Staff

At The Craft, our mission is to help you make something of your own...while having the best time ever! Our staff is filled with creative-minded people who have spent lots of time nurturing their love of the arts in order to help you out. 

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Jess Kirke

Studio Owner

Jess has worked within pottery studios for nine years, establishing The Craft Pottery (TCP) herself in 2014. She has a BA in Public Relations and a MEd in Children's Literature, and her artistic passion - besides pottery of course! - lies in interior decoration. She's constantly on the look-out for new trends to bring to The Craft Pottery Studio as well as its sister studio TCP which offers pottery painting. Jess typically spends more time in the office than working with pots these days though. Her key focus? Ensuring the studio runs without a hitch and the staff continue to flourish!

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Nadia Jones

Studio Manager & Wheel course tutor

Nadia is our Studio Manager and resident wheel course tutor here at The Craft, and has been with us since 2019. She's helped the studio grow so that we are able to accommodate budding, young potters. She found pottery in 2014 whilst studying Fine Art BA at GSA and has been making her own work since, which is influenced by minimalism and traditional Japanese techniques. Her interest in teaching sparked whilst helping newcomers that joined the community studio - being able to see their confidence and skills grow with just a few good tips. If there's anyone who will convince you to drop your day job for a pottery shed in your garden, it's Nadia!

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Stephanie McGowan

Hand-Building Tutor & Supervisor

Stephanie is our resident hand-building tutor. She started working with clay whilst studying at art school and her passion for teaching was ignited when working as a ceramics tutor with Camp America. Her playful and contemporary ceramics style is influenced by traditional hand-building techniques including pinching, slab construction and coiling. She finds the processes involved with making ceramics deeply satisfying and feels so lucky to be working with her hands, using age-old techniques, in this technologically advanced world. It's what keeps her sane!

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Brandon Peña

Weekend Wheel Tutor & Studio Assistant

Originally from Utah, USA Brandon Peña is a functional potter with over 15 years of experience working with clay. He first discovered his passion for pottery after taking a ceramics class in high school where he fell in love with working on the potter's wheel. Brandon later continued his studies in ceramics at university level, receiving a BFA from Utah State University in 2016. Since then he has continued to work with clay both as a maker and an educator. Prior to moving to Scotland, Brandon worked full time as a high school ceramics teacher. Brandon’s work is inspired by textures and surfaces found in urban environments. When he is not in the studio teaching and making pots, he can often be found skateboarding around Glasgow.

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Jenni Arthur

Wheel Taster Tutor & Studio Assistant

Jenni joined the studio in November 2021 as a studio assistant and has recently began teaching taster wheel sessions. Her love of pottery began 2 years ago when she attended a taster session and became immediately obsessed with it. She loves the satisfaction of taking a clump of clay and making something beautiful with it. Jenni is a big people person who loves connecting with customers and sharing her love of pottery with them.