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CIY Instructor

Carolee Stearns

Carolee has always been an eclectic artist who enjoys exploring different mediums. She first tried ceramics at a community center in Fairfax 23 years ago as an excuse to get out of the house when her children were little. It has grown into one of her favorite creative outlets, thanks to the opportunity to work in Kristen Swanson’s studio at White House Ceramics for the past 10 years. Carolee has taught workshops and summer camps at various local studios and continues to take classes from as many different artists as she can to grow her skills.

A long-time supporter and contributor of bowls for Loudoun Empty Bowls, Carolee has recently joined the Board of Directors. She is looking forward to teaching at CIY and creating a partnership with the members and students here to continue supporting this wonderful local charity that addresses food insecurity in Loudoun County

About Us

CIY is a creative hub located in Ashburn, VA, where individuals can explore the world of pottery and specialty arts. The acronym stands for “Create It Yourself,” reflecting the studio’s mission to foster a collaborative environment for both beginners and seasoned artists.

Studio Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 10AM – 9PM
  • Friday 10AM – 6PM
  • Saturday 10AM – 5PM
  • Closed Sunday


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