Ani Kasten and Sarah Nikitopoulos at Ash Hill

By Editorial Team on February 18, 2019
Courtesy of Sarah Nikitopoulos.
Event: Wednesday, February 27 from 4pm to 8pm
Thursday, February 28 from 4pm to 8pm

“I am happy to announce that I will once again be participating in the second annual Salon Event at the beautiful historic home of Randy and Rose Fletcher at Ash Hill in Hyattsville, Maryland. I will have a small collection of new work for sale alongside fellow ceramist Ani Kasten, set among the thoughtfully curated collection of artwork and antiques of Randy and Rose’s home. This year we will be open for two evenings – Wednesday, February 27th, and Thursday, February 28th from 4-8pm. Refreshments will be served. Hope you will come join us!

You may note that it has been quite a while since I’ve sent out a newsletter — It’s been a busy couple of years, with many ups and downs along the way. Without going into too much detail, this past year has presented many challenges both personal and studio related. Currently I am in research and development mode as I tweak the formula for my crystalline glaze. This type of glaze is notoriously finicky to slight changes in chemistry. I got off fairly easy for most of my years working with this glaze, but it seems that my raw materials have been changing composition with increasing frequency as of late, necessitating some total reformulation and lots of testing. Coupled with several kiln repairs, I have been far less productive than I would like.

But, as a silver lining, I have been using this downtime from crystalline glazes as an opportunity to develop some new surfaces I’ve been meaning to explore. I have been looking to expand upon the geologic surfaces that my work draws upon, without relying on the flashiness of crystalline glazes, as much as I do love them. Much of the work I will have available at the Salon in a few short weeks will feature these new explorations. They are still very new to me and feel like the tip of the iceberg in a new line of work. I’m looking forward to developing them further.

On top of all this, I am in the process of getting ready to move back to my home state of New York. It feels like I have had to move either my studio or home (or both) every 2-3 years for the last 8 or so I’ve lived in the DC area, which can be quite disruptive to the studio flow, but I am very much looking forward to a change of scenery. Living in the Gateway Arts District of Maryland has granted me so many opportunities that I am truly grateful for, but I am excited for this next step on my path forward!” – Sarah Nikitopoulos

Ash Hill/ Hitching Post Hill is located at 3308 Rosemary Lane, Hyattsville MD.