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


Karen Bearman

Karen Bearman

Enticed by a potter on a kickwheel at a Waterford VA fair, Karen began pottery lessons with Jill Hinckley in Washington, DC, in the early 70s, apprenticing at the studio shortly thereafter.

Over these past many years Karen has worked full time as a studio potter, participating in workshops, craft shows and fairs, and as a ceramics teacher, instructing children and adults in independent schools and private studios (Maret School, Flint Hill School, and the Fillmore Arts Center). She has exhibited her work at shows and galleries in the DC area. In addition to pottery, she has worked in stone and watercolor while studying at the Corcoran College of Art.

Enticed again, this time by the prospects of marriage to a lifelong friend and a move to the Eastern Shore, Karen now lives in Cambridge, MD, with her partner, one dog, two cats, and a small fleet of boats. Karen makes a weekly trip from the Shore to teach the two Monday evenings classes at Hinckley Pottery and also teaches at the Dorchester Arts Center in Cambridge.

Karen creates wheel-thrown, functional pieces in stoneware and porcelain using two very different firing methods: cone 10 reduction and low-fire raku.  Achieving a pleasing form and surface is the motivation for her work.  Karen finds special pleasure in creating pieces to enhance the daily activities of people's lives, and in facilitating students' relationship with this responsive medium.