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SFPN 26th Juror: Ben Carter

  • 25th, 2017, Linda Sikora
  • 24th 2016, Simon Leach
  • 23rd, 2015, Matt Long
  • 22nd, 2014, Christa Assad
  • 21st, 2013, Jim Connell
  • 20th, 2012, Jack Troy
  • 19th, 2011, Mary Barringer
  • 18th, 2010, Bill van Gilder
  • 17th, 2009, Pete Pinnell
  • 16th, 2008, Linda Arbuckle
  • 15th, 2007, Malcolm Davis
  • 14th, 2006, Tom Coleman
  • 13th, 2005, John Glick
  • 12th, 2004, Susan Peterson
  • 11th, 2003 Wayne Higby
  • 10th, 2002, Jack Troy
  • 9th, 2001, Linda Christianson
  • 8th, 2000, Ken Ferguson
  • 7th, 1999, Warren MacKenzie
  • 6th, 1998, Cynthia Bringle
  • 5th, 1997, Val Cushing
  • 4th, 1996, Phyllis Blair Clark
  • 3rd, 1995, Chris Staley
  • 2nd, 1994, Bill Daley
  • 1st, 1993, Jack Troy
Juror Hall of Fame
portrait by Robert Schlatter
photo by Tom Story
Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark.

From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, and was recently named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. To view an online portfolio of his functional pottery please visit