"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them

like an artist..." 

-Pablo Picasso 



Clay Coordinator - (she/her)


Born and raised in San Francisco, Eleanor enjoys many art mediums: sketching, weaving, spinning, quilting, embroidery, and painting among them. Inspired by the many talented artists of CBTB, she is exploring ways to express what she sees.


Eleanor enjoys supporting the creative community at Clay By The Bay. She has traveled through much of Europe and loves vividly-colored Italian and Portuguese Pottery and Tiles. Having taken many art classes in school, and a with classics degree from UCLA, she tries to decorate with an Italian aesthetic and script using underglazes. She is quite proud of the sundial she created for her garden which has the correct sun angles calculated for our latitude. 





Grace Corbitt 

Studio Manager - (she/her)


Grace was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She took her first ceramics class in high school and has been in love with the medium ever since. Grace graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Studio Art/Art History, where she concentrated in ceramics. She focuses mostly on utilitarian forms, thrown and hand built, while also adding sculptural elements to her pieces. The simplicity and functionality of her work encourage everyday use. 


Julia Rinklin 

Studio Manager - (she/her)


Julia Rinklin was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey where her alternative primary  schooling helped cultivate her life-long admiration for the art. Julia began doing ceramics about 5 years ago while attending Santa Barbara City College, where she received a degree in Literature.  In 2020 Julia graduated from San Francisco State University with a Fine Arts degree with a dual concentration in Ceramics and Art History. Her current work is mainly focused on functional, thrown and altered forms that explore line and surface interaction. 


Her other passion lies in connecting communities through clay. She adores teaching and hopes to encourage students to develop a deep relationship with clay and a passion for ceramics through her multifaceted teaching approach. 




Shelly Simon 

Instructor - (she/her)



Shelley started throwing pots in high school and then continued her ceramic education at the University of California Santa Cruz. Taking workshops with many great ceramic Masters has continued to inspire her pottery. She has always loved being a part of a ceramic community.

Having the opportunity to teach at Clay by the Bay has given her great joy, watching her students develop their skills while falling in love with Clay.




Ian Bassett 

Instructor & Staff/Member Mentor - (he/him)



Ian Basset is visual artist and potter living in the East Bay. He was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Connecticut on the Long Island Sound. He received his BFA in Ceramics from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a Post Baccalaureate in ceramics from Hood College and his MFA in ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts. He has worked at taught at Diablo Valley College, was the Studio Technician at Art Academy University and the Ceramics Studio Manager at Ox Bow School of Art and Artist Residencies and.  He has pursued a career in education and the arts and currently is an Adjunct Professor at Los Medanos College and teaches at Clay By the Bay.





Scott Jennings 

Instructor - (he/him)



Scott Jennings is a Bay Area artist who has been working with clay for over 20 years. He has many years of teaching experience at the community college level as well as at private and public studios. Scott has worked as a ceramic lab technician and was the Dinnerware Production Manager at Heath ceramics.  



Lindsay Langsdale  

Instructor - (she/her)



Lindsay Langsdale was born in Texas and spent much of her childhood and adult years traveling and moving across the country with her military family. Lindsay first began taking clay classes at City College, then found Clay By The Bay, began taking classes, then joined our Membership program. She totally wowed the staff here and was hired to assist and teach classes in 2016. Lindsay has been working in clay for six years.  Lindsay’s whimsical and highly textured work is inspired by her childhood spending time with her grandmother in central Pennsylvania learning how to crochet and garden. 


Todd Pletcher

Instructor - (he/him)



Todd Pletcher was born and raised in Goshen, IN. He majored in Ceramics at Goshen College while simultaneously working at Dick Lehman Pottery. In 2010 Todd began teaching at the University of St. Francis and working as a studio potter.  After a few years of teaching Todd transitioned into becoming a full-time studio artist in 2012.  Todd has exhibited nationally in places such as Shaller Gallery, Companion Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, etc.  He was honored as one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists of 2015.





Didem Mert

Instructor - (she/they)



Didem was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She received her BFA (ceramics) from Northern Kentucky University in 2014 and her MFA (ceramics) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Mert has exhibited nationally in places such as The Clay Studio, Companion Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, AKAR, The Erie Art Museum, and over forty other venues.  Her work was published in Ceramics Monthly’s 2014 Undergraduate Showcase. She was awarded a first prize grant through the Three Arts Foundation in 2014. She was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/February 2016 issue. Didem was included on C File’s list of 15 Potters to Watch in 2016. She was also featured on Architectural Digest’s 10 Ceramic Artists Giving Pottery A Modern Update. Mert led a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts during the summer of 2017.  She was honored as one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists of 2018.  Mert was a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2018.


Conrad Ng

Production Technician & Teacher - (he/him)



Conrad is currently in the role of Lead Production Technician at Clay By The Bay. While in college, he studied clay and obtained his BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. After the recession in 2009, he lost his job up north and returned home to San Francisco. Soon after returning to the city, he discovered Clay By The Bay and volunteered in exchange for studio time. After working in security and not finding much joy in it, he joined the CBTB team full time as a Production Assistant. Recently, Conrad has taken to teaching CBTB Courses and enjoys it immensely.


He is grateful for this opportunity because he gets to help create and provide a safe haven that nurtures creativity, allowing our students and members grow professionally, artistically, and spiritually