Meet our Instructors

At NewMakeIt our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and are specialists in their own area. Here are some of our Instructors. 





Catherine Harasymiw 

Potter, illustrator

A sometimes Pottery Instructor, sometimes Illustrator, and self-taught Screen Printer, Catherine Harasymiw currently works out of her studio in Newmarket, Ontario. Spiriting a BFA in Drawing and Painting away from the clutches of OCAD U, Catherine’s gone on to participate in a number of local, and distant art shows, including “Kinesis” a show curated by Twist Gallery in Toronto, and “Portal to Enigma”, a group show in New York City. Many of her slow-fading event posters can be found adorning the lofty telephone poles of York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

Katie Argyle

Katie Argyle 


Katie works across the mediums of ceramics, printmaking, and painting, exploring the unique qualities of each one. She has been a member of the Hill Potters’ Group for eight years, and before moving to York Region she was the ceramic technician at the Ottawa School of Art.





Dena Farsad


While interested in pottery from a young age, Dena Farsad got her start in wheel throwing at NewMakeIt. After taking a few classes, she set up a home studio and has been creating ever since. She set up her @dfstoneware business in 2020. Dena works primarily with stoneware, experimenting with pottery techniques and glazes as often as she can! When Dena’s not throwing pots, she’s teaching others how to throw pots on the wheel at NewMakeIt. And when she’s not doing that, she’s working on completing her PhD in urban/regional planning and…SOILS!











Linda Szoldatits


My earliest recollection of creating was while growing up on the family vegetable farm.  After a rainy morn my father would gather buckets of mud and carry them over to the large field wagon for me.  I would spend hours making mud pies of all shapes and sizes, waiting for the sun to break through baking each piece with its warmth. 

Very little has changed for me, I still play with the earth for hours on end.  Sgrafitto, silkscreening, sculpture and painting my handbuilt & thrown pieces allows me to lose myself to find myself.

Intermediate Handbuilding is an exploration into the process of an idea while using the clay medium with focus on textures, image applications, carving, lidded vessels & the freedoms of glazes to create & bring your idea to fruition.  A variety of found objects as well as pottery tools are used to provide different carving textures and finishes. It’s all in the details...









John Walker


Metalworking, forging, and casting have been long-time passions of John’s since, as a hobbyist, he first started making knives in a small urban backyard shop some twenty-seven years ago. His first anvil was the head of a ten-pound sledgehammer on which he learned to move and shape hot iron.

Today, John owns and operates Fallen Willow Forge, located on his property in East Gwillimbury where, along with providing ironwork for a log home he built, he does commission forging work and provides blacksmith workshops.

John also operates a mobile version of his forge which is used to provide blacksmith demonstrations at fairs and festivals. He is a regular demonstrator at the Kingston Annual Sheepdog Trials and Festival as well as the Very Victorian Outdoor Christmas Market held in Stratford, Ontario. John is a member in good standing of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.





Anna Vander Heide

Illustrator, Designer

Anna Vander Heide is an illustrator located and working out of Newmarket, Ontario. She uses her personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings, to illustrate complex and abstract concepts, emotions, and topics. Anna utilizes texture and linework in her illustrations through both digital and traditional mediums to convey contemporary concepts in stylistically innovative ways.

In her recent past, Anna’s work has been published and awarded in the Applied Arts Annual for “The Hidden Crisis”. As well as participating in various local art shows and receiving accolades for her recent group showing at Gallery 1313 in Toronto for her series “through their Windows”.

She works in children’s literature and editorial illustration but loves to explore various other disciplines and mediums. Anna has completed an Illustration Diploma with high honours at Seneca College, specializing in both picture book and editorial illustration.

Teresa Dunlop


I am a Newmarket, Ontario based ceramic artist. For thirty-two years, I was an elementary school teacher. Watching my students' creative exploration of material made me want to be a maker as well as a facilitator. 
Seizing this dream, I went back to school and completed the Craft and Design Ceramics program at Sheridan College.
With this new diploma, I began a second career as a potter/ceramic artist!! For three years I was an artist in residence in the Ceramic Studio at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. 
In 2017, I opened my own studio in Newmarket, Ontario where I create finely crafted objects intended to enhance daily living. Because I love to share what I learn, I also offer classes, workshops and give presentations and demonstrations. Contact me for more info.







Anand Sihra

Fusion 360 and CNC Milling

With over 11 years in the trade, Anand is a second - generation machinist with experience programming and machining in numerous manufacturing industries, including, but not limited to, automotive driveline systems, automotive stamping tooling, aluminum extrusion tooling, industrial equipment components, and geological drilling equipment. He has worked with some of the leading organizations in their respective industries, and is currently running his own machine shop.






















Marcello Nicolo

CNC Routing

After graduating from Seneca College for CNC programming, Marcello has over ten years experience in the CNC industry.  He is extremely excited to join the NewMakeIt team and looks forward to share his extensive knowledge in the CNC trade with anyone eager and willing to learn something new.




Chris Tucker



Chris is an experienced high school construction technology teacher with a background in architecture. He has been teaching students of all ages the joys of woodworking for over 20 years. Chris uses traditional as well as modern tools in his woodworking projects. Chris is also a freelance writer for the Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement magazine, and focuses on the integration of digital tools and techniques into the shop.