About Us

Linnell Hinchey, New Owner

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Linnell has been coming to the Clay Connection for over ten years to do mostly wheel throwing. When she found out that Kelly was selling the business, she saw an opportunity to preserve the supportive, creative environemnt the she so values. She could have created her own studio at home years ago, but realized there was no substitiute for the atmosphere and flow of energy at the Clay Connection. As a new owner she intends to expand the opportunities to get more potters and glass artists into the Clay Connection to become part of our community.

Matt Popp, Manager & Pottery Instructor

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Born and raised in Spokane his artistic side was encouraged by his father. His father was an artist whose passion was in clay, drawing and painting. His artistic outlet was in music. After high school, like most of us, his art took a back seat to the daily grind. 

In 2010 he was missing art and joined the Clay Connection Community, where he fell in love with the pottery wheel. Since then he has developed his own unique style both in hand building and wheel throwing. His class offers basic to intermediate skills in both hand building and wheel throwing. 

Sean Benson, Pottery Instructor

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  With over 20 years experience having his hands in clay, Sean Benson is an avid experimenter and curious about the visual language of the art we use in our daily lives. Sean allows freedom for individual expression, while at the same time being willing to show different ways of solving creative problems. In this class you will be able to choose your own adventure, pursuing either wheel or handbuilding, to develop your skills working with clay.

Peter Glarborg, Pottery Instructor

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Peter Glarborg first encountered the fascinating world of ceramics in 1976 in a college course. To his surprise, he received a couple of honorable mentions in an undergraduate exhibit. He took additional ceramics courses in 1985 during a brief return to academia, but his life experiences led him away from clay until 2009, when he built a raku kiln and started making pots again. His years away from clay were spent working in Spokane's broadcasting industry, and he is currently an afternoon host on Spokane Public Radio. Pete is mostly interested in functional ceramics - cups , bowls, and pots that people use - but he has also made many decorative pieces.

Ginger Oakes, Clay Handbuilding Sculpting Instructor

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  Ginger grew up in Oregon and Washington. She lived in New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, and California over 40 years. She loved all arts and music, but eventually discovered clay at the University of Oregon and has created ceramic sculpture ever since. Natural inspiration from where she lived near the sea, the mountains, and the high desert are often joined by human images or mystical creatures in the stories of her work. Her current work is on exhibit at : Tsuga Gallery, The New Moon Gallery, and The Clay Connection.

Ken Scott, Pottery Instructor

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Ken has been an artist of many mediums for several decades. His current creative outlet is seen in the elaborately carved wheel thrown pieces he has on display at The Clay Connection Gallery. After spending time in Southeast Asia, Ken drew inspiration from the architectural details he saw on Buddhist temples. Ken has also worked in stained glass and will be offering classes in that medium in our studio soon.

James McLeod, Sculpting Instructor

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James is a largely self-taught artist who always played with sculpting as a child with whatever medium was available, pipe cleaners, crayons, foil, basically anything that could be shaped and molded. He was first introduced to clay as a medium in grade school.  As a young adult, James started working in a gallery and studio for money and has just continued as an artist from there. In 2013 James started coming to the Clay Connection as a student and continued refining his craft. After a few years hiatus from us, to study and work at SFCC, James is now back as instructor.

Conrad Bagley, Fused Glass Instructor

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Conrad Bagley is simply a creative person.  He paints, does stained glass, lampworking, mosaics, sewing, welding, woodworking, and pottery.  Conrad has been a glass artist for 30 years.  He started doing art as therapy for children and has expanded into an all-round artist.  He was the owner of Cat Eye Art Gallery in Spokane for 15 years, produced Glass on the Grass and Turned, Thrown, Hammered, and Blown, and was part of First Night Art for all 17 years. Conrad is a delightful person who can spark the creativity in anyone.

Liz Boyes, Kids Class Instructor

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Liz Boyes grew up around clay.  Her mother was a production potter and Liz loved hanging out in the studio with her mom.  For as long as she can remember, Liz has been making things out of clay.  In high school she started an after school art club to have more time in a pottery studio and taught all her friends how to throw on the wheel.  After a too-long hiatus, Liz is back working with clay and teaching/encouraging our young students how to express their creativity.