    M.Ed., Lesley University - Integrated Teaching through the Arts   BA, CU Boulder - English Literature and Elementary Education  Colorado State Teaching License - Elementary Education and Art

Founder, Owner & Director

M.Ed., Lesley University - Integrated Teaching through the Arts

BA, CU Boulder - English Literature and Elementary Education

Colorado State Teaching License - Elementary Education and Art

Christie Slater Hubley

Christie founded Tinker Art Studio and opened the doors in January, 2012. Prior to starting the Tinker, Christie taught third grade at The Studio School, an arts-integrated magnet school in Northglenn, CO, from 2009-2011 and was the founding grade-level teacher. She then established a ceramics program at The Studio School and continued teaching in the Ceramics Studio through 2014. Christie is also an arts-integration specialist--collaborating with classroom teachers to plan arts-integrated thematic units of study. She holds her Masters of Education in Integrated Teaching through the Arts, and her Colorado State Teaching License with an endorsement in Elementary Education as well as Art. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not teaching or managing the business, Christie is a ceramic artist and enjoys both wheel throwing and handbuilding. A native of Western North Carolina, Christie moved to Boulder 12 years ago and enjoys Colorado activities and adventures with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Larkspur.

Email: christie@tinkerartstudio.com


  Studio Manager   BA, University of Colorado at Boulder- English Literature and Studio Art

Studio Manager

BA, University of Colorado at Boulder- English Literature and Studio Art

Anika McEwan

Anika, a Colorado native, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in college she fostered her passion for the arts. With degrees in Art and English Literature Anika hopes to continue working with children, the arts and lifelong learning. Seeing children progress and change through the years is part of the reason Anika loves what she does. After spending a year traveling the world Anika is excited to be back at Colorado and working at Tinker. In her spare time Anika enjoys being outside, reading, learning new things, and creative projects. 


  Lead Children's Teacher   BFA, University of Arkansas - Art Education 

Lead Children's Teacher

BFA, University of Arkansas - Art Education 

Heather Pfeifer

Heather grew up in Arkansas and attended college at The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she graduated with a BFA in Art Education. Her emphasis was on painting with a secondary on printmaking. She moved to Boulder in 2014 and centers her lifestyle around her passions: teaching art, gardening, biking, yoga and hiking with her two dogs, Kava & Daisy.


  Lead Adult Teacher - Pottery   BFA, University of Colorado Boulder - Ceramics  Colorado State Teachers license K-12 Art Education  Naropa

Lead Adult Teacher - Pottery

BFA, University of Colorado Boulder - Ceramics

Colorado State Teachers license K-12 Art Education  Naropa

Joy Eisenhauer

Joy moved to Boulder 15 years ago to finish her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado.  She fell in love with the people and the creative community she found here.  She moved up Sunshine Canyon where she ran her own pottery studio for over five years, making beautiful vibrantly colored porcelain dinner ware.  In 2005 she received her Teachers License from Naropa, and began teaching at September High School for the next 7 years.  There she created a free after school arts program for teens in the community called, After Hour Arts.  Joy loves working with her hands in a wide variety of mediums, but especially loves teaching and working on the potters wheel. She now lives in the Holiday Neighborhood with her two young children and is excited to be making art again.


 Lead Teen and Adult Teacher  MFA, University of Colorado Boulder - Painting & Drawing

Lead Teen and Adult Teacher

MFA, University of Colorado Boulder - Painting & Drawing

Erica Day

Erica Day is a figurative artist who was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. In 2010, she graduated as Valedictorian from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where she majored in painting, drawing, and printmaking. As a BFA student, Erica gravitated towards figure painting and portraiture, which remains at the center of her artistic practice today. Day's work has been featured nationally, in pop-up shows at the historic Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit and the Newhouse Hotel in Denver, in traveling exhibitions with the Ann Arbor-based Gallery Project, and most recently at the Gallery of Contemporary Art  (GOCA) in Colorado Springs. Erica received her MFA in painting & drawing from the University of Colorado at Boulder in August of 2017. As an MFA candidate,  she taught undergraduate classes in figure drawing and painting, introductory oil painting, and introductory drawing over a course of six semesters. As a teacher, Erica strives to instill a fearless approach to art making, encouraging personal growth through media exploration and experimentation. Her goal is to foster a bridge between art and the outside world while helping each individual student develop their own technical skills and artistic voice. Erica currently lives and works in Boulder, where she enjoys running, hiking, hanging out with her cat, and frequenting rock concerts, galleries, and 24-hour diners in her free time.


  Lead Adult Teacher - Painting    BS, Colorado State University - Occupational Therapy

Lead Adult Teacher - Painting

BS, Colorado State University - Occupational Therapy

Jeanne Hougen

Intrigued by the abstract elements that make up a work of art such as shape, pattern, color, value and texture; Jeanne says that "there are the things that excite me when I interact with the world around me. These are the tools that I draw from when I put my brush to canvas."

Growing up in the Colorado Mountains with a father who painted was the early inspiration that lead Jeanne into a career in art. Mainly self-taught, Jeanne has participated in numerous art shows where she has won numerous awards. Some of the more notable one are for 1st place emerging artists, High Pains Art Show, Denver, 2007; Best of Show, Miniatures, Western Spirit Art Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY, 2011; 2nd place, Colorado Plein Air art Show, Denver, 2012; and 2nd place, as well as Artists' Choice award at the Wild About Colorado Plein Air Show, Breckenridge, 2016.


 Lead Teacher  M.F.A., University of Florida- Ceramics Program  M.A., University of Houston; Clear Lake- Visual Arts and Humanities  Colorado and Wisconsin State Teaching License- K-12 Art

Lead Teacher

M.F.A., University of Florida- Ceramics Program

M.A., University of Houston; Clear Lake- Visual Arts and Humanities

Colorado and Wisconsin State Teaching License- K-12 Art

Christina Carfora

Christina recently moved to Boulder after completing her M.F.A. in Ceramics at the University of Florida.  Born in Wisconsin and raised by two educators, Christina spent her summers in the minivan on family vacations zigzaging across the country.  Christina would spend countless hours drawing and sculpting small figures as the changing landscapes flew by the window.  Here, she discovered two of her passions: art and travel.  Christina studied abroad in Peru and France before completing her B.F.A. in Visual Arts and Art Education.  She began her career in art education, teaching elementary and high school art during the day and adult ceramics classes in the evenings for two years before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia.  Upon repatriation, Christina established her studio practice in sculpture, ceramics and drawing in Houston, Texas.  She established a steady patronage as a studio artist, became a Resident Artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, completed an internship at the Glassell School of Art and continued teaching K-12 art classes.  In graduate school, Christina was an Instructor of Record and taught undergraduate ceramics foundations courses for three years. Her studio practice consists of merging life-scale ceramic figures with realistically rendered drawings inspired by travel.  As a new resident to Boulder, Christina is looking forward to working with many new and established artists in this thriving community.


  Birthday Party, and Summer Camp Instructor    BA, Colorado State University - Dance    MA, University of Denver - Curriculum and Instruction / Education Leadership.    Colorado State Teaching License - Elementary Education

Birthday Party, and Summer Camp Instructor

BA, Colorado State University - Dance

MA, University of Denver - Curriculum and Instruction / Education Leadership.

Colorado State Teaching License - Elementary Education

Kathy Martin

Kathy comes to Tinker with a desire to guide children in joyful experiences of learning and art. After many years of teaching ballet, Kathy pursued a Master's Degree in education, with an emphasis in designing curriculum for integrated studies. She joined Christie at The Studio School, an arts integrated magnet school in Northglenn, Colorado, and began the adventure of introducing children to the power of learning through the arts. Kathy has taught both 3rd and 2nd grade over the past six years. She also serves as the school's curriculum coordinator and the gifted and talented director. Kathy has additional training through Think 360 Arts, University of Denver's Art Integration Teacher Institute, and through Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Integrated Environmental Education Teacher Institute. As an artist Kathy enjoys textile arts, floral arts, and is always exploring the ways to express science and nature through various art mediums.


 Summer Camp Floating Teacher  BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse  Wisconsin State Teachers License K-12  Colorado State Teachers License K-12

Summer Camp Floating Teacher

BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Wisconsin State Teachers License K-12

Colorado State Teachers License K-12

Ashley Martin

Ashley, originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, moved to Colorado quite recently to fulfill her dream of living out West and becoming a Visual Arts Teacher. In December of 2017, she received her B.S. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. To this day, Ashley continues to surround herself with people that share her same passion; creating, learning, and teaching visual arts. She is excited about being part of the Tinker Team because she loves being involved in a community that supports and encourages creativity! Ashley currently lives in Westminster where she enjoys hiking with her dog, Riggley, working on her own works of art, running, and exploring all areas in her new home state. 


 Studio Assistant & Assistant Art Teacher  BA in Art Education from the University of Northern Colorado

Studio Assistant & Assistant Art Teacher

BA in Art Education from the University of Northern Colorado

Rachael Batka

Rachael is a Colorado Native who just completed her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Rachael is excited to be part of the Tinker team as she passionately receives experience that will make her a better art educator in the future. Rachael has ten years of painting and drawing knowledge, and three years’ experience teaching pottery to all ages. Rachael is always working and researching towards creating a classroom that encourages complete artistic freedom; providing for students the skills they need to complete artwork, but also the skills to interact with artwork throughout a life time. Rachael’s goal is to someday be able to an art educator whose classroom lives beyond the room’s four walls to positively influence students’ understanding of art within their community. Rachael currently lives in Louisville and enjoys gardening, cooking, and exploring her passions of animation, music, and mixed-media art.