Born in Massachusetts and raised in Indiana, Colin learned to throw pottery at summer camp in Central Vermont when he was 9. He grew his passion for ceramics in college at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2012 Colin moved to Vermont and has been making pottery at the Shelburne Craft School since 2017. He lives in South Burlington with his wife and their 2 cats.
Rik joined the Shelburne Craft School community in 2004, studying with Loreta Lanquet and Hoyt Berringer. In 2006, he started teaching kids clay classes at Burlington City Arts and became a studio assistant at the Shelburne Craft School. He is now the Craft School’s ceramics studio manager, teaches kids clay on the wheel, adult classes and is the community outreach instructor. He manages the open-studio schedule, studio monitors, kiln fires, and oversees equipment maintenance and supply ordering.