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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
An award-winning designer and prior LSU fashion professor, Dr. Lisa Barona McRoberts, aka “the Fashion Doctor” specializes in creativity, fashion design, couture finishing techniques, beading, embroidery, and natural dyeing techniques. She interned at Vera Wang in New York, studied couture beading techniques at LeSage in Paris, and taught senior design students that ended up on Project Runway, and taught workshops during various fashion weeks. Her custom couture business was established in April of 1999 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Artist's Way Facilitatior
A follower of The Artist’s Way since the late ’90s, Anne is passionate about creativity and its animating energy source inside us all. Since 2008, she has facilitated workshops using The Artist’s Way at Work, a tool to cultivate creative thinking in the workplace; and grown her business Art at Work LLC.
Prior to that time Anne served The Red Shoes, a center for personal and spiritual growth as a founding member and its first program director. She holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University of New Orleans.
The Journey Lab 731 Franklin St. Baton Rouge, Louisiana