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:
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
Rebecca has been a studio potter for over 20 years. She studied at The Corcoran College of Art and Design and crafts schools, including Haystack, Anderson Ranch, Penland and Arrowmont. Rebecca is a resident member of the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, where she shows her work. Her ceramics have been juried into numerous shows and sold in stores and galleries across the country. Rebecca teaches ceramics and general art classes for adults and children at several schools and art centers, and is very happy to be a new instructor in hand building at GEP.
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.