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You know your farmer. Now meet your potter. Pottery on the Hill welcomes 16 of the nationâ€™s top ceramic artists â€œFarm to tableâ€ refers not only to the fresh, local produce you buy from the farmer himself. Itâ€™s also about bringing food to the table looking its best. That means itâ€™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. â€œPots for use is definitely the theme of this show,â€ says Dan Finnegan, the show curator. â€œMost of us share this passion for making pots for peopleâ€™s homes.â€ 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. â€“ 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. â€“ 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 202.549.4172 programs@HillCenterDC.org
Mark Shapiro Workshop â€“ Teapots: Brew / Pour / More WS01 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member For the potter, teapots are entrancing objects to make. They have a long and rich history that evokes social rituals and intercultural connections. They have long been collected and displayed, and ceramic teapots remain the first choice for brewing tea. They are still commonly used, though other ceramic forms have been replaced by other kinds of vessels. Technically teapots present the challenge of designing and integrating multiple partsâ€”spout, lid, handle, foot, knobâ€”in addition to the usual questions of clay, surface, and firing. As such, the teapot is a classic potterâ€™s performance, in which the drama of ceramic inspiration and mastery unfolds. A functional teapot must successfully brew and pour tea, but what else can a teapot do? In this 2-day workshop participants will look at the parts that make the whole, focusing on ergonomics, proportion, and the harmony of elements. What makes a great teapot, one that you want to use again and again? This workshop will attempt to unfold some of those qualities by learning from outstanding examples and thinking about how to capture such excellence in our own teapots and related wares. Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine. WS01 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at email@example.com for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209