PADMA StUDIOS apprentices

Padma Studios® apprentices are senior students of Pema Namdol Thaye who have trained in areas of traditional thanka or contemporary 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.  

Tenzing Kunphel

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 Gadi 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.  


Jessica THaye

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 Namdol's personal assistant and administrator of Padma Studios® since 2012.  Jessica is a contributing author of Celestial Portfolio and is studying  sacred art with Pema Namdol.