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.




  Resident Artists/Instructors & Classes:


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.