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Alexandra Cespedes Herrera

Alexandra’s connection with clay started in her hometown of Bogota, Colombia, fifteen years back with a year of ceramic classes. Later, her career took her toward industrial engineering. She has been working in architecture and construction ever since. 

Four years ago, she reconnected with clay as a hobby. Looking for a professional mentor dedicated to ceramics, she came across the Zakin Apprenticeship Program, run by Robbie Lobell, Studio Potter board member and co-president. She applied, was accepted, and relocated to Whidbey Island, Washington. The hobby has become a new career path, a new beginning for Alexandra as a studio potter.


Being an apprentice has humbled me in understanding again what is to be a beginner, what it feels like to not know everything, to make mistakes and to learn from them. I see the apprenticeship is teaching me lessons that are helping me become a better human being.