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  LOURDES JIMENEZ: Xiem Studio Manager, Studio Technician and Instructor

Lourdes Jiménez joined Xiem as a part-time Lab Tech and Instructor in 2016. Her role expanded to Studio Manager in 2017 and she currently holds a full time position, brilliantly managing all aspects of the Xiem Studio operation, including glaze making and firing.

Lourdes received her BA and MA from California State University, Northridge and her MFA from Florida State University in 2015. Both broad and intimate concepts of cultural identity and duality, feminism, nostalgic experiences, object accumulation and narratives continue to feed her current work. Her sculptural ceramic installations have been shown nationally - in California, Florida, and Maryland.

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  JANISSE GRACIA: Xiem Studio Technician

Janisse Gracia joined Xiem in August 2017, just prior to graduating with a BA from California State University, Northridge. Focusing mainly on the wheel, Janisse enjoys experimentation and relishes the creative freedom that ceramics affords. As a student she was active in the CSUN Ceramics Guild, worked as Instructional Assistant to Patsy Cox and taught at Bitter Root Pottery, Woodland Hills, CA.

Janisse currently manages our bisque and lustre firing and mixes all Xiem studio glazes.

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Longtime Xiem Studio Member and Excel Wizard, Nancy joined our staff in 2014. While managing the Front Desk two days a week, Nancy works full tilt as Ceramic Consultant, Firing-Inch Tracker, Stock Taker and Product Tester. Catch her legendary laugh when you visit Xiem Gallery and Store on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“I spent my working years being a bookkeeper, in and out of the entertainment industry. I really wanted to be a potter. I love clay. I've even tried to give it up, three times, but I can''s what makes me whole! I've been back at it for good since 1994.”


Suzette received her education in ceramics and course design in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she taught Studio Ceramics and Ceramic History at the graduate and undergraduate level, holding various academic positions between 1977 and 2003, including heading the Ceramics Department at the Technikon Witwatersrand (now the University of Johannesburg). While maintaining her own studio practice, she developed innovative ceramic history courses and study tours (to China, Africa and the United Kingdom) providing a much-needed international perspective for South African potters. Suzette has exhibited in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Her ceramic works are found in both public and private collections. Suzette joined Xiem in August 2004 as Education Director and was adjunct professor of Ceramics at Xiem for Occidental College (2004 -2011). She manages the membership program and is responsible for all our education programs. In 2014 her role expanded to encompass directing all aspects of the center, including Xiem Gallery and Retail Store.

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