The Hill Center Presents 'Pottery on the Hill' Showcasing 15 of America's Most Accomplished Functional Potters

By Editorial Team on October 22, 2012
Pots fresh from Dan Finnegan's just-concluded firing. Photo Courtesy the Hill Center.


Cocktail Hour Preview ($25 entrance): Friday October 26 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Public Opening (free entrance): Saturday October 27 from 10am to 5pm and
Sunday October 28 from noon to 4pm


Read Eric Hope’s review of the exhibition here

The exhibition is one weekend only and runs October 26 through October 28.

Pottery on the Hill Brings 15 of America’s most accomplished functional potters to DC.  This unique showcase is a first for the DC area.

Bright, patterned ceramic table platters, fanciful mugs and one-of-a-kind cups, unusually shaped cooking pots, and astonishing vases and whimsies will crowd Hill Center’s three-day Pottery on the Hill show, October 26-28. This year’s show will feature work from 15 of the finest, nationally-recognized ceramic artists, who hail from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia, and Maryland.

Dan Finnegan at his wheel. Photo Courtesy the Hill Center.

“Each of these top ceramicists has their own distinct style,” says organizer Dan Finnegan, himself a potter from Fredericksburg, Virginia. “By seeing them all together, it really reveals the exciting range of pots and styles produced today.” Many hundreds of pieces of their work, many never exhibited before, will be for sale.

Potter Bob Briscoe of Harris, Minnesota, uses ash glaze to create beautiful, simple pots “that inspire the viewer to imagine serving a favorite recipe, displaying their garden’s blooms, or enjoying the sensual pleasures of a quiet dinner at home.”

Trista Depp Chapman (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Photo Courtesy the Hill Center.

Arlington’s Stacy Snyder creates character and individuality in her fanciful salt and pepper sets in the shape of buildings.

Sam Taylor of Westhampton, Massachusetts, uses a wood-fired kiln and salt-glazed finishes to create evocative images of nature on his pots. “Pottery is soul food,” he says. “The very simple and beautiful act of choosing a piece of pottery to start each day with is a life affirming meditation and a harbinger of balance and happiness.”

“We’re so excited to host this event at Hill Center,” says Diana Ingraham, the Center’s executive director, “because the opportunity to engage with such talented artists in an intimate setting while looking at their work doesn’t happen all the time. Usually you’d have to travel to their studio.”

Louise Allison Cort, the Curator for Ceramics at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, will deliver a free talk entitled “Pots and People” at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday.

A special sneak peek of the show on Friday evening, October 26, will give ticketholders the first chance to purchase pieces and speak with the artists. Tickets for the 6:30 to 9pm cocktail party cost $25.   Reservations can be made at the website or by calling Hill Center at 202.549.4172.  Hill Center, a non-profit arts and cultural center, is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE in Washington, D.C., one block from the Eastern Market Metro Station.

Biographies of the 15 participating potters can be found on, along with photographs of their work and their thoughts on art and ceramics.

The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE two blocks from Eastern Market Metro.  Visit the Hill Center online at or call the center at 202.549.4172