Katie and Joelle White are twin sisters from Stockton, Illinois. They were raised on their parents’ dairy farm with a strong work ethic and an appreciation for nature. Both took an interest in art at a young age. Despite being twins, they each kept their own sense of individuality and were accepted into different colleges. Katie graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Ceramics in 2012 before traveling the country to participate in various ceramic residencies such as Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana and The Cub Creek Foundation in Virginia. Joelle graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Biology but stayed true to her artistic side by studying ceramics with Bruce Howdle. Howdle was a world renowned ceramic artist who was an advocate for the arts and the preservation of historical Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
Joelle and Katie both became Bruce’s assistants in 2017 at his historically renovated studio and gallery in the space originally built in 1876 as an addition to the Globe Hotel. The two helped with studio maintenance as well as converting his mural room into Shake Rag Alley’s Ceramic Classroom. Bruce passed away suddenly in August of 2018 leaving the White sisters to keep the gallery open to the public as well as take over teaching classes.
The sisters pay tribute to the predecessors of the historic building by naming their partnership The Globe Clay Center at Howdle Studio where they create and display their ceramic sculpture, pottery, and jewelry.