Our Staff and Teachers
Ginger is a self-taught potter with a love for the community. She combined her love of Hand building, with its endless journey of discovery, with teaching and voila 'Hintonburg Pottery'! Ginger loves sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Her long-time dream was to one day create a space where others could come together in a community-like setting to explore their own creativity. She is now teaching and running earthen vessels clay studio in the same building where she took her very first pottery class over 30 years ago!
Steffi Acevedo loves exploring and teaching both kids and adult classes. Steffi is a Fine Arts graduate of Concordia University. She has extensive training and experience in clay and her favourite is handbuilding. She enjoys the versatility of the material and the relationship created through its process. Come and see the many pieces she guides her students to make!
Carol is an Ottawa potter working with clay for over 18 years. Nursing and counseling brought her to clay for her own nurturing. She was hooked and continued building and strengthening her skill set at Lambton College in Sarnia Ontario. She believes that a solid foundation in basic techniques is a must in order to develop artistically in the ceramic arts. Her dry sense of humour and skillful techniques makes her a valued teacher at Hintonburg Pottery.
Jen Drysdale - I have been fascinated by clay and it's endless possibilities since I stepped into my first Pottery class in 1991. Taking classes and going to as many workshops as possible gave me the tools that were necessary to set up my first home studio in 2000. I am currently living in Carp Ontario where I divide my time between creating functional Pottery in my studio, and the Earthen Vessels Clay Studio.
Maria is a ceramic graduate of the University of Arts and Design in Cluj Napoca. I was attracted to three-dimensional art. As a painter, I could still use colour working with clay. Painting and ceramic art are part of my life journey. I enjoy painting children's illustrations - A fantastic world which captures my imagination and creativity!
'For me, creating art is a journey. I am inspired by landscapes, objects or living creatures. As I start to work with them a transformation of what I see comes through my pieces.'
Emily is a functional potter with a strong foundation in wheel-thrown pieces and a growing taste for the freedom offered by handbuilding, marked by a healthy respect for both technical skill and happy accident. I’m interested in that creative space where control butts up against chaos, where letting go becomes just as important as holding on. Delight in getting really, truly dirty. Finding community and purpose. Throwing big. Throwing bigger. Putting a good pot to use. These are some of the joys that clay has brought me. I try, in turn, to bring that joy and energy to my classes and to the pieces I create.
Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau - A recipient of the Ontario Crafts Council‘s “John Mather Award” for her contribution to craft in Ontario, has taught potters at all levels for 43 years. Her art practice includes functional wheel-thrown ware, tile design and fabrication, architectural installations, and public art for the City of Ottawa. She has served as a director on the Boards of Fusion, The Ottawa Guild of Potters, and The New Art Festival. Her work can be seen in several of the ‘500’ series of Lark Books.
Katherine King is a graduate of Sheridan College in Toronto. Katherine is Hintonburg Pottery's Lead technician with a strong foundation in all things 'kiln'! She enjoys teaching wheel classes and hand-building too! Katherine's skilful knowledge and devoted practises are an inspiration to all of us here in the studio. It is a magical experience to watch her throw pots on the wheel. Her gentle, skilful and calming expertise is well received with all of our students ranging from beginner to intermediate!
Suzanne Denney has been a potter for 25 years. During most of that time, she worked as an educator in the Ottawa region. Since retiring in 2015, she has more time to devote to her art. Suzanne is enthralled by the plasticity of clay and its completed form when fired. She enjoys combining Handbuilding and Throwing methods. Her love of teaching didn’t stop when she retired! She loves teaching and sharing her passion about clay with others. “Be careful, it’s addictive” she warns pottery students!
Evelyn is a graduate of York and Brock University. Evelyn's love for functional, renewable art brought her into the realm of pottery in 2014. One pottery class turned into two (then three, then four...) the addiction was sparked. In 2018 Evelyn left the world of cubicle land to pursue her journey in clay.
Evelyn hopes her passion and joy for the craft is contagious for her students and sparks curiosity for creativity.
Evelyn B. Leon (Thain)
Diane Black is a Kingston artist who loves bringing characters to life in clay! She began in the field of book illustration and the telling of stories remains a central theme in her figurative clay sculpture. She also enjoys drawing on hand built functional pieces, believing that art should be experienced in the things we use everyday. You can find some of Diane's handbuilt pieces for sale at the Hintonburg Pottery Shop.
Hannah Dykes is a teacher and one of our many amazing technicians at our studio. She is predominantly a wheel thrower and embraces the joys of handbuilding as well.
You can find her teaching our Kids Programs, Camps, Handbuilding Workshops and Spin-the-Wheel nights. As an instructor, she encourages her students to explore their ideas, embrace their pottery pieces imperfections, play with glazes and get muddy!
Christine Chesser brings a wealth of teaching knowledge and experience to Hintonburg Pottery’s earthen vessels clay studio. She teaches Beginner, Beginner 2 and our Intermediate Wheel classes. Her thoughtfully crafted functional and whimsical pieces reflect her love of nature, music and mid - century modern design. In her classes she inspires her students to create pottery with textures and colours they can be proud of.