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2022 Grants for Apprenticeships Awardees

By SP Staff
Jul 1, 2022

Studio Potter is pleased to announce the 2022 Grants for Apprenticeships Awardees.

Established in 2019 and funded by an anonymous donor, Studio Potter’s Grants for Apprenticeships Program supports emerging artists who want to become full-time studio potters and mentor-potters who wish to take on apprentices. This grant program honors the mission of Studio Potter and the legacy of its founder, Gerry Williams, by fostering individual careers in studio pottery, contributing to the life and future of ceramics, ensuring the continuity of a centuries-old tradition in non-academic education. Each team of mentor and apprentice receive $10,000 to support a year long apprenticeship. 

Learn more about our Grants for Apprenticeships program here:

The 2022 Awardees are:

John R Hamilton III and apprentice Jill Campbell

Denver, CO

Learn more about these potters at, and on Instagram @jcampbellcreates

Birdie Boone and apprentice Osa Atoe

Meadowview, VA and Sarasota, FL

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Stuart Gair and apprentice Kaila Guilmet

Hudson, OH

Learn more about these potters at, and on Instagram @kaila.guilmet

Bryan Hopkins and apprentice Megan Whetstine

Buffalo, NY

Learn more about these potters at, and on Instagram @schmegma

Kyle Scott Lee and apprentice Camila Lim-Hing

Brooklyn, New York

Learn more about these potters at, and

Studio Potter is also excited to introduce the 2022 Grants for Apprenticeships Jurors!

Our panel of independent jurors, Justine Barrett Figura, Bill Jones, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, and Dwayne Sackey selected these five teams as GAP recipients. 

Justine Barrett Figura

Justine Barrett Figura received a BFA from Alfred University in 2010, and went on to a two-year apprenticeship with potters Donna Polseno and Richard Hensley. She moved to Western Massachusetts in 2013, and soon thereafter started a collaborative line of pottery alongside her husband, Grant Figura. Justine is a full-time potter, head designer and Jill-of-all-trades for their brand ⏤ Tandem Ceramics ⏤ which has been represented by dozens of galleries and boutiques around the US and Canada. Through Tandem Ceramics, she has created various internships, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities within the clay community over the years.

Bill Jones

Bill Jones is a potter and current long-term artist in residence at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. He grew up in Bucks County Pennsylvania and studied architecture at Lehigh University and the University of Michigan. In 2012, Bill moved to North Carolina to learn how to make pots, studying at Penland School of Craft and completing a 2 year formal apprenticeship with artist Daniel Johnston. Before moving to Montana in 2021, Bill ran his own studio in Greensboro, NC, worked as a production artist at StarWorks Center in Star, NC and taught pottery at Rockingham County Community College in Wentworth, NC.

Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Malcolm Mobutu Smith is an associate professor of ceramic art and director of graduate studies in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University where he received his BFA in ceramics in 1994. Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lectures and residencies. His works are represented by the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia and are also held in numerous private and public collections including  New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and Indiana State Museum.

Dwayne Sackey

Dwayne Sackey earned his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2019. Merit-based scholarships supported him: the Gregori Jakovina & Larry McDonald Scholarship, the Ellice T. Johnston Scholarship, and the OCAC Community College Scholarship. In 2019 Sackey showed at the Multnomah County Justice Center & in 2021 he showed at the governor’s mansion. Sackey is a recipient of the 2021 Studio Potter Grants for Apprenticeship Program alongside his mentor Chris Baskin. 

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