Shop Local and Support Arvada Center Artists

The Arvada Center is lucky to employ some of the most talented artists in our region. 

As all artists grapple with the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are proud to provide this directory of artisans, craftspeople, and artists and links to their various online shops.  

Take a look below and you'll find a wide variety of unique offerings such as ceramics, fine art, and other goods.  When you buy from a local artist, you not only guarantee yourself a unique artistic addition to your life, you help maintain the livelihood and vitality of our community.  

Josh Aiman

Josh Aiman earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Idaho, and a BA in Secondary Education from Idaho State University. He was recently hired as the Studio Technician for the Arvada Center Ceramics Studio, teaches young artists during Arts Day field trips, and installs artwork as a Gallery Assistant.


Jordon Brockman

Jordon Brockman is a multi-talented artist who typically works at the Arvada Center as a stage manager for children's theatre productions.  In addition, Jordon creates goods from wood and leather suitable for home and travel, custom services and repair. Everything is made by hand, by Jordon, in his studio in Aurora CO.


John Hamilton

John Hamilton has been a studio assistant, then instructor and Artist in Residence at the Arvada Center since 2012. John is our expert kiln loader, and keeps all of the student work moving through the studio. He holds a BFA in Ceramics, and a BA in Arts Education from Fort Hayes University. 


Jessica Land

Jessica is a Stitcher in the Theatre's Costume Shop where she spends her time altering and constructing costumes for all of the Main Stage, Black Box, and Children's Theatre productions. In her spare time, she uses her skills to make a variety of crafts, including knitting, crocheting, beading, and embroidery. 


Judi Mitchell

Judi Mitchell has been a student, a student assistant and an instructor for the Arvada Center Ceramics studio for over 25 years. She is well known for her ceramic and  mixed media sculptures of animals and shows at numerous galleries throughout Colorado. Judi most recently taught our Animal Sculpture class, however, due to recent health issues has had to step back to volunteering when she is able.


Kazu Oba

Kazu Oba is a potter and a sculptor who makes everyday dishes in clay, and sculptures in multimedia. His work can be found in many galleries throughout the US and Japan, including Sara Japanese Pottery in New York, and Hanada, Tokyo.  Kazu has been a studio assistant at the Arvada Center Ceramics Studio since 2004.


Emily Stevens

Emily Stevens started at the Arvada Center Ceramics studio in 2017 as a student, and became a studio assistant that summer. She enjoys loading the kilns because it's like a challenging game of tetris and she gets to see all the creative work done by our students.  Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in both Business Administration and Studio Art from the University of Vermont.


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