In this inaugural year, competition for the GAP grants was fierce. Twenty applications vied for five $10,000 grants. A committee of professionals assessed the applications through a rigorous scoring process. Congratulations to the following groups of mentor potters and their apprentices! Look for updates on their work throughout the year on our news page and on social media by following @thestudiopotter. Learn more about the GAP program here.
Apprentice: Devin O’Connor
Bakersville, North Carolina
Devin O’Connor will continue into her second year of apprenticeship at Bandana Pottery. She recently completed her BFA at the University of North Florida, immediately prior to beginning the apprenticeship in 2018. Follow Bandana Pottery @bandanapottery, and Devin @devinoco.
Apprentice: Samuel Deering
Samuel Deering is a Navy veteran and first experienced clay post-service while attending college on the GI Bill. In 2017 he met Kevin and began an apprenticeship at Tye River Pottery. Samuel holds an associate’s degree in fine arts and will soon complete an associate’s degree in business management. Follow him @spottedhorse_pottery.
Apprentice: Nuri On
Nuri On earned a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2017. He will begin his apprenticeship in August. Follow Steve @stevethebergeceramics, and Nuri @__nurio (that's two underscores before nurio).
Apprentices: Daniel Pfohl and Brian Chen
Simon Levin will be working with two apprentices, his current apprentice Brian Chen, and incoming apprentice, Daniel Pfohl. Brian earned a BA from Colorado College in Organismal Biology and Ecology in 2018, and began his apprenticeship in February. Daniel earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018, and will begin his apprenticeship in August of 2019. Follow Simon @woodfire, Brian @brianchenpottery, and Daniel @pfohlpottery.
Apprentice: Megan Deninno
Megan Deninno currently works as Studio Manager of New York Stoneware. Megan will move from New York City to Philadelphia to begin her apprenticeship in September. Her apprenticeship will include the development of a community outreach event based on her interest in bringing marginalized groups into the world of clay. Follow Ryan @ryanjgreenheck, and Megan @meganfrancis.d.