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


Mike Pappas

Mike Pappas

Michael Pappas has spent his life exploring ways to express himself creatively, from drawing and painting to lost wax casting, to airbrush and carving in stone and wood. He even carved a 20-foot high totem pole using a chainsaw.

A few years ago, Mike was searching the web for raku classes and the first listing he saw was Hinckley Pottery. After visiting the studio he knew he was hooked, and has been studying and apprenticing intensively with Jill Hinckley ever since.

In order to slake his seemingly unquenchable thirst to learn everything he can about ceramic art, he spends much of his free time working in the studio, stacking kilns, preparing clay and learning about glazes. He teaches the two Friday evening classes and the Sunday morning class.

In “real life,” Mike is an organic farmer who grows specialty produce for local restaurants (and for Hinckley Pottery students!). He lives in Lanham, Maryland, and is uncle to 28 nieces and nephews.