Pineapple Cat Studio is run by Keli Monkman, her little family, and her two furry feline friends. The name comes from a nickname given to one of the cats by her eldest daughter. Keli (pronounced Kay-lee) has a short commute, since her small studio is located in her garage. Pineapple Cat Studio is a new addition to New Westminster, having only been around since late 2017. This studio has a few artists working out of it, and Keli has been known to give private pottery classes. Keli’s work is currently focused on functional ceramics, with an eye for minimal colours and graceful shapes. She loves coffee, and the majority of her drinking cups are for coffee and espresso. Keli believes that the act of drinking coffee is enhanced by hand thrown mugs and cups. You may also see some of her ceramic pendants, as well as some whimsical cards inspired by robots, dinosaurs, cats and other such things. Keli received a Diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College in 2003. She then went on to Emily Carr University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. In art school, Keli spent a lot of time in the printmaking room as well as the ceramics room.