Monday & Thursday 10am-8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 10am-6 pm
|Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm

*Look for additional hours for “friends of the Tin Can” during workshop and class hours.  See the calendar for event dates. 

What is the Tin Can Chandelier?

A functional work-space for seasoned artists, aspiring artists or just downright creativity junkies to hangout and learn, teach and share what inspires them. It’s a fun community of like-minded people

Set in an open-spaced barn-like setting, enjoy free-flowing conversation with other fun loving creative people. Whether you’ve been teaching collegian level art classes for decades or you just like to work with your hands making anything, you will enjoy the no-pressure environment at the Tin Can.



Keelie Wurster – Owner

Keelie obtained a business degree with a minor in psychology from Ashland University in 2003.  She worked with the YMCA for over 11 years creating programs and working with children and the community.

Although, she doesn’t have any formal art training she loves to create, learn and “try everything”.  Her love of travel and exploring has helped with the vision of the TCC.  When she is not at the TCC, she can be found on the family farm, in her workshop or hanging out with her kiddos.

Mary Cooper-Creative Director

Mary Cooper
Mary Cooper

Mary has loved the arts her entire life and remembers sitting at the kitchen table as a young child drawing still-lifes for fun. She turned her passion into a career by earning her Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Toledo and is a licensed art teacher. She has been teaching art for the last 10 years and for the past five, she served as Education Director at the Mansfield Art Center scheduling classes, teaching, planning field trips, being a graphic designer at times and much more. With her minor in photography, Mary enjoys being behind the camera and occasionally photographs weddings or portraits. She loves any type of DIY project and has inherited her Grandfather’s love of refinishing furniture. She has been a vendor at Ashland Fall Festival for the Arts, Dazzle, and has exhibited her work at the Mansfield Art Center. “I am thrilled to take on the role of Creative Director at the TCC and am humbled that I’ve been given this opportunity,” says Mary Cooper. When she isn’t busy teaching or creating, you can find her cooking in the kitchen and spending time with her husband Pete, daughter Vienna and Golden Retriever Abel.

Elizabeth Klingler-Lead 2D Instructor

Elizabeth Klingler

Elizabeth obtained her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the University of Akron in 2011 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014. She has lived in Ohio her entire life and loves the small town feel that Ashland has. She couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! Soon after moving to Ashland, Elizabeth and her sister opened a gallery in Cleveland and served the art community by giving opportunities for up-and-coming artists in the greater Cleveland area to exhibit their work. However, she missed serving in her own community, and decided to pursue her passion for the arts in her own town. Elizabeth is excited to have the opportunity to serve her community as the 2D Lead Instructor at the TCC. Elizabeth is a passionate educator and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be creative. Her specialties include watercolor, mixed media and printmaking. She enjoys the challenge of creating work that utilizes various forms of media to obtain a final product. When she’s not teaching, Elizabeth enjoys spending her free time with her husband Kyle, daughter Lydia and painting in her home studio.

Nataleigh Everett

Nataleigh Everett-Lead Ceramicist

Although Nataleigh Everett is young, don’t let that fool you into thinking that she comes without experience. Nataleigh concentrated on pottery and multi-media art classes while at Ashland High School.  She has also completed  Ceramics I and Advanced Ceramics at Ashland University.  She specializes in figurative ceramics and has a passion for the slow process of hand building. She enjoys using mixed media to create personal sculptures, and is excited to teach what she loves. Her eagerness to grow as an artist and willingness to embrace the task of developing a ceramics program that everyone from kids to adults will enjoy is why the TCC is delighted to have her as our Lead Ceramicist.

Julianna Hritz

Julianna Hritz

Julianna is thankful for the opportunity to teach and create ceramics with the beautiful Tin Can Chandelier community. She left her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to attend Ashland University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Science Education in 2016. She first experienced ceramic wheel throwing in middle school and was fortunate enough to continue her passion through high school and college courses.  When Julianna’s not covered in clay, she’s most likely covered in flour while baking for her little business called Vines Bakery.  She hopes to be able to throw some pottery with you soon!


Brigette Kotzek-Obringer

Brigitte Klotzek-Obringer (call her Gigi for short) is the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) instructor. Being a mom with a highly mixed education in engineering, art and design, she started The Posh Event Designs as a graphic designer. She has been featured for her party designs all over the world and was more notably featured as a Martha Stewart Dreamer into Doer. She has always enjoyed bringing science and art together from a young age and now with having a very inquisitive mini-me as a daughter, she is more passionate than ever to teach it. She has two beautiful daughters and an amazing husband who supports all of her scathingly-brilliant ideas…(yes, he has totally said that) as well as a house littered with glitter and paper at all times. She describes herself as Graphic designer, crafter, mother-extraordinaire, wife and domestic goddess in training. She believes that education is not a one-size-fits all, that we should nurture each other’s strengths and broaden our horizons with learning something new. She is very excited to be part of The Tin Can Chandelier Family and the community!

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