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The Clay Connection LLC

714 E Sprague Ave

Spokane, Washington 99202

(509) 747-6171


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Starting January 22 we will be closed on Sundays and Mondays!!

Tuesday - Thursday 10 to 6pm

Friday - Saturday 10 to 5pm

Upcoming Events

Want to see what we have planned?  Check out our classes and events page!

The Connection Staff!!

Linnell Hinchey is the new owner.  She has been coming to the Clay Connection for over ten years to do mostly wheel throwing.  When she found out that Kelly was selling the business, she saw an opportunity to preserve the supportive, creative environemnt the she so values.  She could have created her own studio at home years ago, but realized there was no substitiute for the atmosphere and flow of energy at the Clay Connection.  As a new owner she intends to expand the opportunities to get more potters and glass artists into the Clay Connection to become part of our community.

Matt Popp, Manager, Pottery Instructor

Born and raised in Spokane his artistic side was encouraged by his father.  His father was an artist whose passion was in clay, drawing and painting.  His artistic outlet was in music.  After high school, like most of us, his art took a back seat to the daily grind. 

In 2010 he was missing art and joined the Clay Connection Community, where he fell in love with the pottery wheel.  Since then he has developed his own unique style both in hand building and wheel throwing. 

His class offers basic to intermediate skills in both hand building and wheel throwing. 


Sean Benson, Pottery Instructor


With over 20 years experience having his hands in clay, Sean Benson is an avid experimenter and curious about the visual language of the art we use in our daily lives. Sean allows freedom for individual expression, while at the same time being willing to show different ways of solving creative problems. In this class you will be able to choose your own adventure, pursuing either wheel or handbuilding, to develop your skills working with clay.

Peter Glarborg, Pottery Instructor


Peter Glarborg first encountered the fascinating world of ceramics in 1976 in a college course. To his surprise, he received a couple of honorable mentions in an undergraduate exhibit. He took additional ceramics courses in 1985 during a brief return to academia, but his life experiences led him away from clay until 2009, when he built a raku kiln and started making pots again. His years away from clay were spent working in Spokane's broadcasting industry, and he is currently an afternoon host on Spokane Public Radio.
Pete is mostly interested in functional ceramics - cups, bowls and pots that people use - but he has also made many decorative pieces.


Savanna Shafer, Pottery Instructor


I love animals, plants, nature, and pretty much all living things. I find so much beauty in the natural world and that is definitely where I get a lot of my inspiration in my art. I enjoy making large sculptural pieces of animals.

I love and enjoy all mediums of art. I've dabbled in pretty much every thing, I even do special effects makeup! Ceramics and painting are specifically my favorite mediums.

I officially started ceramics in 2015. I had always played with clay from my creek growing up, hand building and making pinch pots. But as soon as I got on the wheel I really fell in love. I took ceramics every quarter for the next year and then when I couldn't take the class any more I started working in the school studio.

I am also currently attending Spokane Falls Community College as a science transfer student. I plan to transfer to a 4 year university and get my bachelors in Biology. Then I plan to become a wild life biologist and will obtain my masters and eventually my PhD. I love working with animals and hope to one day work in conservation.

I recently started working at an animal hospital, I am a vegetarian, and I also have a cat named Peanut Butter and he is my baby.

Other interests I have are video games, graphic novels, swimming, hiking, and exploring the world!

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