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Randi O'Brien

Editor  2022 - current

Randi O'Brien is a ceramic artist, historian, writer, and educator. O'Brien's degrees include an MFA in Ceramics and an MA in art history from the University of Montana, a BFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, and a BA with K-12 teaching licensure from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. O'Brien is currently the associate professor of ceramics for Montana State University in Billings.

Richard Nickel

Studio Potter Cartoonist

Richard Nickel is an artist, educator, and writer who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has been published in several books on contemporary ceramics and in art journals. As a designer, Nickel has created posters for Crafted Indie Arts and Crafts Market, a cover illustration for Studio Potter, ceramic awards for Skutt Kilns, illustrations for Alt Daily, and animations for WHRO HealthBeat. As a ceramic sculptor, he has pieces in numerous private collections. Nickel has designed and painted murals in Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Norfolk, Virginia; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 2020 he began creating quarterly cartoons for Studio Potter as a regular feature. See his offerings in the archives.

Vicki Jimpson-Fludd

Execuitive Director Emerita

Vicki, a  former professional management consultant with an MBA background from Harvard and Wharton, has years of experience providing strategic and operational guidance to arts and culture non-profits, like Studio Potter.  A history buff,  Vicki enjoys travelling In Europe, where she lived and worked for a number of years; and researching the Dutch and African-American colonial history of the Hudson Valley (NY).  

Jessica Detweiler
Jessica Detweiler

Execuitive Director Emerita

Jessica is passionate about pottery, people, and serving Studio Potter. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University. When not working for SP, Jessica makes functional pottery and raises chickens on her 15-acre farm in Massachusetts. 

Jill Foote-Hutton

Editor Emerita 2020 – 2022

Born and raised by the descendants of hillbillies, Jill Foote-Hutton is an artist following in the tradition of medicine woman and storyteller through her creative practice dubbed Whistlepig Studio. Jill has earned a living as a teacher, curator, writer, artist, and arts administrator since 2003. She has been graced with the opportunity to travel to Greece, Denmark, China, Japan, and glorious locales within the United States in the name of contemporary craft. 

Jill was the Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling at Northern Clay Center, where she managed fellowships, grants, and artist residencies. She was Curator of Exhibitions at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, from 2010 to 2014. She was Gallery Director and lead faculty for seven years at East Central College in Union, Missouri. She earned an MFA at the University of Mississippi in 2003, and a BFA at Webster University in 1994.

Elenor Wilson, Editor
Elenor Wilson

Editor Emerita 2013 - 2019

Elenor is a potter and sculptor, exhibiting nationally and internationally. She was an assistant of John Glick and has been a resident artist at the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, and the Arctic Clay Center, Posio, Finland. She holds a BFA from Southeast Missouri State University and an MFA from State University of New York at New Paltz.

Mary Barringer
Mary Barringer

Editor Emerita

Mary has been an independent studio artist since 1973, making both functional pottery and sculpture. She has exhibited internationally and taught at universities and craft centers across the country. She was the editor of Studio Potter from 2004 to 2014. 

Gerry Williams
Gerry Williams


Gerry was the founding director and first editor of Studio Potter. His wife, Julie, was its founding business manager. Together, they traveled, interviewed, wrote, and lectured about issues concerning potters throughout the United States and abroad. Read more about them and the history of SP here

“Gerry worked in ever-widening rings to promote humanist values and a generous vision of the ways that pottery could be a bridge between people and cultures.” —Mary Barringer