Exhibition Opening: Friday, June 4 from 6pm-8pm (Covid-19 guidelines will be in place for this in-person event.)
Surviving with Clay
June 4 – August 1, 2021 // Popcorn Gallery
Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries presents Glen Echo Pottery’s 13th Annual Student Exhibit, Surviving with Clay in the Popcorn Gallery. The exhibition features more than 40 pottery students who take classes at Glen Echo Park in the resident pottery program, Glen Echo Pottery.
Centering a ball of clay on the potter’s wheel is one of the most basic and important skills we learn in ceramic craft. For this past year in particular, the act of “centering” has become a larger metaphor, first, for pursuing our craft as a way of staying sane in the face of the pandemic and, second, for creating an alignment and rhythm in our pottery community that enables both collaboration and inspiration, even as we work together under restricted conditions. What we have observed over the year is that, while the pandemic has forced constraints on our quotidian lives, it has also provoked a surprising and welcome degree of innovation and invention in the making of our pots. From exquisite glaze layering effects, to ‘pushing the envelope’ component structures, to elegant stretched vessels, to impossibly delicate bowl and teapot designs, to bold surface treatments. We proudly demonstrate that we are not only ‘surviving’, but in fact thriving with our clay.
Animal Magic: Stephen Kohashi
June 4 – 27, 2021 // Stone Tower Gallery
In the Stone Tower Gallery features the exhibition Animal Magic, which introduces the phenomenal sculptural range of expression found in the works of Stephen Kohashi in a variety of materials including ceramics, paper-mache, and cast metal. As a whole the exhibition presents a menagerie of animal sculptures that engage and entertain the viewer through provocative gestural expressions, eliciting degrees of emotional empathy in the viewer, bringing to mind our relationships with our own domestic pets as sentient beings.
The various materials and methods utilized in the making of these works also requires an understanding and mastery of empathy of material expression to effectively animate the various mediums to reach their lively presence and communication through body language and creating reciprocal empathy in the viewer. We invite you to experience this immersive fantastical exhibition and to feel the magic. — Robert Devers, Curator
- Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm – 6pm
Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD.