Teachers

Pam Westbrook

Pam Westbrook

Founder of the Journey Lab

Pam is the founder of The Journey Lab, which is her own personal studio.  For a number of years she has been using this space to share her insights on creativity with small groups.  She believes that the simple act of intuitively creating, can be revolutionary and life changing.  Pam is a composer, a composer of materials, objects and colors.  In her own work she seeks to let her soul guide her vision and process.  The results are compelling images expressing emotions, whimsy and elemental truths.

True to her giving spirit, Pam has opened her studio to a few close friends who also wished to teach.  Her aim is to help open doors for others in the community seek their own creative gifts.

Leslie Hite

Leslie Hite

Co-Creator, Administrator, Instructor

Leslie Hite is a Louisiana artist specializing in Pencil work and oil painting with a focus on portraiture.  Bolstered by a 30-year career as an art teacher, her skills range from drawing and painting to pottery, clay sculpture, jewelry, felt work, ceramics and more.

Leslie received her degree in Fine Arts and Art Education from LSU and enjoys living in Baton Rouge creating art with her husband, Bill Hite.

Becky Gottsegen

Becky Gottsegen

Figurative Sculpture Workshops

Becky Gottsegen is a Baton Rouge native. In the first phase of her creative journey she was an award-winning graphic designer in New Orleans. During her time there, Becky owned a high end furniture gallery and went on to work on a number of construction and design projects. Eventually though, she decided to pursue her long held interest in clay. Following hurricane Katrina Becky and her husband returned to Baton Rouge. Since then, she has worked hard at her craft and traveled, studying under some of the top figurative ceramic artists in the country. We are very pleased that she is sharing her talents at the Journey Lab.

Mary Helen Borck

Mary Helen Borck

Candle Workshops

Mary Helen Borck is a Baton Rouge native. She has been a teacher, creator of a weekly newspaper children’s page (The Bubble Gum Rapper), grant writer, nurse and now candle maker. Her company, Sea and Sparrow, was created by her son and daughter-in-law and she took it over a few years ago. Classes include container candles, lotion candles and creating fragrant salts for the bath. Mary Helen also loves to read and participates in 2 book clubs, as well as a weekly women’s discussion group on creativity. She enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, bike riding and traveling far and wide.

Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson

Resin and Poured Acrylics Workshops

Ellen Anderson is a Baton Rouge native and local artists. She mainly uses resin techniques in her paintings, but enjoys experimenting and learning about many different mediums, including alcohol inks, epoxy ‘faux stone’ countertop finishing , and designing / renovating furniture with her husband. She is a mommy to three under four and married to an amazing and supportive man, Arthur Anderson. She loves teaching workshops and sharing her knowledge about resin painting and other techniques.

Lauren Robert

Lauren Robert

Tie Dye Worksops

I fell in love with tie dye early on in life. I’ve always been drawn to the free willed hippie spirit. On a family trip in 2015 fate delivered me to Cosmic Ties, a little bitty tie dye store. As I perused the store I was stopped in my tracks when I uncovered a pair of tie dyed leggings. It was in that moment a vision ignited inside of me. I wanted to make and sell tie dyed leggings. To this day I spend all my free time researching, experimenting on the subject. I try new techniques as often as I can. I have passion and talent that I’m excited to share.

Osa Atoe

Osa Atoe

Hand Built Pottery Workshops

Osa Atoe makes terracotta pottery decorated with distinctive geometric hand carved designs. Osa got her start in ceramics almost five years ago at a community studio in New Orleans, moved to Baton Rouge in May 2016 with her husband and just began her first semester as a post-baccalaureate ceramics student at Louisiana State University. Before her career in ceramics, she was a punk musician, a music journalist and a teaching artist at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans. You can find her monthly at Midcity Makers Market and other local craft markets & festivals. www.potterybyosa.com and @osa_atoe on Instagram.

The Journey Lab     731 Franklin St.  Baton Rouge, Louisiana