About Us

Linnell Hinchey, New Owner

Linnell Hinchey - The Clay Connection Owner


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


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


  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


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.

Ken Scott, Pottery Instructor


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.

Katelyn Burdette , Sculpting Instructor


 Katelyn Burdette went to Humboldt State University majoring in Art Education with a minor in Ceramics. Katelyn specializes is sculpting and hand building, creating whimsical creatures with delightfully human expressions. Katelyn strives to foster and inspire an environment conducive to allowing people to realize their full artistic potential. Katelyn came to us almost accidentally, when she was in the area looking for a job. We are very excited to be able to add her to our clay family.  She will be teaching the techniques of hand-building including slab work, coil construction, pinch pots, and solid shaping with hollowing out to show her students how they can achieve their own desired results. 

Conrad Bagley, Fused Glass Instructor



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



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.