Bringing Pottery from Artist to Table

by October 27, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

Farm-to-table is about more than locally grown food. It’s about bringing food to the table looking its best. Supporting artists is like supporting local farmers, and can make your home and meal look beautiful and unique.

The annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on October 30 and 31, and November 1 offers a chance to meet and talk with 16 prominent potters from across the country about their work.

“Pots for use is definitely the theme of this show,” says Dan Finnegan, potter and show curator. “Most of us share this passion for making pots for people’s homes.”

The pieces chosen for Pottery on the Hill show a variety of styles, influences and techniques. Shoppers will find all types of wares, from vases to plates and whimsical to refined. Whether your style is wheel-thrown or hand-built, bright colors or subdued tones, organizers are confident you’ll find pottery you’ll fall in love with or the perfect holiday gift.

Pottery on the Hill features a ticketed preview reception on the evening of October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This reception gives VIPs the first opportunity to meet the potters, learn about their inspirations and purchase pieces before they go for public sale. The first 100 reception attendees will also receive a free sampling cup, handcrafted by the potters.

The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, takes place on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, don’t miss the weekend’s Pottery Slam! See potters challenge each other, take challenges from the audience and work together on pottery wheels to make pieces. The Slam will be at the Art League Annex in Alexandria on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Potters Dan Finnegan, Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor will be joined by Blair Meerfield of the Torpedo Factory.

Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. More information and tickets for the preview reception are available online at

The preceding post was sponsored by Pottery on the Hill.


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