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.


Pottery on the Hill Preview (via Facebook:Hill Center)

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Fresh Angles: Austria Through the Eyes of Amateur Filmmakers

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW)

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

A collection of short films by amateur filmmakers will show parts of the Nazi era. The images in the films are not from Nazi propaganda, unlike what dominates modern memory of its history. The event’s featured speakers include the museum’s video archivist Lindsay Zarwell and director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society Ingo Zechner. Admission is free.


Hilloween at Eastern Market

7th Street SE (between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues SE)

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The community tradition returns with free family-friendly activities and ways to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best costumes and visit professional face painters, a haunted house, and a photo booth. Food, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase. Eastern Market will operate normally on Saturday.

Friday – Sunday

Oliver! Opening Weekend

Fichandler Stage, The Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St. SW)

Time: 8 p.m.

Based on the story of orphan boy Oliver Twist, this Tony Award-winning musical is opening at the Southwest Waterfront this weekend for a two-month run. The titular character is played by a fourth grader, and a cast of children and adults will tell Charles Dickens’ holiday story. Tickets are about $120 and can be purchased online.

Saturday – Halloween!

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

13th Street Community Park & Garden (13th and C streets SE)

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Nonprofit pet adoption organization Homeward Trails and the 13th Street Community Park & Garden invite families–and their pets–to the park for a Halloween celebration. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and gift card prizes will be awarded to the best dressed child and pup. Some adoptable dogs are also expected to attend. This outdoor event is free and open to the public.

Saturday & Sunday

Pottery on the Hill Show and Sale

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Sixteen ceramic artists from around the country will gather in Hill East this weekend to display and sell their work. The event is catered for both serious collectors and curious observers, providing the opportunity to meet the artists, hear about inspirations for their work and learn how to use pottery pieces at home. Admission to the show and sale is free.

Photo via Facebook/Hill Center


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