12 - 6pm
Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries are pleased to present Surviving with Clay 2021 by the 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.