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Green line artists


The DC metro, that is. Potters and artists who share the green line offer up work for our spring sale.


Green Line Artists

Sunday 6 May
12 to 5
623 Upshur Street NW in Petworth

with Julie Christenberry, Gardens and Pots (Carol Herwig) and Great Hill Studio (Sam Gordon)


Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11

Noon to 5 pm each day

2238 Chester St. SE
Washington, DC 20020

15-minute walk from the Anacostia Metro, short drive from where you are in DC


I’m not sold on the “pop-up” term, but the Pottery Barn store in Bethesda (4750 Bethesda Avenue) kindly allows space for some local potters this weekend. Saturday 10 to 8, Sunday 10 to 6.

Hope to see you there.

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Three stacking cups, red interiors. 70 dollars.


but where I see “whiskey sipper,” you may see:

ramekin, tea-bag holder, seed-starter, creamer, egg cup, salt cellar, olive pit pit, tooth fairy beaker, earring catcher, aspirin dispenser, espresso cup, guitar pick holder, change collector, key receptacle, totem…

Twelve to eighteen dollars. Some are wood-fire products, and that’s special.

Hat, gloves, credit card reader…


This Saturday, 7 May, District Clay will have an open house and pottery sale. The first 100 people in the door will receive a free cup, made by a variety of us. These are some of mine.

These cups need both a coat of glaze and then, liquid contents.

Cookies and milk? Rye and cashews?


Small vessel and plate in Pinnell’s Red and gunmetal.

Words have meanings.  For almost anything you might want to think about, a word — or in English, likely more than one — already exists to apply to that concept or object.  A term of art for a stemless and handleless glass used for drinking is a “tumbler.”  At the pottery studio, “tumbler” would be used for a clay thing to drink from, since it’s not a glass “glass.”  But why is this a tumbler, when that’s exactly what you want it not to do?

one cup -- green

Thanking all that is holy, I have on my shelf a hand-thick (look up “hand” as a measurement) unabridged dictionary, which tells me that originally this drink holder had a “rounded or pointed bottom and could not be set down until emptied.”  I get it now.  The word still applies, but with a shifted meaning.

Here at the greenware stage is one of a set of tumblers, close matches, as measured by my fingers and other handy tools.  Should this be a watershed logo?

All of her sisters will go in the kiln with her.  I hope to show the later stages in due time.

tumblers - greenware