Siera, a former bioinformatician, left the lab to follow her original passion for baking and bento-making. Growing up in Hawaii, she was constantly surrounded by fresh tropical fruit and exotic flavors, all of which continue to inspire her cooking endeavors today (Instagram: @komorebi_kitchen). When not in the kitchen Siera enjoys bouldering, wheel-throwing, and tending to her garden with her puppy Kuppi.
Claire has a year and a half of calligraphy and hand-lettering experience; and nearly 35 years of arts & crafts experience! She had worked in the corporate world for most of her adult life but 2 years ago took a leap-of-faith to follow her passions of teaching and being creative! From the moment she took her first calligraphy class, Claire knew this was exactly what she needed to be doing in life. Now, a full-time calligrapher, she resides in West Seattle with her husband and furry children, Wisco and Gordo. When she doesn’t have a pen in her hand, she has a violin instead, and teaches private violin lessons in-between client projects. Born in California and raised in Wisconsin, she’s a lover of warmth and the West Coast but also cheese, beer, and bubblers!
Melissa owns The Kitchen Imp, where she makes and sells beautiful, organic spice blends, as well as single spices. She also creates proprietary blends for restaurants. Although she loves spices of all sorts, she has a particular passion for blends from South Asia and North Africa, as well as the cuisines of those regions. She believes that cooking is a cultural bridge-builder that can open us up to the world through delicious food. And she's thrilled to teach people how to make foods that excite and nourish them.
Shannon Douglas is the cook and photographer behind Honest Magazine, a quarterly publication of cooking, foraging and gardening, and the way these practices weave together to create an honest and connected life. She teaches classes focused on intuitive cooking and rustic crafts that bring us back into the wild and the wild back into us. She's a big believer in hammocks and is always on the lookout for new "weeds" to bring into the kitchen. Her website is HonestQuarterly.com
Amanda is a fiber artist, designer and instructor. She had a decade long career in hospitality as an event planner, but left it all behind in 2015 to move to Indonesia with her husband. Since returning to Washington in 2017, Amanda has focused on building a freelance art and teaching career. She lives on Camano Island with her husband and their pug mix, Blanche. You can view her work at amandamclaurin.com and @amanda_mclaurin_ on Instagram.
Megan Young is thrilled to join The Works Seattle team as Operations Manager. Megan brings over ten years of management experience with off-site catering and events of all types, plus a ton of enthusiasm for baking, cooking and crafts of all sorts. Along with her years of management experience Megan has offered mentoring, training and coaching to students and employees for over nineteen years. In her other life Megan is a Certified Myers Briggs and Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach, Graphic Design Assistant and Singer. Megan is passionate about people, food, music, house-plants and nature.
Taylor is a passionate creative who loves to make things by hand and has a knack for creating beautiful content and believes in the power and importance of community. She puts her skills and expertise to use by working on Instagram content creation and engagement for The Works. She’s also a self-taught cook and baker and has a food and lifestyle blog, All Purpose Flour Child, where she shares approachable, seasonal recipes.
Shavon grew up in the South and in the Bay Area in California, where she relocated from to Seattle 12 years ago. Currently living in White Center with her husband, dogs, chickens, bees and orchid hoard, oh my!. Shavon has a deep passion for native pollinators, building pollinator habitats, seed saving and spreading the wonderment of native bees to the masses. Along with her day job, she is a field trip volunteer at the West Seattle Bee Garden and a beekeeper for Urban Bee Co. Using permaculture principles, over the last 4 years, Shavon has slowly been turning her nearly quarter acres of grass and 3 pine trees into gardens of food, flowers and habitats for the birds and pollinators. When not farming you can find her knitting, all Star Trek all the time, obsessing over the hummingbirds in her yard and cruising the mean streets on her motorcycle.
Christy is a Seattle native with a passion for creativity in the kitchen. What began as a love for baking and locally sourced food, quickly evolved as she worked alongside two partners to create a Northwest inspired baked goods company, Salmonberry Goods. She stepped away to research and practice new crafts, like fermentation and herbalism, while working at Juicebox cafe. If not tinkering in the kitchen, you can find her experimenting with her own skincare products, hiking in the cascades, or studying native plants.
Jessie Poole (aka The Lady Bartender) is an artist, food & beverage connoisseur and educator. Born somewhere between a rolling tumble weed and the pungent scent of a sage brush in Southern Idaho, and raised in the lush, fir protected damp of the Northwest, her artistic focus is always in telling the story. To find motivation in a person from history, in recalling a place - it's smell and texture, in a piece of art or simply an emotion is a never ending source of inspiration. Follow her cocktail journey at theladybartender.com.
Jen is an Appalachian raised, Seattle based watercolor and ink artist. Jen taught art and photography as a camp counselor for 4 years, and recently finished training as a yoga teacher and Ayurveda practitioner. Her inspiration comes from a combination of these studies, looking at the connections between science, geometry, and nature. She enjoys bringing together elements of the earth and meditation into original art works and Ayurveda workshops. You can find a bit of all of this on her Instagram @jenliveslife.
Angela Renzetti is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and teaches classes on Western & Chinese herbalism. While not having enough time in the treatment room to talk about herbal medicine, her love to teach about plants’ wisdom and medicine evolved into Moonlight Medicine and teaching classes. She believes healing through relationship with nature is something everyone can benefit from and likes to teach foundations in herbalism so that people can access nature’s wisdom at home. She practices at Ageless Acupuncture in Pike Place Market and you can learn more at www.moonlightmedicineclinic.com
Emily is a self-taught watercolor artist who tells jokes by day, and wrangles children by night. Although she is isn't a Seattle native, her fair complexion and light-sensitive eyes can't imagine living anywhere else. Along with passing along her love of painting, she wishes to give others the confidence to pick up the brush and dive-in, no matter what stage of the painting game they are in.