Artist Series №2

Design by Skye T. Steen

Artist Series №2 by Skye T. Steen

The winner of our second run of submissions to the PT’s Artist Series is Skye T. Steen!

Skye, who lives in Durban, South Africa found out about our contest through Twitter and sent in her winning design with the description, “A hare – elegantly sipping on a cup of coffee. A rabbit is seen as an alert, swift animal, so using him is a way to glorify coffee and give it credit.”

Having recently graduated, she works at The Fire Tree Design Company in South Africa as well as doing freelance design and illustration work. Her interests are multiple and varied, but always with an artistic and creative bent. She is active in many local creative events and spends her time painting, sketching, playing music, and attending local shows. She says her future is wide open and that she could end up “anywhere having fun and enjoying what I do.”

You can check out her online portfolio here.


Artist Series №1

Artist Series № 1 by Holly Bastin

Artist Series № 1 by Holly Bastin

Mug by Holly Bastin

Holly Bastin’s journey through the coffee world started as much out of curiosity as anything else. Throughout her years working for PT’s, she was given the opportunity to learn the skills of a great barista, and to participate in several events that furthered her understanding of espresso preparation. She placed 2nd in the first annual SCAA Midwest Regional Barista Competition, and went on to compete two more times in the regional competition, as well as participating on the national level. Every time she competed, she found that there was always room for growth and learning in her craft. Before semi-retiring from the coffee world, she acted as SCAA Judge, Trainer, and committee member, and was published multiple times in Barista Magazine.

Outside of the coffee world, Holly is a tremendous artist and we are so happy to feature her as our inaugural artist in the new PT’s Artist Series.