Jana Bednarkova Kenney
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Kids Like Clay™ Studio

10805 Hess Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 567-6964
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Jana Bednarkova Kenney is an internationally recognized French artist, born in Czech Republic. She earned a Master of Arts degree, in Ceramics, at the University of Applied Arts, Prague. Afterwards, she immigrated to France, and established the Artaim studio in central Paris. She founded the annual "Céramique 14 Paris" exhibition and presented Contemporary French Ceramics at the 2008 NCECA conference. Her ceramics have been exhibited in many countries including Japan and Korea. After her successful 17 year career in Paris and 2 years of work in Hawaii in JBK Studio in Kailua, she has now taken on a new challenge of creating a large ceramic studio in San Diego, California to pursue her artistic vision.



  • University of Applied Arts, Paris, France
  • University of Applied Arts Prague, Czech Republic. 
  • M. A. in Ceramics, Certificate of teacher qualification
  • High School of Applied Arts, Czech Republic



Currently Teaching:

  • Get Centered Clay Studio- La Mesa, CA
    - Ceramic classes for adults & children

  • Learn with the artist from Paris
    - Private art classes for children and adults in English, French and Czech language

  • Education Foundation of Spanish Village Art Center
    - Ceramic Classes for adults & children

Past Teaching Engagements

  • Carmel Creek Elementary School, San Diego - Spring Session 2014
    - Clay classes, after school enrichment program

  • Studio 6 at Spanish Village Art Center
    - Ceramic classes for children and adults


  • The Association Artistique de la Banque de France
    - 1992 – 2005 - Taught ceramics and sculpture classes.

  • Atelier Artaim Paris
    - 2001 – 2007 - Taught private art lessons for children and adults at her art studio in central Paris.

  • Les Ateliers Bleus art program, organized by the Education Nationale Francaise. 
    - As a foreign artist introduced new culture and art to French elementary school children.

  • Art Piece for our School, organized by the Education Nationale Francaise.
    - Supervised children in the creation of an art piece that was permanently installed at their elementary school.

  • Art in Elementary School Program, organized by Rectorat de Paris.
    - Workshops for school children.

  • Association Pierre August Renoir
    - Taught children art classes organized by Mme Evangeline Renoir, Director of Association
      Pierre Auguste Renoir, Essoyes, created in 1986 by Claude Renoir, grandson of the painter.

  • The Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA) - 2004 - 2006 - Independent organization founded in New York in 1963 as the Center for Overseas Undergraduate Programs (COUP). CUPA has offices in Paris and the United States. Their transcripts are accepted by most US institutions.
            -Taught American college students in ceramic-sculpture class and graded their art work. Their University gave them credit for the grades earned in Kenney’s class.

Philadelphia, USA

  • Private Elementary School - 1999
    - Taught at a private elementary school in exchange for studio space at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia. 


  • Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, CA
  • San Diego Mesa College, Can Diego, CA
  • La Petite Ecole, La Jolla, CA
  • National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA
  • Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke, New Zealand
  • Parsons School for Design, New York, USA
  • Art University of Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • AIC conference, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Tama Art University Machida, Tokyo, Japan

Jana Bednarkova Kenney Images