Sidney Lake


Sidney has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Ceramics Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology: School for American Craft.


She founded St. Johns Clay Collective in 2016 and has her own ceramic design business; Rock Bottom Pottery LLC,  She continues to teach and evolve her businesses of helping everyone experience working with clay.

Berdine Jordan 

Graduated from University of California Humboldt with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art & Sculpture.  She has 17 years professional experience in public art administration and program management and 10 years experience in facilitating and teaching art in community education programs.

She is an instructor and program coordinator for St. Johns Clay Collective 

Jared Jaffe


Graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Ceramics in 1991.  Received a MFA in Ceramics from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005.  Jared has taught ceramics, glass, 3D design and drawing at; Front Range Community College in Colorado, Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Moorestown High School in New Jersey and at Keystone College in PA.  He currently teaches ceramics for Central Valley Catholic School, and here at St. Johns Clay.

Danielle Mulvihill


Danielle has a BFA in studio art and an MAT in Art Ed from Lewis & Clark. She worked as the ceramic studio manager at the Art of Living Retreat Center before moving to Oregon. Danielle strongly believes in community-based arts programs and the positive impact they can have in a person’s life. She works full time as ceramics instructor for a local High School.

SJCC is fortunate to have her as a key mentor in our clay community!

Ken Pincus

Earned BA Degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, studied pottery for 4 years in the Tajimi region, Gifu Prefecture as apprentice to Yoshihiko Yoshida.

Established Pincus Pottery Studio in Aloha, OR. Built Skyline Kiln (Palmquist design/construction), a single-chamber wood-fire kiln designed to high-fire in about 36 hours. Skyline Kiln is fired 2 to 3 times per year.  Ken is sharing his experience with the studio as technician and teaching assistant.


Maria Conlon


Maria is a graduate from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Ceramics. She moved to Portland to find more opportunities for art, and adventure. She considers herself a nature artist, and finds inspiration in wildlife, ecology, and landscapes.

Maria is excited to be at SJCC to spread the joy of ceramics to the community.

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Liz Smith

Liz is a master of all things social media.

She is talented in a dozen different creative pursuits including baking, singing, writing, photography, culinary arts, animal rescue, and art.  She shares her community advocacy talents with us as our marketing and outreach coordinator. She brings to our community a sophistication and savvy that we couldn't find anywhere else.

If you don't see her at the studio, it's because she is out and about promoting the St.Johns neighborhood.