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Our founder

Monique Rutherford
(she/her)

Monique Rutherford  is the founder of After School Play in Clay.

She is passionate about the health and well-being of our children and created this program when schools were in lockdown, in March of 2021. Monique knows clay heals. She has been bringing clay to kids throughout her adult life and strongly believes every child should have the ability to access, create and explore the wonders of art.

Monique is a professional sculptor who and has lived and worked in Northern California for over 30 years. Her work is represented by a NYC gallery and collected and shown internationally.

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Muna Halabi
(she/her)

Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, MFA
Muna’s strong passion for working with children stems from her own understanding and work as an artist. She brings of the wonder and joy of clay to our kids by encouraging them to explore and discover their uniqueness through clay.

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Iris Mayhew
(she/her)

A Mom and artist herself, Iris understands the importance of art in the lives of young children and brings that passion along with her own experience into our program.

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Sophia Hoggatt
(she/her)

San Francisco State University
A strong advocate for children in the arts, Sophia’s brings her knowledge, experience and passion along with her infectious sense of humor into the classroom making her an invaluable addition to our program.

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Shy Alderman
(they/them)

Cal State East Bay
Shy is an artist and youth advocate. With skills in art and sculpting, youth counseling, social work and case management, Shy’s experience makes them uniquely qualified and an excellent addition to our team.