Glen Echo Pottery
















Founded over thirty years ago by director Jeff Kirk, Glen Echo Pottery is a year-round

pottery school offering both adult and teen classes spanning all skill levels.


One of several resident visual arts organizations at Glen Echo Park, the pottery program is, according to Jeff, “a haven for individual creativity."  As artistic director – and as a resident artist and instructor as well – his  goal is to foster the spirit that enables students to give shape and meaning to their unique visions. Housed in the Park’s yurt structures, the pottery program has expanded and nurtured the artistic talent of thousands of students and produced many extraordinary potters and instructors. The spirit of Glen Echo Pottery emanates from the respect for each individual's talents, needs, and expressions. Each of the pottery's instructors and artists are uniquely inspired by their traditions, imaginations, dreams, relationships, and passions. To  show the variety of work created in the park, the Pottery Gallery is open to the public on weekends from April through December.Demos are provided to show and discuss the craft.  Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. For more information see




  Resident Artists/Instructors & Classes:



Rexford Brown

Rex Brown was one of the original staff members of the Glen Echo Pottery in the early 1970s before leaving to attain a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.  During the 1980s Rex worked as a studio artist, as well as giving occasional workshops and lecturing on historical Japanese and contemporary American ceramics. From 1992 to 2005 he served as an Adjunct Faculty in the Ceramics Department of the Corcoran College of Art in Washington D.C. His works, both thrown and sculptural, have been included in numerous exhibitions over the years and are included in private collections all over the country.




Ana Carillo

Ana Carillo began doing pottery in 1997 at the Guy Mason Recreation Center in Washington DC, learning wheel and handbuilding techniques. Since then she has taken classes at the  Art League School in Alexandria, VA, the DC Art Studio and in Takoma Park. She worked at the Escuela de Artes Julio Arraga in Maracaibo, Venezuela and has taken workshops on Raku firing and. glazing techniques. She came to Glen Echo Pottery in 2012 and began as a volunteer assistant in the Wednesday night Handbulding class in 2016. In 2018 she became an Instructor.




David Epstein

David started pottery at age five; it has truly been a life-long involvement with ceramics for him.  For many years, he studied with Vally Possony of Falls Church, VA.  In recent years, he has taken master workshops at well known crafts schools such as the Archie Bray (Montana), Arrowmont (Tennessee), Anderson Ranch (Colorado), and  La Meridiana (Tuscany, Italy). He has exhibited with Montgomery Potters and received their "best bowl" award.  At Glen Echo, in additional to teaching, David assists with loading the kilns and helped build the soda kiln, among many other contributions.



Chris Hanan

Chris is an instructor for the Saturday morning hand building class.  He first caught the ceramics bug back in high school, and joined Glen Echo Pottery in 2006.  He has been an active volunteer for many activities around the yurt, most notably as one of the primary team members for the Pots by the Pound fund raiser that is held twice a year.  Chris primarily works with functional forms, such as bowls, plates, mugs, and plant pots, using both wheel and hand building techniques.  He especially enjoys blending elements from both disciplines to create unique pieces.



Linda Johnson

Studio Assistant at Glen Echo Pottery since 1982; has taught ceramics for children and young adults since 1987.  Her work is found in several private collections. "The clay "journey" is a long one, possibly a lifetime.  I appreciate the creativity that young adults bring to the pottery and I constantly learn from them during our classroom exchanges.  I teach them wheel fundamentals and they inspire me as we continue together on the clay journey."



Kira Kibler

B.A. Studio Art, Rutgers University; M.Ed George Washington University.  Exhibitions: 2011, Personal Best, Glen Echo Pottery; 2011, Hand Building - Explorations in Clay, Glen Echo Pottery;  2010, Variations in Clay, Glen Echo Pottery; 2005 Creative Craft Council Exhibition, Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD.




Jeff Kirk

Jeff Kirk is the Executive Director of Glen Echo Pottery.  He studied ceramics at Montgomery College and Anderson Ranch in Colorado.  He has won numerous awards, exhibits widely, and maintains a full-time studio. 







Mark Sistek

Mark has been working in ceramics since 1979 (BFA Ceramics, Cleveland Institute of Art) and has been at George Mason University since 1997.  Prior to that he was at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.  He has completed visiting artist workshops  with DC Public Schools, Freer & Sackler Museum, and Sidwell Friends School.






Antoinette Vionnet

Antoinette Vionnet serves as Instructor for the pottery summer campers and  assists in the Teen Wheel classes during the school year.  In Fall, 2017, Antoinette led the adult Handbuilding class while Mark Sistek was on sabbatical leave.  Antoinette has been at Glen Echo Pottery for over 20 years.  Her exceptional wheel thrown and hand built pieces have been highlighted in a number of pottery shows in the Popcorn Gallery.