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Eastern Market Pottery Students Look Forward to the Workshop’s Annual Spring Student Sale

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The entrance to Eastern Market Pottery located on the south side of the market.

On the eve of the annual student sale at Eastern Market Pottery, East City Art caught up with two students of the workshop’s program- Katie Brown and Sarah Buffaloe.  Both women were excited to show their work at the annual spring event which will take place Sunday April 10 from 11am to 4pm. Eastern Market Pottery is located on the south side of the market in the building’s basement.

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The workshop at Eastern Market Pottery.

Like many of the students who attend weekly classes at Eastern Market Pottery, Brown and Buffaloe do not hail from Fine Arts backgrounds.    Brown is an internal communications specialist for an NGO and Buffaloe, an architect, works with the US Green Council on Green LEED Certification.  Both see the classes not only as an opportunity to find a creative outlet but to connect with the community, to socialize and to meet new people.  Most of the students live relatively close to Eastern Market Pottery.  “I really like the local aspect of the program.  Most of the students live in the neighborhood” explains Brown.

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Katie Brown, an internal communications specialist, worked on her first ceramic piece six months ago. This will be her first student show

Brown and Buffaloe also reflect the varying level of prior ceramic experience that students possess before attending workshops at Eastern Market Pottery.   While Buffaloe had some formal training in ceramics, having taken a pottery class in college and attended open studios at Hinckley Pottery in Adam’s Morgan, Brown threw her first bowl at Eastern Market Pottery six months ago.  “My friends paid for my first class as a birthday present” said Brown.  However, getting into Eastern Market Pottery’s classes in not an easy task- there is a 14 page waiting list and few students vacate their spot.  It took about several months for Brown to finally enjoy her birthday present.

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Sarah Buffaloe, a trained architect and experienced potter, has been taking classes at Eastern Market Pottery since 2008.

Despite the differences in the students’ experiences, veterans and newcomers alike benefit from the laissez-faire class structure.  Instructors are always quick to help out a first time students but less experienced students learn from their peers as well. “I learn just as much from other students as I do from the instructors” states Brown.

So what about the Student show?  “It’s going to be much bigger than in years past” acknowledges Buffaloe who has taken classes at Eastern Market Pottery since 2008.  “The show will take up the entire working space, not just the gallery.  It will be potluck style with wine and food.”

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No small feat! After six months of instruction, Brown can create small regular shapped bowls.

Brown will be showing her newly made bowls and Buffaloe will exhibit pitchers, mugs and bowls.  Students can set their own prices and, for the most part, do so with temperance we were assured by Brown and Buffaloe!  Most of the ceramic works are purchased by student’s friends and errant visitors who are buying gifts.  The beauty of these handcrafted items is that every piece,  like a painting or a drawing, is distinct and unique.  “Every student has their own style.  The signature of each person is evident in every piece” explains Buffaloe.

Because Eastern Market Pottery runs several classes at different times during the week, the spring student show also affords students the opportunity to meet peers from other time slots.  “It is also a social event” says Buffaloe “and a community event- an opportunity not just to buy pottery but to join the community of Eastern Market Pottery’s students” adds Brown.

But don’t be fooled by the term “Student Show”.  As we’ve mentioned previously, there are a number of veteran ceramicists who toil in the basement of Eastern Market.  These veteran students create beautiful work including tiles and wearable jewelry such as necklaces and earrings.

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