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


Sam Gordon

Sam Gordon

A relative newcomer to the DC area having arrived here 10 years ago, Sam Gordon worked in a variety of jobs before finding pottery, including merchandising the gift shops at the Kennedy Center and restoring windows for the Craftsmen Group.

In 2005 she and a friend bought a fixer-upper in Hyattsville to repair and renovate for resale. After a year and a half of work, the floor no longer lists at a 20° angle and the new roof and insulation actually keep out the cold.

Sam took her first pottery class at Hinckley Pottery in 2003 and quickly fell in love with the blending of form and function. She joined our work-study program, and shortly thereafter began her teaching apprenticeship with Jill Hinckley. Not long after she assumed the job of studio manager.

A quick study and able potter, she subbed for Jill early on, earned rave reviews from many long-time students, and soon began teaching her own classes. She is the instructor for the Tuesday late evening class and the two Thursday evening classes. She also conducts our raku workshops.

Sam explored many different visual art forms knowing that art would play a large role in her life, causing her mother to worry about Sam's financial security. That changed when her mother got her first look at Sam’s pottery. “You could make a living at this,” she said. Pottery has put both their minds at ease.