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.

Destiny M. Barletta
Destiny M. Barletta, Secretary

Wayland, Massachusetts. Destiny is an arts career advisor at Wellesley College, where she works with students, alumnae, and faculty to create a robust and holistic career education model for the liberal arts. She was Director of Exhibitions, Marketing, and Publications at Pucker Gallery from 2003 to 2017 and was Secretary for the Boston Art Dealers Association from 2005 to 2013. She studied art history and politics at Mount Holyoke College and is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri. Destiny is committed to educational and experiential endeavors related to the ceramic arts.

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.

David McBeth
David McBeth

Martin, Tennessee. David splits his time between teaching at the University of Tennessee at Martin and working in his studio in downeast Maine. David makes stoneware and porcelain utilitarian wares. McBeth holds an MA and an MFA in ceramics from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. In his spare time David enjoys knitting, spending time with his wife, grown children, and lovely granddaughter. 

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.

Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts

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.

Catherine White courtesy of Lucy Fagella Pottery
Catherine White

Warrenton, Virginia. Catherine White has been based in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States since 1979. The year prior, she studied at the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix en Provence, France. She focuses on creating both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. White has taught ceramics since 1982, and currently teaches at Corcoran College of Art + Design, in Washington, DC. and at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Her work is in the Renwick Gallery and Freer-Sackler Gallery of Asian Art collections, and in the homes of lovers and users of functional pottery across the United States. 

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 Louise Allison CortLeslie FerrinGary HatcherTiffany Hilton, Adam Field, LeighTaylor Mickelson, and Mark Shapiro for their continued service.