Yakima Maker Space is proud to work with a network of instructors with a diverse array of knowledge in various forms of art and craft. Do you have something you'd like to teach? We are always looking for new partners to help us in our mission to COLLABORATE, EDUCATE, and CREATE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and start a conversation about joining our team. Some of your questions might be answered in our Instructor's FAQs.
Linda learned to spin while spending long hours caring for her mother. To keep herself occupied, she bought a spinning wheel and some fiber and taught herself the craft, and a true love of the art took hold. She is involved in the local and regional fiber community, teaching, giving advice, and rehabilitating neglected spinning wheels. She also raises alpaca for fiber.
Johnathan "Heath" Lambe
Woodwooking, Fine Arts, CAD / CAM, & Fabrication
Robert was raised here in the Yakima Valley. After graduating from East Valley High School, Robert left the valley to become a tactical trainer to elite military and law enforcement personnel from around the globe.
For the last decade, Robert has been an independent jeweler, known for cutting and setting Ellensburg blue agate. Combining his passion for teaching and his love of fine jewelry and gemstones, Robert decided share his knowledge and teach his craft to others.
Boatbuilding; Woodworking; Screen Printing
Duncan is not only the Executive Director at Yakima Maker Space, but he also teaches classes and workshops throughout the year. He has been helping boatbuilders with their projects for the past two years, and completed three boats of his own along the way. The woodshop is his favorite spot to while away the hours, but he gets a special thrill from seeing collaboration in projects between the many art and craft disciplines represented at YMS.
Painting (Acrylic & Oil); Clay & Ceramics
Amanda is a self-taught painter, though she has supplemented her own learning with classes in various techniques. She has trained for four years in ceramics and loves to work in that medium. She also dabbles in printmaking, jewelry and other crafts. Her work has been shown in local galleries and events around the Yakima area.
More than ten years ago, Curt got his start in forging from an uncle who practiced and taught the craft, and Curt slowly began acquiring the tools needed to build his own forge. Now Curt has learned enough to begin teaching others. Forging is a passionate pursuit that he enjoys sharing with anyone who would like to learn.
Marie has been knitting independently for 8 years and selling her knitwear locally for 6 years. She caught the teaching bug several years ago after participating in a knitwear demonstration for high schoolers. Knitting is her favorite hobby and when she is not teaching, she is always looking to learn new techniques.
Clay & Ceramics; Fine Arts
Debbie is a high school art teacher of 35+ years experience who has taught overseas in private international schools in Japan, Pakistan, Australia and here in the States, most recently in West Valley High School. She is versatile in many mediums, her favorites being ceramics, drawing, painting, calligraphy, and graphic design. After years of planning large group activities for classrooms, she now concentrates on individualized instruction for small groups of students who are particularly interested in creating their own artistic ideas, helping them to be able to continue their work independently.
3d Printing & Design; Robotics
Jeremy has always loved computers and creating digital things. He started by taking a build-your-own 3D printer class at Yakima Maker Space, and the first time that he watched one of his designs grow into reality on a 3D printer, he was hooked. Ordinary people can now make things out of plastic; the 3D printing revolution has allowed us to move ideas from the screen to reality! Now, he wants to help others on this exciting journey into rapid prototyping, helping others create, design, and build their dream project.