Use the links below to learn more about Hinckley Pottery's instructors.

Jill Hinckley


Ann Riley


Karen Bearman


Mike Pappas


Sabri Ben-Achour


Sam Gordon


Ann Riley

Ann Riley

After trying many forms of art, music and dance, Ann signed up for her first class at Hinckley Pottery in 1997. She has been hooked on pottery ever since. When being a regular student wasn’t enough, she joined the studio’s work-study program and soon signed on as a teaching assistant.

In the summer of 2008, Ann helped launch our Camp Mud as its first teacher. This pottery camp for kids 9 to 14 years old was a huge success in large part because of Ann’s patience, attention and enthusiasm. Each camper finished with an abundance of wheel-thrown pots. She followed up this summer, introducing the wheel to another excited group of Camp Mud kids.

During the school year, Ann works with kids in a class that meets on Sunday afternoons.  She also teaches the late Saturday afternoon class for adults and often subs for her fellow teachers.

Always eager to explore new ideas in pottery, Ann has taken many workshops with famous potters including Mark Shapiro and Randy Johnston.  Her current fascination is altered functional pottery.

When she’s not at the studio, you can find Ann in her home office where she works as a political strategist for environmental and other non-profits in the Washington area.