Hill Center presents its eighth iteration of Pottery on the Hill beginning Friday, November 2 through Sunday November 4. The annual event has become one of Hill Center’s signature events and a hallmark of its community arts programming. Capitol Hill residents are fortunate enough to have direct access to the works of some of the nation’s top potters within walking distance of their homes.
The organizers of the expo have curated an environment that feel much more like fine arts fair than a craft market. Nationally renowned potter Dan Finnegan, who has collaborated with Hill center since Pottery on the Hill’s inception in 2011, intentionally selects master potters whose work not only provides form and function to the user but whose ceramic works possess a strong aesthetic.
This year’s line-up includes Richard Aerni (Rochester, NY), Birdie Boone (Meadowview, VA), Andrea Denniston (Floyd, VA), Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz (Rochester, NY), Kenyon Hansen (Fayetteville, AR), and Kate Johnston (Seagrove, NC) join Pottery on the Hill regulars Bandana Pottery-Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish (Bakersville, NC), Mary Barringer (Shelburne Falls, MA), Robert Briscoe (Minneapolis, MN), Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg, VA), Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC), Matthew Metz (Alfred Station, NY), Mark Shapiro (Worthington, MA), Stacy Snyder (Arlington, VA), Sam Taylor (Westhampton, MA), and Catherine White (Warrenton, VA).
Pottery on the Hill begins with a ticketed preview reception on Friday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. In addition, Hill Center offers the first 100 attendees at the preview reception an opportunity to select a complimentary cup created by one of the potters.
Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, Pottery on the Hill opens free of charge to the general public. These mugs and cups, plates, bowls, vases, platters, and baking vessels are unique pieces of functional art.
Pottery on the Hill includes a mobile kiln and potter’s wheel and a “pottery slam” where potters demonstrate their skills in front of an audience. Building on the success of last year’s Raku firing on the premises of Hill Center, the organizers have invited District Clay to return to the West Plaza where demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. You can decorate and glaze a pot and return to watch the Raku firing process.
“The raku firing during Pottery on the Hill represents a chance for the community to make something unique. They can glaze or paint their pot, then watch it transform before their eyes,” says potter Dan Finnegan. “Creating this kind of art allows visitors to step into the shoes of a potter for just a brief moment to experience the excitement and anticipation of the finished product.”
New this year, on Sunday, people who cannot attend the expo who would like to purchase pots, may shop virtually via FaceTime. To schedule an appointment to FaceTime “shop”, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hill Center is located in the historic Old Naval Hospital at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, just one block from the Eastern Market metro. Visit them online at www.hillcenterdc.org or www.poertyonthehilldc.org
Pottery on the Hill 2018 Schedule
Friday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35/advance, $40/day of.
Tickets are available at PotteryontheHillDC.org or by calling (202) 549-4172
Free Show & Sale
Saturday, November 3: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, November 4: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com