Deborah Jenkins has a BA in Fine Art with a specialization in metalsmithing and an MA in Art History with a specialization in the Art of the Pre-Columbian Americas. She has had classes and graduate seminars in European Art from Ancient to Contemporary, the Art of Africa, Mesoamerica, Oceania, the Andes, Native American, and Islamic Art and Architecture.
For her graduate work Deborah did research in Mexico and South America. She received the Ishimoto Scholarship to the arts for her work. A copy of her thesis, The Iconography of Negative Vicus Anthropomorphic Ceramics, is in the research library at UCLA.
Deborah currently teaches Beginning Drawing, 2-D Design and Art History at College of the Canyons. She has also taught upper an lower division classes in Artistic Forms of Expression, Art History, Topics in Latin American Culture, History of Graphic Design, The History and Theory of Visual Communication, Advanced Photoshop, and Dreamweaver at American Intercontinental University.
Deborah is currently president of Pearleye, a web development/web maintenance company and a studio potter. As a potter her work has been chosen for the juried shows, “Ink and Clay 38”, “Big Fish Small Pot V” and the “Orton Cone Box Show”. She is a member and Historian for the American Ceramics Society – Design Chapter and has completed a Certification in Ceramic Technology.
Prior to starting her business Deborah was a Corporate Executive Visual Coordinator and Director with Bullock's, Robinson's-May, and Bloomingdale’s. Before that, after earning her degrees, Deborah worked in the contemporary art department at Sotheby's Auction House.