Our Team


Peter Ward, Teacher

My name is Peter Ward and I am a native to Brookline, NH. I graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a degree in Fine Arts with a focus in ceramics. I fell in love with pottery since day one of working with clay; there is so much that this medium has to offer. It is both challenging yet calming at the same time. To me there is nothing as relaxing and mesmerizing as the ceramic process. To some the process may seem slow, but there nothing like seeing a piece come to life from start to finish. My goal as a potter is work with as many different people in this field so I can become as well rounded as I can, not only as a potter but an artist as well. I want to continue to learn everything that I can about this craft. The teaching process is something that I feel is equally as important as the learning process. If it wasn’t for the passion for the craft my teachers/professors possessed, I wouldn’t have to passion for ceramics that I do now; and it’s that passion for the craft that I wish to pass on to others.


Oran Stapel, Teacher & Studio Assistant

I live a dirty life. I work at a place that makes dirt (a horse farm), a place that shapes dirt (Voice of Clay), and then my least dirty job working with adults at a day program. I have been practicing throwing since 2008. The pieces I make are usually useable things and mugs are my favorite things to make. Anything around me that makes me go, “I like that,” is my muse. Most of my motivation comes from nature. I try to make them look alive and moving. Try the mugs out. Pick the pots up. Find the piece that calls to you. Have fun! 


Bonnie Rankin, Studio Assistant

My name is Bonnie Rankin and I am a star ⭐️ maker/ studio helper at The Voice of Clay. I took a few classes here and there but really found my love of pottery in Wendy’s classes. Working with clay is my meditation in motion. I live in Chelmsford, MA with my husband and two doggies.