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. It all started in 1975, when Jeff established himself as an artist-in-residence at Glen Echo Park and moved the Park’s fledgling pottery classes out of the old amusement park cafeteria and into the yurts, thereby establishing a permanent home for Glen Echo Pottery. Today, he oversees all aspects of Glen Echo Pottery’s operations, and he also teaches beginning through advanced students, mounts gallery exhibitions at the Park, judges ceramics shows for other local organizations, and occasionally fulfills public commissions. His work has been presented in many local and national exhibitions and can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.
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.
For more information, visit www.glenechopottery.com.
The Glen Echo Pottery gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., April through December, and by appointment. Call Glen Echo Pottery at (301) 229-5585 for more information.
Visit our Ceramics & Pottery classes page for more information on pottery classes and workshops at Glen Echo Park and links to browse and register for upcoming classes.