Board of Directors

Robbie Lobell
Robbie Lobell, Board Co-President

Coupeville, Washington. Robbie is a full-time studio potter, who demonstrates, lectures, and teaches workshops nationally. As cofounder and co-owner of Cook on Clay, Robbie designs and produces flameproof cookware used by award-winning chefs, and featured in culinary shops and events. She is a mentor in her Zakin Apprenticeship Program and a member of NCECA, Slow Food, American Ceramic Society, and the Washington Ceramic Association.

Hayne Bayless
Hayne Bayless, Board Co-President

Ivoryton, Connecticut. In 1992, Hayne quit a perfectly good job at a newspaper to make pots. His work has been shown at the American Craft Museum, and he has regularly exhibited at both the Smithsonian and Philadelphia Museum of Art craft shows and as part of the Minnesota Potters Tour. His work has been published in Objects for Use, by Paul Smith, Design Language, by Tim McCreight, the Studio Potter journal, and the Lark Books series.

Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan Kaplan, Vice President

Denver, Colorado. Jonathan has worked as a production potter, educator, artist, professional mold maker, designer, and manufacturer. He earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Jonathan writes extensively about ceramics, curates Plinth Gallery, and teaches at Adams State College. His career has been a serendipitous confluence of events, hard work, dedication, and constant self-reinvention.

Bonnie D. Hellman, Treasurer

Bonnie lives in Ouray, Colorado, is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in Colorado and Pennsylvania), and has run a private tax practice since 1982. She has a BA in Art History from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and a MA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York. She caught the ceramics bug at Allegheny County Community College in the early 80s, and has been a member of NCECA since 1999.

Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts, Secretary

Memphis, Tennessee. Kate Roberts is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Memphis. She received both her MFA and BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015 and 2010, respectively. Her current installation work considers ephemerality and how it relates to clay and the sites around us. Kate’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, included in major exhibitions such as the Scripps Ceramic Annual, Parcours Ceramique Carougeois Biennial, Switzerland, and the 2019 Korean Ceramic Biennial.

Ashwini Bhat

Petaluma, California. Ashwini Bhat, holds an M.A degree in literature and had an earlier career in classical Indian dance. She studied with American expatriate Ray Meeker in Pondicherry, India. Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally in, among others, The Lacoste/Keane Gallery, Cavin-Morris Gallery, Cohen Gallery/Brown University, the American Jazz Museum, the Newport Art Museum; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan); India Art Fair (India), FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum (China); Woodfire Tasmania (Australia). Her sculpture also has been widely reviewed and featured in The Studio Potter, Brooklyn Rail, Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Riot Material, Ceramic Art and Perception, Ceramics Ireland, New Ceramics, Caliban, Crafts Arts International, Logbook, and Ceramics Monthly. 

Sharbani Das Gupta

Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sharbani Das Gupta graduated in Visual Communications from the National Institute of Design, India and apprenticed in ceramics with Ray Meeker in Pondicherry. After relocating to Albuquerque, she was a studio assistant at the porcelain studio at the University of New Mexico. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Israel, Greece, Korea and FLICAM China. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics and Art Axis, she is a founder-member/co-curator of the Indian Ceramics Triennale. Sharbani has exhibited in the UK, China, Greece, Israel, USA, Australia, Taiwan and India. Her work has been featured in several publications, in The Craft and Art of Clay and most recently in the Southwest Contemporary e-magazine. A writer herself she has contributed to Art India, Ceramic Art & Perception, Ceramics Ireland, New Ceramics, and The Studio Potter among others.

Magdolene Dykstra

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Magdolene Dykstra is a second generation Egyptian-Canadian. In addition to receiving her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Magdolene has participated in residencies at the Medalta Historic Clay District and the Watershed Center for Arts and Crafts. Magdolene has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, including Research and Creation Grants, Exhibition Assistance Grants, and Arts Abroad Grants. Recent exhibitions include a site-specific installation at the Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON). Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Jane Hartsook Gallery (New York, NY). She is also the founder of SWAG, a group dedicated to supporting womxn artists in the Niagara region, where she is a passionate artist-educator, teaching at secondary and post-secondary levels. Magdolene is currently serving as the Visiting Artist in Residence at Concordia University (2020/2021).

Wendy Gers 2019
Wendy Gers

London, United Kingdom. Wendy Gers is a curator, consultant, and scholar, of modern and contemporary ceramic art and design. In 2019 she founded CeramicsResidency, an international, innovative platform for the advancement of artists’ practices. Gers has authored numerous catalogues, book chapters, and scholarly articles. She holds a MA in History of Art from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and a PhD from the University of Sunderland. 

Elaine O. Henry

Sheridan, Wyoming. Elaine Olafson Henry is a ceramics artist, curator, and writer. She is the former editor and publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL. She earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming and a MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and she is currently earning a MA in English at the University of Wyoming. She served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2002–2004, and in 2019 became an NCECA fellow.

Peter Jadoonath

Shafer, Minnesota. Peter and his family live an hour north of the Twin Cities. Here is where they mix work and play on a daily basis. Peter has been active in the Minnesota arts community since 2000, making pots, teaching, and connecting with the community.

Mac McCusker

Durham, North Carolina. Mac McCusker earned their BA from Armstrong State University and an MFA from Georgia State University. They have been a resident artist at Odyssey Clayworks and Penland and was an emerging artist in 2018 in Ceramics Monthly magazine. They have been a consistent lecturer and presenter at the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts. Mac has taught college in Savannah and Atlanta and teaches workshops around the United States. Their work is exhibited nationally. Mac currently resides in Durham, NC and is the studio manager at Claymakers.

Jon McMillan
Jon McMillan

Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jon is an associate professor of ceramics and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Mary Washington. He received a BFA from James Madison University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He currently makes both functional and sculptural ceramic artwork. His most recent exhibitions include solo shows at Tennessee Tech University, Mary Baldwin College, and Luniverre Gallery in Cordes Sur Ciel, France.

Lindsay Oesterritter

Manassas, Virgina. Lindsay Oesterritter is currently a full-time studio potter and Co-Founder and Organizer of National Clay Week and member and Co-Founder of Objective Clay, two online organizations aimed at building and educating the ceramics community. She is an active board member of Studio Potter and co-organizer of Southern Crossing Pottery Festival held in her hometown of Louisville, KY. In 2020 she published her first book, Mastering Kilns & Firing. She earned her MFA from Utah State University in Logan Utah. She held the position of Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Western Kentucky University (2009-2015) and earned Associate Professor in 2015. Lindsay had the fortune to be a resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg and in Australia at Strathnairn Arts Association. She has had the opportunity to lead workshops, curate exhibitions, lecture and exhibit nationally and internationally and is continually inspired by the craft community.

Steve Théberge

Florence, Massachusetts. Steve makes stoneware intended for daily service on the table, shelf, or altar. He shows his work across the country and has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and and Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.From 1998-2000 he apprenticed to Mark Shapiro at Stonepool Pottery. Following a degree in Anthropology and years as an activist in New York City, he spent 2008-2013 training in Zen Buddhist monasteries in the United States and Japan. He was a Short Term Resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center and an Artist in Residence at STARWorks Ceramics in Star, North Carolina. He currently maintains a studio in Northampton, Massachusetts.  

Catherine White

Catherine White has lived and worked since 1988 in the rolling hills of Warrenton, Virginia, one hour west of Washington, DC. Her clay work is intertwined with a daily practice of drawing and painting. Work is fired in both an anagama and a gas fire kiln, often abstractly referring to the landscape through the use of raw materials that she collects and manipulates. She has had commissions for state gifts from President Obama and Michelle Obama. She is represented in both the Renwick and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian. White taught at Washington, DC's Corcoran College of Art + Design for many years. She has had yearly commissions from Omen-Azen since 1982, a Japanese restaurant in New York City, celebrating its fortieth birthday this year. White grew up in New York City, studied painting in Aix en Provence and has an MFA from Antioch University.

40th Anniversary Cover in grayscale, Vol. 40 No. 1, Winter 2011
The SP Advisory Council

Our advisors continue to be a vital resource for Studio Potter. They contribute to the journal, assist in major projects and fundraising, and offer their wisdom, advice, and guidance when called upon. We thank Paul S. BriggsLouise Allison Cort, Leslie Ferrin, Bill Griffith, Gary HatcherDavid McBethLeigh Taylor Mickelson, and Mark Shapiro for their continued service.