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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 20+ years professional experience in arts administration and program management and 13 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.

Zoe Harrington
Zoe (she/her) is a Portland based ceramic artist working as creator and teacher. Originally from Minneapolis, she began working with clay at a young age and quickly decided she had found her passion. She has taught wheel throwing for youth and adults and shares her skills and experience with the SJCC clay community as an instructor and studio technician.

Brentwood Reid


Brentwood studied sculpture and 3D design at the university of North Alabama and apprenticed with studio potter Paul Dungan in Homer, Alaska before he decided a potter's life was "too settled". He left pottery for a career as a wildland firefighter and to travel the world. He is now resettled in Portland and has been a part of the SJCC community since 2021. 

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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.

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