Board of Directors

David McBeth
David McBeth, President

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. 

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.

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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.

Nancy Magnusson
Nancy Magnusson, Secretary

Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nancy discovered the joys and trials of ceramics after a career in information technology. Her second career as a studio potter includes working as studio manager, workshop organizer, ceramic arts project manager, pottery teacher, and mentor. She has taught at IS183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at the Alison Palmer Studio in Kent, Connecticut, and at Expressions in Granby, Connecticut.

Destiny M. Barletta
Destiny M. Barletta

Boston, Massachusetts. Destiny is Director of Exhibitions, Marketing, and Publications at Pucker Gallery and serves as the Gallery’s curator. She has been with the gallery since 2003 and was Secretary for the Boston Art Dealers Association from 2006 to 2013. She studied art history and politics at Mount Holyoke College and is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri. Destiny is committed to educational endeavors related to the ceramic arts and edits books and catalogues in conjunction with ceramics exhibitions.

Hayne Bayless
Hayne Bayless

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, Studio Potter magazine, and the Lark Books series.

Ben Eberle
Ben Eberle

Conway, Massachusetts. Ben received a BA in creative writing from Skidmore College and apprenticed for Toshiko Takaezu in Quakertown, New Jersey. Ben received his MFA from San Jose State University, then taught ceramics at Concord Academy, in Concord, Massachusetts, for six years. Ben is the studio and property manager at Snow Farm New England Craft Program and hopes to build a kiln at his home studio this year.

Hollis Engley
Hollis Engley

Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Hollis worked in journalism as a writer, photographer, and editor for more than twenty-five years. He began making pots in 1990 at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, and established Hatchville Pottery in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 2000. He joined Kimberly Jane Sheerin at The Barn Pottery in Pocasset, Massachusetts, in 2014, where they make individual and collaborative work.

Fred Herbst
Fred Herbst

Painted Post, New York. Fred is currently a professor of art at Corning Community College, where he developed a hybrid woodfire-glassblowing kiln in collaboration with artists from the Corning Museum of Glass. Fred received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and an MFA from the University of North Texas. Fred’s wood-fired ceramics have been exhibited nationally, and he has had several articles published in ceramics publications.

Robbie Lobell
Robbie Lobell

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.

Jon McMillan
Jon McMillan

Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jon is an assistant professor of ceramics 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.

Josh Teplitzky
Josh Teplitzky

Denver, Colorado. Josh earned his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  In 1996, Josh was an assistant to Jun Kaneko and earned his MS in art education in 1999 from CW Post Long Island University. Josh is currently a ceramics teacher at Smoky Hill High School in Denver. He credits his students, who ask questions and push him to take risks, for his success as an educator and artist.

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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 guidence when called upon. We thank Michael Boylen, Doug Casebeer, Neil Castaldo, Elizabeth CohenLouise Allison CortSteve DriverLeslie FerrinLynn GervensGary HatcherTiffany HiltonDoug JeppesenBrian R. JonesChris LyonsMark Shapiro, and Julia Walther for their continued service.