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Erie Makes

Meet the Makers 2022

Thank you to all of the participants of Erie Makes 2022! This event would not be possible without our local makers and community partners. We greatly appreciate all of their time and hard work. 

Ansumana Gbembo 

Ansumana is a talented tailor from Sierra Leone. While living in a refugee camp in Guinea, he took a vocational course to learn the art of tailoring. In 2009, he relocated to Erie. He works with both African and Western fabrics to create outfits his clients will love. He mends clothes, creates garments, and teaches sewing lessons. You can reach him by phone at (814) 413-3694 or email at To learn more about his business visit his Facebook page

Steve Patterson 

From an early age, Steve was intrigued with electricity and anything mechanical.  He was recruited out of High School in the late 1970’s to work for the world largest Fire Alarm, Security, Energy Management, Master Clock Systems and Time and Attendance Systems, company Simplex Time Recorder Co. started in 1884.  His background in Electromechanical as was their product line at that time, but it was moving rapidly to electronic components for their new products, so they sent Steve to there in house electronics school.   He was expected to service anything from a pendulum driven clock, to new electronic piece of equipment. 

As a life long learner, He loves to tackle new projects, from fixing anything electronic for himself or friends, or restoring every component in an automobile or camper restoration.  He is always looking for new projects to tackle, anything from home automation to restoring old audio HiFi components. Join Steve on Nov. 10th for the Let there be Light Soldering class

Kenneth Bownes

Kenneth started carving wooden spoons and other kitchen utensils about six years ago when he saw a video of a woodworker and thought he'd give it a try. The wood he uses comes from local trees in Erie near his home.  He makes all sorts of spoons, spatulas and even shoehorns. They are all different - no two come out the same as wood differs from branch to branch. Come see Kenneth demonstrate and learn more about spoon carving at Erie Makes on Saturday Nov. 12th at the Blasco Library. Can't make the demonstration? Check out Kenneth's maker video during the week of Erie Makes! You can check out Kenneth's work on his website or reach out to him and attend a meeting of the Erie Spoon Club by checking events on their Facebook page

Shaddai Rodriguez 

Shaddai is an Erie based photographer. Here Shaddai describes her love for photography "Photography for me is so much more than just a picture, it's a way to remember the sweet moments in life. It's a way to cling onto memories in a tangible way. The heart of my photography business , Photos by Dai is to not just be your photographer, but friend. I want you to see just how valuable your life is to God and those around you" Check out her website here. 


Ashley Pastore 

Ashley Pastore is an artist living and working in Erie, Pa. She received her Masters of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in printmaking and new media. Recently, her work was displayed in a solo exhibition at the Erie Art Museum titled Everyday Monumental. Her work is on permanent display in Chicago’s Union Station and the Cleveland’s Downtown Hilton Hotel. She has shown  around the country in Chicago, Austin, Cleveland, Buffalo and Albuquerque. After receiving her graduate degree, she was hired as the print shop technician at the historical Ox Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan and has most recently taught at SUNY Fredonia in the printmaking department. Ashley is currently building a communal printshop and makerspace, Grounded Printshop, in Erie.


Claytopia is Erie, PA’s pottery painting studio. This DIY studio is located in the West Erie Plaza. They offer hundreds of functional and stylish ceramic choices.  Join them on Erie Makes for a Paint a Tile session - check our schedule tab for registration information. For more information about Claytopia, visit their website


Inner-City Neighborhood Art House

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House provides a safe, nourishing and caring environment for youth after school and during the summer. Youth ages 7-18 who live in Erie's inner city are invited to attend the Neighborhood Art House at no cost for instruction in the visual, performing, and literary arts, and in environmental action. The Art House also offers daytime classes for homeschool students and daytime, evening and weekend classes for adult students. For more information visit their website. 

Grounded Printshop

Grounded Printshop is an interdisciplinary, contemporary print and papermaking shop/ artist residency located in Erie. Their goal is to provide creative space to explore new ideas and perspectives.  They have drawer and cubby space as well as private studios and open unfinished areas to get messy and explore BIG ideas. For more information visit their website

Community Access Media

Community Access Media is an independent nonprofit corporation that administers the public access channel on Spectrum Cable Channel 1021, VNET Fiber Channel 2, Apple TV, Roku, and Video On Demand at Its mission is to provide media access to the Erie community. Community Access Media gives people and organizations the tools that they need to get their unique messages across to their intended audiences. Learn more about other classes CAM offers on their website.

Erie Art Museum 

The Erie Art Museum is one of the region’s great cultural treasures, presenting quality exhibitions and a rich array of programming. Located in downtown Erie, the Museum holds a collection of more than 8,000 objects. The Museum has a wide range of offers including lecture series, educational programs, and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a growing number of workshops and community events. The museum also coordinates Gallery Nights throughout the year highlighting the growing art-scene in Erie County. The mission of the Erie Art Museum is to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, encouraging art in all its forms, fostering lifelong art learning, and building community among artists, art students and the public. To learn more about the Erie Art Museum visit their website. 

Lake Erie Woodworks

Lake Erie Woodworks is owned by Armando Reyes, a local craftsman who has been building furniture and wooden goods since 2008. He then created the Lake Erie School of Woodworking: a center for learning and advancing the art and craft of woodworking, based in Erie, PA. They offer classes and video workshops. Learn more about them on their website

Whitethorn Games

Whitethorn Games is an indie game publisher that focusing on pleasant, cozy games that can be played in pieces, that require no special skills or knowledge, and that anyone can pick up and play. They are believers in accessibility, inclusion, and widening the audience that gets to play. They like to consider Themselves the defenders of easy games! Learn more about them on their website.