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Matthew Hyleck

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#94910 Pottery On The Hill / October 30 - November 1, 2015 / Old Naval Hospital

Posted by Matthew Hyleck on 28 October 2015 - 11:02 AM

You know your farmer. Now meet your potter.

Pottery on the Hill welcomes 16 of the nation’s top ceramic artists

“Farm to table” refers not only to the fresh, local produce you buy from the farmer himself. It’s also about bringing food to the table looking its best. That means it’s time to talk to a potter.

The annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on October 30-November 1, is a chance to meet and talk with 16 prominent potters from across the country about their work.

“Pots for use is definitely the theme of this show,” says Dan Finnegan, the show curator. “Most of us share this passion for making pots for people’s homes.”

The pieces chosen for Pottery on the Hill show a variety of styles, influences and techniques. Some are whimsical while others are refined. Most are wheel thrown but have hand-built elements. These potters use bright colors as well as more subdued tones.

Artists featured in Pottery on the Hill include:

Bob Briscoe (Harris, MN)

Trista Depp Chapman (Fredericksburg, VA)

Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg, VA)

Warren Frederick (Warrenton, VA)

Bruce Gholson (Seagrove, NC)

Samantha Henneke (Seagrove, NC)

Matthew Hyleck (Baltimore, MD)

Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC)

Suze Lindsay (Bakersville, NC)

Kent McLaughlin (Bakersville, NC)

Matthew Metz (Alfred Station, NY)

Donna Polseno (Floyd, VA)

Mark Shapiro (Worthington, MA)

Gertrude Graham Smith (Penland, NC)

Sam Taylor (Westhampton, MA)

Catherine White (Warrenton, VA).


Pottery on the Hill features a ticketed preview reception on the evening of October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This reception offers the first opportunity to meet the potters, learn their inspiration and purchase pieces. The first 100 guests will receive a beer sampler crafted by a potter. Tickets are available online.

The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, takes place on October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additionally, a Pottery Slam, where potters challenge each other, take challenges from the audience, and work together on pottery wheels to make pieces, will take place at the Art League Annex in Alexandria on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. Potters Dan Finnegan, Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor will be joined by Blair Meerfield of the Torpedo Factory.


Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003


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#70660 Joe Campbell: The Potter’S Brush Wksp / April 25 & 26 / Baltimore Clayworks

Posted by Matthew Hyleck on 24 November 2014 - 04:15 PM

Joe Campbell – The Potter’s Brush Workshop  

WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, April 25 & 26, 2015

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member


The tools we use in our studio can and should be an integral part of what we say with our work, and their voice should be heard.  Good brushes, chosen for their particular ability, and used with skill, are critical to the success of our pieces. In this 2-day, hands on workshop, we will visit the history of the potter’s brush, explore techniques for the application of ceramic materials, and learn to build good ceramic brushes.   Slides, videos, handouts, and instructor demonstrations will weave together the process for making brushes, and their skillful use with slips, engobes, underglazes, glazes, and wax resist.  During the class students will make 3 brushes of their choosing, and have the time and opportunity to enhance their decorating skills using these new tools and new knowledge.  All necessary materials for brush construction will be provided. 


Joe Campbell has been making pots for over 45 years, and making his own fine brushes for over 25.  He is Professor Emeritus from Frederick Community College, having retired after 33 years of college level instruction in Ceramics and Art.  Joe received his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 1976, and his BS in Ceramics from Frostburg State College in 1973.  His ceramic work has always been involved with the making of vessels, with a particular focus on the surface.


 “Yes from a functional standpoint, I want my pieces to work well, but shame on me if that is all they do.  Great pots should strive to be every bit as engaging as a good painting or sculpture, and have as an added bonus, their physical function in our kitchens and our homes.  This has always been my challenge in the studio. ”  His brushes are a natural outgrowth of this same challenge, seeking to be great decorating tools, and beautiful, intimate little pieces of sculpture in their own right.   Joe has conducted numerous workshops in brush making and decorating throughout the nation, and done artist in residence stays from Watershed in Maine, to Tierra Hermosa Studios in New Mexico.


WS02 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, April 25 & 26, 2015

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members


Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209


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#44824 Pottery On The Hill / November 1-3, 2013 / Hill Center At The Old Naval Hospital

Posted by Matthew Hyleck on 29 October 2013 - 12:42 PM

In November, sixteen nationally-recognized ceramic artists bring their recently-fired, colorful, and durable creations to Hill Center for show and sale. Learn more about these artists and follow their work from links to each on the right side of this page. There, you will find closeup images of their works and links to their websites and blogs.

Pottery on the Hill kicks off with a special Preview Reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013. Ticketholders will receive the first chance to purchase pieces and speak with the artists. Tickets are $25 and available here


The sixteen artists will show and sell their pottery from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 and 12 Noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. Mark your calendars, because this is a unique opportunity to see these 16 nationally renowned artists in one spot right here on Capitol Hill.

This year, we're thrilled to welcome Chris Cooley, professional athlete and potter to Pottery on the Hill on Saturday, November 2. Chris will show and sell his work, but also give talks at 12 and 2 p.m. about the intersections of Sports and Art. You can learn more about Chris' appearance at Hill Center here.

Cheyenne Kim, horticulturist for the Smithsonian Institution and the floral designer behind the beautiful arrangements at the Sackler Gallery, will host two floral arranging workshops on Friday, November 1 prior to the Preview Reception. Learn how to make show stopping arrangements from one of the best designers in DC. See details for his AM Session and PM Session online.


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