At the core of our program are the people who make it possible.
Smash Glass Arts is by the community for the community, and we invite everyone to get involve in what ever way they are able to do so. Whether that means learning a new art form during open studio or leading a class in your own speciality, we are happy that you're here to learn and grow with us.
Below are the dedicated and talented staff you'll see when you come for classes and studio time. While they come from a variety of backgrounds and approaches, what unites them is a desire to bring creativity to the McClellanville and Awendaw area.
Natalie Vereen-Davis Lead Artist and Web Designer
Natalie loves anything creative, particularly if it has to do with writing, stationery, or web design. She holds a B.A. in English from Clemson and a M.A. in literature from USC, and taught literature, composition, and public speaking at the college level. Natalie has extensive experience with writing and social media management, having written content for MasterCard, Touring Bird, Care.com, MyWedding.com, and her own travel blog, CosmosMariners.com. When she's not typing or creating, she can be found homeschooling her two children, planning her next trip, or reading a novel.
Arnetia Carter-Manigault Lead Artist
Arnetia Carter-Manigault is a McClellanville native. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1997 and holds an associates degree in Business Administration. Currently, she works as a computer lab teacher assistant at St. James Santee Elementary. Arnetia is also the owner of Angel Diaper Cakes and Crafts. She enjoys working with kids and meeting new people through crafting.
Melanie McClellan-Hartnett Founder
Born and raised in McClellanville, SC, Melanie is a local artist whose vision for her hometown started with "1,000 Flowers for Peace" (see Past Shows). She began working with found materials in 2012 and served as the Artist in Residence at St. James Santee Episcopal Church from 2015-2019. She spends time creating art and studying new skills to share with others in the community. Most recently, Melanie has focused on sewing, pottery, and encaustic art.
Instructors and Staff
Elaine Bestler | Senior Arts
Carmen Byrd | Senior Arts
Sara Schultz | Sewing
Harvey Vanderhorst Jr. | Drawing and Mosaics
Larry Mellichamp | Studio Engineer