Pottery Alley Staff

Pottery Alley has a great staff with over 30 years combined pottery teaching experience. Each of our teachers has a unique style and teaching method. We love to teach all ages and skill levels, teaching students the basics and guiding them into creating their own artwork.


Susannah Craig - Studio Owner - susannah@potteryalley.com

Ben Handley - Studio Owner

Angie Fike - Studio Manager

angie@potteryalley.com

Susan Chiquelin - Wheel Instructor

Hi, I'm Susan Chiquelin; I sign my pottery with chick. It's a fun nickname to use and indicates how much fun I have creating pottery. Throwing pots is my passion and I try to pass the joy I feel when I sit at the wheel on to my students. Yes, they learn skills but if they aren't having fun I'm not doing my job. So come be a student and play in the mud with me. You'll learn wheel throwing skills and have a great time too!

Zach Gonsoulin - Handbuilding Instructor

Ryan Rowland - Instructor I graduated from McNeese State in 2014 with a degree in graphic design and ceramics. I focus mostly on making functional pottery that will serve its purpose and add beauty to the users life. When I am teaching I do my best to guid you as a student and help you develop your own artistic style and encourage you to grow as an artist. ryanrowland74@gmail.com

Ryan Rowland - Instructor

I graduated from McNeese State in 2014 with a degree in graphic design and ceramics. I focus mostly on making functional pottery that will serve its purpose and add beauty to the users life. When I am teaching I do my best to guid you as a student and help you develop your own artistic style and encourage you to grow as an artist.

ryanrowland74@gmail.com

Mark Vargo - Web Manager/Photographer

I graduated with my Bachelor's of Fine Art from the University of Illinois in 2010. Since then I have been working as a media director, freelance designer and fine artist. I am currently showing my work at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA and locally at Bread & Circus. Around the studio you will find me handbuilding strange spiky sculptures, making functional organically shaped dishware or trying out new glazes. I also keep the studio's website & social media running.

markvargo88@gmail.com