Kent Oaks Pottery



Kent Oaks Pottery

About The Artist

Gaithersburg, MD
Ceramics • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE

Polka dots, stripes and curves. Earth, energy, and color. Much of my work is influenced by 20th century modern artists. From Gene Davis’s stripes to the geometric forms of Bauhaus and Suprematism artists, I seek to embrace this aesthetic in functional pottery. Most of my work is slab built. Many pieces are hand painted with underglazes, so each kiln opening is filled with an abundance of color. Trying to enhance everyday with something beautiful guides my work and hopefully brings joy to others.



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Tell us how your work is made.

While some of my work is wheel thrown, my favorite pieces are slab built. Many pieces are hand painted with underglazes, so that each kiln opening is filled with an abundance of color.


What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Clay’s possibilities are limitless. There is always a new glaze to try, a new shape to form, a new firing schedule that can produce different results. Working with clay is all-consuming with time taking on a new meaning. It is measured in kiln firings and coolings and pots drying just the right amount for the next step in the process. The outside world can easily become of secondary importance.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Originally from New England, one of my earliest memories is watching a potter at Old Sturbridge Village. Seeing the clay lift up from the wheel into a small pitcher was mesmerizing. This is where my pottery journey started. However, it wasn’t until after college that I began taking pottery classes. Before long, I was helping with kiln loading and glaze making. After working as a lawyer in D.C. for many years, I am now retired and able to spend countless hours in my home studio.