Padma Studios® apprentices are senior students of Pema Namdol Thaye who have trained in areas of traditional thanka painting, sculpture, and/or 3-D mandala construction. Apprentices play a vital role in assisting Pema Namdol in complex art projects; they also assist in the completion of select private commissions directed by Pema Namdol, by request of the client.
Lhawang Jajin has been assisting Pema Namdol with three dimensional mandala projects since 2010. An engineering graduate from University California Davis, Lhawang is proficient in AutoCAD programming, and is passionate about creating architectural models which utilize traditional celestial design.
Tenzing Kunphel studied thanka painting at the Tsering Art School in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been an apprentice of Pema Namdol since 2010 and currently assists Pema with international painting projects. Tenzing is a skilled thanka painter who specializes in the Karma Gadri style.
Sangay Penjor studied sculpting in Thimphu, Bhutan with Bhutan's foremost master sculptor for over eighteen years. He specializes in creating one of a kind traditional clay sculptures under Pema Namdol's guidance and design. Sangay has worked in various monasteries and temples in Bhutan, India and Nepal, providing high quality custom clay sculptures.
Passam Sherpa has studied the art of thanka painting with Pema Namdol for over twenty years. A native of Kalimpong, India, he specializes in color and shading. Passam has painted thankas and murals in monasteries in India and Nepal, including at Deorali Chorten Gompa (the residence of Dodrupchen Rinpoche), Sikkim, and Khinmey Nyingma Monastery, Tawang.
A Vajrayana practitioner in the Dudjom Tersar lineage, Jessica Thaye is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet and a former Montessori School Principal. She has worked as Pema's personal assistant and administrator of Padma Studios® since 2012. Jessica is a contributing author of Celestial Portfolio and is studying various aspects of Vajrayana art with her husband, Pema Namdol.