Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farmington, Georgia. Originally trained as a carpenter, Mathew comes from a long line of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. After earning a business degree and working for ten years as an accountant, a chance encounter with a handmade pot in a friend's kitchen led him to the pottery studio and back to the familiarity and satisfaction of working with his hands. Mathew spent three years working as apprentice to wood-firing potter Mark Shapiro in western Massachusetts and one year as an artist-in-residence at the Kansas City Clay Guild before establishing his own studio.
Brooklyn, New York. Beryl is dedicated to raising his family and his dual passions for social justice work and ceramic arts. He obtained his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law Newark then clerked for the New Jersey Appellate Court. Beryl then joined the Office of the Public Defender, Parental Representation Unit, where he fights for low income parents in Appellate Court who have had their rights to their children permanently terminated by the State. There he has been able to advocate for and give a voice to individuals who have faced injustice in our legal, child welfare, and criminal justice systems, while shaping the law to promote equality and wellbeing for families. Beryl found a balance to his legal career in ceramic arts later in life. He has studied under several New York artists and has developed a style where forms are influenced by centuries old Eastern style pottery and decorated in his unique style that depicts characteristics of midcentury abstract art, NYC graffiti and tattoo art, and dream state imagery.
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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chotsani Elaine Dean is an artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Minnesota. She received her BFA in ceramics from Hartford Art School and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been in residence at the John Michael Kohler Artist Residency, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar grant. Dean was the inaugural MJ DO Good resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, held the position of studio manager at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut, and is the recipient of a Connecticut Arts Grant. She has lectured and exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has taught at institutions including Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, and Hartford Art School.
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).
Detroit, Michigan. Khalil Jannah is a full-time studio potter, published writer, and public speaker. He received his bachelor's in sociology with a concentration in ceramics at Bates College in Lewiston Maine. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Khalil moved to Atlanta, GA at the age of 9. He attended a Quaker boarding school, George School, in Newton, PA. Since then, he’s lived in Vermont, New Mexico, San Diego, and now, Detroit. During Covid-19 Khalil went out west to San Diego, where he was the Director of Operations at Josh Herman Ceramics. He’s acted as Lead Studio Technician at several studios and has worked on high-scale ceramic projects such as the newly built restaurant, Paradisaea, in La Jolla, California. Khalil will apprentice in Taku, Japan this coming year. He also has a vibrant exhibition history, and has given ceramic workshops, and public talks. Additionally, he’s received a number of grants in the art field. He currently teaches ceramic courses out of Sugar Hill Pottery in Detroit, MI as he awaits his departure.
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.
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.
Leigh Taylor Mickelson, a resident of Ossining, NY, is an artist and independent consultant with 24 years of experience in nonprofit arts management and program development. She acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English Literature from Hamilton College and a Masters in Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts, starting her career in arts administration in 1997 in Baltimore, MD. In 2019 she launched her consulting business, LTM Arts Consulting, LLC, focused on helping arts and culture organizations increase their impact and vibrancy in their communities.
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. Briggs, Louise Allison Cort, Leslie Ferrin, Bill Griffith, Gary Hatcher, David McBeth, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, and Mark Shapiro for their continued service.