HATCH Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Stockton, CA that operates as a public makerspace and arts education center offering the community access to tools, machinery, equipment, communal workspaces, and classes to develop skills in the mediums of wood, metal and ceramics.
HATCH Workshop was started by a group of young artists, makers, and creatives with the help of a generous grant from California College of the Arts and an essential partnership with the San Joaquin County Office of Education, which provides HATCH a long-term loan of woodworking and digital fabrication machinery. Since its inception, HATCH Workshop has worked to establish a broader ecosystem of artists, educators, students, and the public. HATCH Workshop has provided general arts outreach at local events, public art workshops, off-site youth art workshops through its Inspire Youth program, and hosted a number of artist networking events, as well as served clients around Stockton through production services.
Our Ecosystem Map highlights the many components of programming, community, and stakeholders HATCH Workshop hopes to bring together.
A coalition of artists, craftspeople, activists, and educators working to support and foster the creative community in Stockton.
Executive Director, Production Manager & Digital Creative Specialist
Elazar Abraham is a musician, thinker and maker focused on clarifying the relationship between order and chaos. Combining passions in sculpture, music, philosophy, and education, he seeks to present the virtue of mindfulness and craft in any practice. After graduating with a B.A. in New Media and minors in Biology and Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase, he led bike trips for teenagers before accepting a digital fabrication internship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, where he now teaches workshops annually. Living in Seattle for a year provided fertile ground to explore the shifting front between techno-gentrification and creative communities which, timed with opportunity led him to move to Stockton to help co-found HATCH Workshop. Elazar can also be found farming at Boggs Tract Community Farm. He serves on the board of the Stockton Art League as well as the Stockton Arts Foundation.
Jacqueline Bahnsen is a ceramic and multi-media based sculptor interested in the parallels between physiological processes and those of artistic craft and making. She graduated with her BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase College and during her studies completed a year long internship under the studio manager at the Clay Art Center in New York. Afterwards, she continued honing her craft at a nearby ceramic studio on Long Island and selling her work independently within her local community circles and fairs. She then moved to Stockton, California in order to join the HATCH team and help to jump start their ceramics program. Currently, she is focused on instructing at HATCH and producing her own line of work based on the traditional pottery and sculpture skills she will be teaching, as well as continuing her own personal conceptual exploration of process.
Metal Shop Specialist
Daniel Koy is an illustrator, sculptor, and scuba diver from New York City. Currently working mostly in metal, he makes a range of work from traditional sculpture to furniture. His sculptural work explores his interest in nature, environmentalism and the experiences had while scuba diving, while furniture and design work focuses on comfort, craft, and composition. As the metal shop specialist at HATCH Workshop, he facilitates three major topics within metalworking: fabrication, foundry, and forging.
Wood Shop Specialist/Wood Butcher
Ron's bio is coming soon!
Angela "Chilly" Golde
Chilly's bio is coming soon!
Community Facilitator and Art Doula
Amal Amer (they/them) is am a trans*disciplinary artist of SWANA descent currently based in California. Their work explores the tension between rootedness and movement in diaspora. Weaving together magic, spirituality, desire, displacement, and state violence, their work colorfully trans*cends gender and media boundaries. Blessed with the gift of traveling between worlds, they move between organizing spaces, nightclubs, moneyed institutions, friends’ couches, and star-storied spirit and plant realms. They have shown across the web and have performed or shown work in Paris, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. Their work has been featured in Salon al Mahjar, Zafaraan, MILLE World, them, and AWID Magazine, and on the podcast they host, Diaspora Babes. They have recently been an artist at the Wassaic Project in New York and Hatch Workshop in California. Though learning is their life long work, they graduated with a BA from Williams College in 2017, and they regularly take herbalism, dance, and astrology classes. Find them at amalamer.com and on Instagram @youcandoithabibi
Alicia's bio is coming soon!
Josh "J-Scribe" Gill-Sutton
J-Scribe's bio is coming soon!
Mark Curtis Mardon is a writer and musician, an elder in environmental and social-justice movements, and an advocate for the philosophy, business, science and art of permaculture as the best way to return to Mother Earth all the nurturing she gives us, and more. He graduated 1981 with a bachelor's in environmental studies and intercultural communications from the School for International Training, part of World Learning (formerly The Experiment in International Living) in Brattleboro, Vermont. A native of Arizona, he worked in San Francisco in the '80 and '90s as an associate editor and staff writer for the Sierra Club's flagship publication, Sierra Magazine. Many years later he delved into the world of permaculture, exploring the scene in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California, then living and working at Lost Cat Farm, a permaculture demonstration farm in New York's Hudson Valley. He also lived and worked at Mouna Farm Arts and Culture Village on the island of O'ahu, where permaculture is practiced. Mark has a passion for playing the recorder for trees, crops, farm animals, wildlife and people, and believes the sound nurtures us and helps us flourish.
Local professionals, artists, arts advocates and passionate prior team members work to set vision and clarify values while aiding in developing sustainability.
Board of Directors