Nadia Tarzi-Saccardi – Director/Teacher

Nadia Tarzi-Saccardi is an award winning ceramic artist from Marin County. Originally from Europe, she first studied ceramics and sculpture in Strasbourg, France. Her focus on the history of ceramics lead her to further study and publish on the archaeology of Central Asia, with an emphasis on Buddhist Studies. For the last 10 years, she has taught ceramics to adults & children in studios across the Bay Area including the Mill Valley Potter’s Studio, and the Walnut Creek Arts Center. Nadia is honored to take on the direction of the Terra Linda Ceramic Artists program.

Susan Hontalas – Teacher

Susan Hontalas created the Terra Linda Ceramics program in 1993.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in Ceramic Sculpture, and has shown her award wining work in multiple shows around the Bay Area. Susan taught full time ceramic sculpture at the Terra Linda Community Center for over 20 years; she now enjoys mentoring her advanced students, organizing and participating in group exhibits and creating her own art.

Lisa Smithey  – Studio Assistant

Lisa has a BA Fine Art in painting from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and a MFA Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lisa is the studio assistant and also helps in the “Hang Out with Clay” Teen class at Terra Linda. She lives in Mill Valley with her husband and son.


Youth Class Assistants

Melissa Woodburn

Melissa graduated from Wittenberg University with a BFA, cum laude, majoring in printmaking and graphic design, then worked as a graphic designer for fifteen years in Chicago and San Francisco.
She has assisted in the children’s classes at Terra Linda Community Center for over ten years. Her fine artwork is in the Kamm Teapot Foundation and private collections in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, and New York.

Tajali Littman 

Tajali has a BA in humanities with emphasis on environmental studies, psychology and art. She has been a Montessori, Waldorf and art teacher for 30 years. Her work is strongly influenced by her studies of the spiritual psychology of Sufism and expressive art theory. Tajali’s inspiration comes from a life of inquiry  and introspection and is manifested through mixed media, painting and ceramics.

Susan Press

Susan Press holds an art teaching credential for ages K-12  and a BFA degree in printmaking and ceramics.  Her work experience includes teaching middle and high school art  in the Piedmont School District, enrichment art classes
K-5  for Youth In Arts at Mary Silveria School and Preschool director and teacher at the Marinwood Community Center Preschool.   “It is and has been a joy for the last 40 years to guide children in their journeys with creative expression”.