Kari Palazzari, Executive Director
Kari brings extensive experience in nonprofit management and leadership consulting to her role as Executive Director. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2006, she earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She served as Board Treasurer of Studio Arts Boulder for nearly two years, helping transition the Pottery Lab from a city-run program to an independent non-profit organization. Earlier in her career, Kari launched both nonprofit and for-profit start-ups and also worked in marketing communications and project management. Kari is primarily responsible for the growth & expansion of the organization, including the capital campaign and construction process. As Executive Director she also manages the nonprofit support functions of the organization - finance, marketing, and fundraising - and reports to the Board of Directors.
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Aaron Winston, Pottery Lab Director
Aaron earned a master's degree in printmaking from the University of New Mexico where he also began to practice a Japanese tradition of throwing porcelain. At the end of his studies, he was invited for a short but life changing stay with Living National Treasure, Inoue Manji, in Japan. Aaron moved to San Diego where he worked with Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail Design creating unique service pieces in porcelain and with Kouta Shimazaki at the San Diego Ceramic Connection, operating a community studio. In 2006, he came to Colorado and started working at the Boulder Pottery Lab and in 2015 he became the Director. As Pottery Lab Director, Aaron oversees programs and partnerships of the organization as well as major facilities decisions. He manages the program staff - instructors and teaching assistants - and is responsible for fulfilling the artistic mission of the organization. Aaron reports to the Board of Directors.
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Colleen McCarthy, Operations Manager
Colleen graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure services. She moved to Boulder in 1989, where she and her husband have raised their two sons. Once her sons started high school, she began taking pottery classes at the Lab in January 2008. She became a volunteer assistant for the adult and teen classes and started working part-time at the lab in the summer of 2011; firing kilns, making glazes and general lab duties. Colleen taught youth classes for 6- and 7-year-olds as well. She now serves as Operations Manager, overseeing all activities at the Pottery Lab. She also directs the organization's administrative functions, which includes data management, accounting, and scheduling.
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Curtis Rindels, Assistant Operations Manager
Curtis grew up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and trained as a chef at the Culinary School of the Rockies. He worked as an assistant butcher at Old Major in Denver, known for its carnivorous specialties. He also cooked at The Kitchen and Flagstaff House in Boulder, where he rose to the position of sous chef. After starting classes at the Lab, his passions for creativity shifted from food to clay and he fell in love with ceramics. He aspired to be a teacher and began instructing youth classes at the Lab shortly after becoming a studio assistant. He now has direct responsibility for the day-to-day operations at the Lab and all customer service needs.
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Rachael Reuter, Assistant Operations Manager
Rachael graduated from College of the Ozarks with a BA in Studio Art and declared an emphasis in Ceramics and Graphic Design. In 2015, she moved to Chicago where she worked as a production potter, collaborative artist, and curator. Missing the mountains and nature, she came back to Boulder in 2018 and began working as a studio assistant at the Pottery Lab. She is now Assistant Operations Manager handling marketing, administrative tasks, special events, and routine operations. On her days off you can be sure to find Rachael working in her own studio, skiing, hiking, or playing roller derby.
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Katie Koch, Outreach Program Coordinator
Katie earned a BA in Art History, with minors in Spanish and Environmental Science, from Bucknell University and taught environmental science to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as seniors in assisted living facilities. She worked as a water programs coordinator at Resource Central and a logistics manager for a local snowshoe manufacturer in Boulder. After volunteering as a teaching assistant and social media coordinator, Katie became the Studio Arts Boulder outreach instructor and now serves as the outreach program coordinator as well. Katie teaches outreach classes and oversees all aspects of the program, from partner relationship building to staffing and scheduling.