Lotus Bermudez, MFA

Master ceramicist   


Lotus, a native Texas ceramist, is enthusiastic about sharing the passions of clay through her bodies of work and teaching. She holds a MFA, taught ceramics at University of Houston and currently teaches pottery classes at her business, Third Coast Clay.  Lotus was the Co-Chair for Empty Bowls Houston, served as an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and teaches workshops. Lotus’ future goals are to push the awareness, growth, and appreciation for clay in the Houston area through connecting with other artists and education of the history, craft, and concepts of clay. 




Stacy Kuropata Jackson, MFA

instructor, Wednesday and Friday mornings

Stacy, one of Lotus’ former University of Houston students with a MFA from Houston Baptist University. Stacy joined Third Coast Clay in 2015 as the Tuesday evening instructor. Stacy is a ceramic sculptor and potter who dabbles in drawing and watercolor. 


Michelle Heinesen (HANSDOTTIR)

instructor, thursday morning and afternoon

Michelle, is a contemporary ceramist, maker & designer who lives and works in Houston Texas. Her Singaporean-Faroese heritage influences her work greatly – East meets West, a global perspective with a nomadic outlook. 

She had early roots with an apprenticeship at 17 with a ceramics arts studio in Singapore, followed by her role as a program coordinator, muralist & arts instructor. She took a brief hiatus from clay to focus on her lifestyle boutique. This has led her to the present day where she works in retail & education at the Ceramic Store of Houston, as well as teaching privately & making in her studio under the moniker HANSDOTTIR.

Michelle’s current body of work is split between functional and sculptural ceramics. In the former, her goal is to elevate ritual and the latter focuses on themes of isolation, growth, intersectionality and identity.

She has participated in exhibitions locally as well as overseas (The Goodwood Hotel, Singapore Int’l Women’s Convention, ClayOracle Gallery, Baylene) . 2020 is her third year of participation as an Empty Bowls Houston 100 Bowl Artist. Besides ClayHouston, she is also a member of the Visual Arts Alliance Houston and Fresh Arts Houston.



Sierra Estes

Sierra Estes, BA

instructor, tuesday afternoon and thursday evening

Sierra, is a Tennessee native who moved to Houston in 2015 after getting her BA in Ceramics to pursue a career in clay. Her focus has been on wheel thrown functional ware and lately she’s enjoying exploring coil building sculptures. Sierra loves the process of making with clay and is hoping to one day dig and process her own wild clay.

Visit Sierra’s website.

Jacob V.


Jacob V, joined Third Coast Clay in 2019. ~more info to come