About Us

At The Artist Outpost, we’re passionate about art and education! Co-Owners Meryl and Eryn opened our doors in 2018 in Ocean Beach, San Diego to offer youth and adults both pottery and art classes that nurture creativity and self expression. Our mission is to provide a friendly, supportive art community where everyone feels at home to be creative. Art is for everyone!

This tribe of experienced, fun, and talented teaching artists are excited to help artists of all ages discover the joy of art-making. Art is not just about creating beautiful pieces, but also a powerful tool for living in the moment. Hope to see you in the studio soon! 

Meryl shares her passion of art with students of all ages.  She believes anyone can be an artist. Art can be taught by learning techniques and only requires an open mind to learn! Bring your creative and intuitive side to her classes. Originally from the East coast, Meryl was raised in New Jersey, graduated with an Interior Design degree from Philadelphia University, and a left a career in NYC for love and a lifestyle change in San Diego.  She lives with her husband Ryan, kids Cliff and Pearl, and cat Charlie in Lemon Grove. She says, "Owning and operating the studio with my sister-in-law, Eryn, is a dream come true." She teaches yoga too!

Born and raised in Southern California, Eryn has been playing with every type of art she could her hands on since she was a little tyke. In college, Eryn took on classes in sculpture, painting, muraling, and beyond. She brings her keen eye for design and composition to all her workshops, whether abstraction, resin pouring, acrylic pour, painting, or a Paint Your Pet workshop.

Roberta loves sharing the creative process with students of all ages, making a plan, discarding the plan, capitalizing on discoveries. She teaches oil and acrylic painting, candle making, drawing, and encaustic mixed media. When she's not at the studio or with her family at the beach, she paints commissions of local families and landmarks. Both a San Diego native and a "New Yorker," she is thrilled to call OB her forever home. She earned art history and studio art BAs from Binghamton University and an MA in Organizational Change Management from The New School. Instagram @Roberta.Sutton

Meg is a ceramic, multi-medium-based painter, and site specific installation artist from Breckenridge, Colorado. Whether building a kiln in Texas, collecting clay from the riverbanks in Pennsylvania, or studying vibrant colors and techniques of painting and mosaics in Morocco, Meg strives to utilize inspiration from the world around her, re-cultivating our relationship with the environment and one another through art. Meg earned her BFA and BS in Recreational Therapy and studied ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and metal smithing. She loves to incorporate her background in art with working with people with disabilities. Her favorite mediums combine her deep love for clay with painting to create textured, expressionist works. Meg is jazzed to share her passions and the continuous learning and fun to be had with all!

A former art teacher and now a professional artist. Zach studied Art Education at Indiana Wesleyan University and taught elementary and middle school art for 5 years. He moved to LA where he pushed towards full-time art, working on film sets, photo shoots, red-carpet events, graphic design, murals, video editing, and touring band photography. After moving to San Diego in the Summer of 2022 Zach started his pursuit of full-time tattooing and is now a tattoo artist in North Park. With a specialization in Drawing and Painting, Zach loves sharing his wide breadth of knowledge with his students of all ages. He believes creativity and artistry is a muscle that needs to be worked out to grow. If you’re looking for a great time with lots of laughs and lots to learn join one of his courses! If you’d like to see some of Zach’s artwork or you’re interested in tattoos check out his Instagram: @zachtod.

Our Thursday night series pottery teacher loves sharing his love of the craft and mad skills with his students.

A born creator, Dain has been making art with kids since she was 11 and running summer camps for her sister and friends. Dain earned her Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Lesley College in Boston, Dain returned to her home town of San Diego where she taught pre-school and elementary school, ran creative businesses, and volunteered with arts organizations. Dain's current artistic passions include pottery and cyanotypes, where she draws inspiration and materials from nature, especially beautiful San Diego beaches. Dain's favorite people to make art with are her two sons and the kids in her classes at the Artist Outpost!

Valerie is a multimedia visual artist based in San Diego. The daughter of a photographer and elementary school art teacher, she developed a passion for drawing at a young age. She earned her BA in Fine Art from the University of California Santa Cruz and has since pursued a career in arts education while continuing her creative practice. Her illustrated work has been featured in documentaries such as Gratitude Revealed and Wild Hope, and she has won multiple awards for her art direction in film. Valerie is interested in combining mediums to create immersive, experimental experiences!

Dave started teaching pottery in 2016 and he’s been knocking around in the backroom ever since! He has a diverse background that adds dimension to his teaching. He's been a whitewater guide in Canada, taught within formal and informal education, worked with at-risk youth in the high desert of Utah, and currently works as a data analyst in telecom. He says he's not an “artist” by education, but approaches pottery as a life-long practice of learning. Bringing a developmental mindset to his classes helps Dave to reach all his students where they are and is skilled at breaking down complexity into small achievable tasks. Dave loves throwing pieces of all shapes and sizes. In his class you may learn to make cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, bottles, tea pots, jars, toroids, double-walled pieces, and hand built shapes, though probably not all in one series! Besides spending time in the studio, Dave enjoys the outdoors with wife Tessa, son River, and dog Juniper. He looks forward to teaching River to climb, paddle, and ski, but for now is very content to explore the intricacies of the front lawn and the beach on hands and knees with his 11 month old.

A biologist by trade, Khoury has a decade of experience researching fisheries to improve salmon passage through river systems. Khoury brings his problem solving end engineering skills to a favorite childhood pastime: LEGO. He learned he could create things he never thought possible as a kid. He and his family moved to OB in 2022 and couldn't be happier. He works with local businesses and families, creating unique works of art and custom mini-figures. He hosts "build your own race car" events, complete with double race track and timer, and birthday parties with custom builds. Check out this activity as a party "add on"!

At 16, Isra enrolled in a clay class offered by an Anthropologist in Mexico City, expecting to dive into the art of firing ceramics. To his surprise, he spent most of his time grinding wild clay by hand under the sun. Despite not having kilns and the arduous process of that class, his passion for ceramics had only begun. It wasn’t until he relocated to California that he discovered ready-to-use clay and learned the next steps in the process. His undergrad studies focused on ceramics and graphic design, and after earning his BFA, he spent a semester in Spain, studying advanced ceramics. Today, Isra makes use of the primitive techniques he initially learned as well as wheel-throwing and embellishes his work with materials like precious metal lusters. Much of his focus explores the inherent properties of terracotta such as its ability to filter water and aerate plants so they thrive.

Ruben Allen is a ceramic artist born and raised in San Diego, California. His work is mostly done behind the wheel, specializing in crafting elegant and functional tableware and decor. He earned a degree in Liberal Studies: Emphasis on Elementary Education from San Diego State University and is continuing to pursue a career in art education. In addition to teaching at The Artist Outpost, he teaches in several art programs via the San Diego Unified School District as well as Idyllwild Arts Academy. Follow on Instragram @stairwell.ceramics.

Sanise has been an artist for several years and enjoys bringing her pieces to various craft events in Southern California. Resin is her favorite medium to work with in addition to acrylic paint. She creates new resin pieces every week and loves what she does.

Georgie is from Bristol, England. After studying art, she became a graphic designer in Advertising for 18 years. As a resident of Ocean Beach since 2011, she is mainly a portrait artist, but loves to draw everything under the sun. With a passion for travel to seek creative inspiration, photography is another love. Whether painting, drawing, or sculpting, she enjoys to work with many mediums. As a teacher, Georgie guides people to trust their instincts and experiment. She encourages them to let go of perfection, to enjoy the creative process of making mistakes especially since, more often than not, they can contribute to your best work. When not in the studio, you can find Georgie riding her rusty bike around OB or pottering around at home with her 2 children and their dog. A lot of the time you can find her covered in clay, experimenting in the world of ceramics.