Haven Art Studio

State of the Art Facility

A newly refurbished Haven Art Studio, a bustling hub for art lovers at 29 Haven Avenue, visible from the Port Washington train station OPENED November 1, 2013! The artfully renovated Studio and Gallery, shining with vibrant colors is brimming with fresh offerings of classes delivered by an enthusiastic, dedicated and enlarged staff. There is no place like our Center for Art, Ceramics, Crafts and Design. Come on in to meet us in our exciting, modernized home and staff! We are constantly raising the bar here at our studio. We pride ourselves on hiring only the best working artists that are creative, caring and nurturing.

Laura Badke

Ceramic Instructor

I used to collect pottery because I always loved the shapes and glazes. I decided one day to take a class and I haven’t turned back since.” Starting her pottery journey in 2010. Graduated from NYIT with BFA. As a graphic designer, she combines her talent of design to translate in her ceramic work.Merging design and ceramics creating bodies of work that tell a story. Her love is Raku horsehair firing, but also loves to experiment with layered slips and texture. Laura worked as the ceramics studio manager at the Art league of LI and also helped teach classes. Her work has been published in LI Living Magazine, and was on display at various galleries on Long Island. Lauras teaches from beginner to advanced, helping her students find their voice in clay. She also teaches Horsehair firing workshops here at Haven.

Patricia Bridges

Ceramic Instructor

Patricia offers them several decades of experience as a potter. She has a large knowledge base about ceramics from wheel throwing and handbuilding to glazes and kilns. Her training comes from early days with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Patricia has produced several instruction videos that hundreds of thousands of people have watched. Haven Art Studio fosters a supportive and creative environment where Patricia can help students grow their creativity and artistry.

Christine Meyers

Certified Pre-K Instructor- teaching creative kids

Christine comes to Haven this fall to teach art to pre k- kindergarten during the day on students off days. Teaching Experience St. Mary’s Kids Roslyn, New York 2008-2018 Special Education Itinerant Teacher Instruct nursery school children, who qualify for special education services through the school districts, the skills needed in the following areas: cognitive, communication, social and self help Henry Viscardi School, Albertson, New York 1995-1996 Kindergarten Teacher-Leave Replacement Created a literature rich classroom and implemented creative and integrated lessons covering all content areas Incorporated multi-sensory and directed play activities to foster independence and self esteem Westbury Friends School, Westbury, New York 1993-1995 Resource Room/Enrichment Teacher K-6 Developed the Resource Room Program Prepared remedial and Enrichment instruction-push in/pull out Planned and implemented fun yet challenging activities for gifted children and encouraged students to “think out of the box” Henry Viscardi School, Albertson, New York 1990-1995 Summer school teacher and Assistant teacher in grades K-5

Andrew Defelice

Master Illustrator

Andrew DeFelice is an experienced illustrator and graphic artist specializing in conceptual art, character/creature/prop design, and illustration (utilizing both traditional and digital mediums). A graduate from the School of Visual Arts (with a BFA in Illustration & Cartooning) and a current grad student at the Academy of Art University (Illustration major with a focus in Concept Art), his artwork has appeared in a number of publications with genres ranging from fantasy to science fiction to horror to children’s stories. For Andrew, creating art professionally is important but so is setting aside some time to create art for the sheer fun of it. The fun time is when you’re most willing to try new ideas, new subjects, and new techniques.

Judy Doyle

Sculpting Specialist

A long time resident of Port Washington, Judy is actively involved in the community performing in local theatre groups (acting and singing), raising money for various charities, teaching art to children and pottery to both children and adults. Judy continues her studies in sculpture, jewelry, clay, painting and drawing. Although the arts have been a very big part of her life and thoughts, it has only been in the last 6 years that she made the career change from the world of finance to the world of art.

Michael Espinosa

ceramic specialist children/tweens

Michael Espinosa is a graduate from Long Island university, CW Post campus. Having received a Bachelors in fine arts and education, his degree enables him to teach birth-12th grade. Being a well rounded artist he works in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography along with woodwork. He has taught and volunteered at the Nassau county museum of art. Michael teaches numerous classes at our studio, currently Teen wheel and Studio arts are his specialty though he is truly wonderful with all the younger kids as well.

Hannah First

ceramic specialist children/tweens

Hannah First, a Long Island native, recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in ceramics. She views art and expression as a natural process of life, and loves the experience and sensations of working with clay because of its intimate process and healing nature. Hannah works primarily in ceramics, but also enjoys the mediums of painting and fibers, embracing the idea that expression calls for a multi-media approach. In her own work, Hannah investigates femininity, the experience of the body, and life cycles. Whether in the form of a pinch pot or large scale sculpture, Hannah savors the connection between her hands and her material, and she is honored to be a part of the Haven Art Studio community.

Jen Streim

Sewing Instructor children/tweens

Jen attended Undergraduate at SUNY Oneonta where she received a Bachelor’s in Family and consumer science which back then was called HOME ECONOMICS. There she learned all my basics of sewing  101, draping design,etc. 

In her Senior year s transferred to Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T)  & Spent 3 more years learning the Fashion ,Advertising and Toy industry.  

Jen holds degrees in ADVERTISING DESIGN / FINE ART with a specialty in TOY DESIGN from FIT.

She worked for Mattel Toy Company and Fisher Price Toy company (which is one company) for over 24 years designing Plush soft toys such as ELMO, Cookie monster and Disney toys, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse , Winnie the Pooh  as well as hundreds of plastic toys for Thomas the tank, Dora the explorer ,Shimmer and Shine ,Octonauts as well as  Nickelodeon branded toys.  Jen is a port mom that you may see teaching at Om Sweet Om yoga studio as a yoga instructor

Gina Mars

Ceramic Instructor

Gina owns and operates her own studio out east. We are lucky and thrilled to have her as part of our team. Gina is a master Potter, Raku specialist.

Puneeta Mittal

Summer Ceramic Instructor

Born and educated in India, Puneeta Mittal received a Master’s degree in Hindi Literature in New Delhi, and launched her teaching career at Valley school, Krishnamurti Foundation boarding school, in Bangalore. After moving to the United States in 1994, Puneeta discovered her passion for clay and focused on exploring clay forms and surfaces with Betty Busby of “The Clayroom” studio at Oyster Bay, NY. In 2006 she graduated with an MA in Studio art from Adelphi University, followed by an MFA from Long Island University in 2008.

Justin Mullady

Master Ceramic Specialist

With ten years of experience on a wheel Justin Mullady has been a full time potter for the last two.Having been lucky Justin had a ceramic studio class in high school where he instantly found his passion for clay. More specifically the potters wheel. Now Justin explores form with large wheel thrown vessels and uses ancient techniques to decorate the pots. Growing up Justin was always drawn in by the flames of a good campfire. Now he using those same flames with his work Whether its a pit fire, horse hair or raku he explores the possibilities of primitive firings and what the flames can do to the finish of a piece. As a teacher Justin plans on sharing all of his tricks, tips, and techniques while throwing on the wheel. Have students from any level of skill and experience leave learning something new And maybe for the first time potter, to fall in love with clay just like he did back in high school.

Louis Rabman


Born in England and raised in South Africa and Israel, Louis is an international star. After serving four years in the Israeli army, he immigrated to the U.S.A. where he continued his education and career. Louis has spent his entire professional life in finance, helping to grow small businesses. Currently, Louis and his partner of twenty years own and run Conative Capital in Manhattan. After Louis married Heidi, the couple and their three children moved to Port Washington which has been their home ever since.

Barbara Silbert

Master Painter

Barbara Silbert has been teaching drawing and painting to older children at Haven Art for 8 years now. She is a retired Art Director with many years of experience at ad agencies and corporate art departments. Barbara studied portraiture with John Howard Sanden and Paul Leveille. She has taught portraiture at the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Great Neck’s Cumberland School, drawing & painting for adults at the Manhasset Community Club, and Port Washington Senior Center in Manorhaven. She is an award-winning artist, and president of the Manhasset Art Association for 5 years.

Paul Spina

Studio Manager

Paul Spina has been actively making things out of clay since June, 2010 when he first found himself distracted by a potter’s wheel. As a late bloomer, at 42 he is a self taught potter. When he was a young child he remembers visiting his grandparents in southern France and visited a small neighboring city called Vallauris where he recalls all the beautiful reflections from the pottery poured out on to the streets from the Studios. He has also taught himself to hand build which he finds equally rewarding. He adds greatly to the studio and takes pleasure in helping others due to his passion for clay. He has an affinity for Raku but appreciates greatly Renaissance Ceramic Art and has been combining wheel thrown pieces and decorating them with hand build decorations.

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Heidi b Stephens


Heidi has spent her entire professional career in the arts. She received her Bachelor of FIne Arts at the College of Ceramics at Alfred University and continued her education at the School for Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and The Realist Drawing Academy in New Mexico with Gary Faigin. After moving to NYC, she worked ten years + for two of the largest Fortune 500 companies in NYC as Art Director and Design Director. During that time Heidi also honed her ceramic skills as a student of master ceramic artists, painted, exhibited in numerous venues and sold her paintings.

Mario Tucci

Master Painter

Award Winning Artist, Gallery Curator, Instructor, Lecturer & Jurist. “Artist in Residence” At The Guggenheim Estate in Sands Point, 2013 “Outstanding Advocate for the Arts Award” Of The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, 2013 Portrait Society of America’s Ambassador to NYS, 2003-2013 Member of the NYS Grants for the Arts Selection Committee, 2008-2011 Chairman of the NYS Grants for the Arts Selection Committee, 2012.

Caroline Zimmerli

Accelerated Art Instructor

Caroline is a Port Jefferson artist with an equal passion for ceramic sculpture and oil painting. She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Currently she is a High School Art Teacher in Nassau County, with high hopes of opening new doors to the art world for her students, just as her past educators originally did for her. With eight years of experience in both 2-D and 3-D mediums, her goal is to demonstrate the relationship between the two and allowing her students the choice to explore their own individual artistic process. Her practice is inspired by modern day global issues, with sizable pieces that reflect upon different topics through her use of organic forms & patterning. Caroline fully embraces exploring and getting your hands dirty; whether it’s on a hiking trip or right here in the studio.