Who We Are

  • Delanie Holton-Fessler

    Owner & CEO

    Delanie is the founder and CEO at C&a. Delanie oversees the day-to-day operations, programming, and development. In addition to running the shop, she is also the Author of Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids. Before opening the shop with Jon, Delanie worked as a k-8 art teacher and content integration specialist in high poverty schools throughout Denver for ten years. She holds a BFA in sculpture and art education as well as a masters degree in cultural and linguistic education. Delanie has dedicated her life to handcraft and community and wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Delanie’s top three favorite craft supplies:

    Glue gun, Sticks, Rope

  • Jonathan Fessler

    Owner, Designer, & Lead Builder

    Jonathan grew up outside of Philadelphia. His first job was at the age of 14 as a chimney sweep for a local mason (he was the only one small enough to go head first into the chimney). He began working summers as an apprentice to brick and stone masons at 16. At 19, he moved to Colorado and continued to work alongside some of the best stone masons in the industry. Jon and Delanie opened C&a in 2014 with the simple idea that learning to do things by hand, from experts, is a good thing. Jon is our lead builder, designer, and collaborator. 

    Jon’s top three favorite crafts supplies:

    Alley scores, Table saw, a Chisel

  • Anna Loring

    Children’s Programming Director

    Anna joined the team in the summer of 2017 and has never looked back. She’s got kid magic and there’s not a thing she can’t figure out how to make. Anna loves creating mixed media art and inspiring others to find their inner maker. She is passionate about arts integration, having spent 15 years as an arts integration specialist in EL Education and most recently supporting the creation of a national K-2 curriculum. When she's not chasing her two kiddos, she can be found scouring her neighborhood alleyways for treasures for her next project. 

    Anna’s top three favorite craft supplies:

    Xacto knives, Cardboard, Hot glue

  • Serena Sanchez

    Lead Instructor & Content Developer

    Serena started here at the shop back in 2016. Since then, she’s taught just about everything around here. She’s a jack of all craft with an eye for detail, creative process, and technical skill. Serena has recently returned to full-time status here after working as a middle and high school art teacher and hanging with her own kiddo. Serena is working with many of our older makers in schools and here at the shop and we’re so grateful for her!

    Serena’s top three favorite craft supplies:

    Felt, Googlie eyes, Tacky glue