Kent Oaks Pottery


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Polka dots, stripes and curves. Earth, energy, and color. Trying to enhance every day with something useful and beautiful guides my work and hopefully brings joy to others. My pottery is sold in DC metro area galleries and the Princeton University Art Museum Store. I have participated in national and local shows, including the 2021 ACC Baltimore Week Virtual Show, the 2021 CraftBoston Holiday Show, the James Renwick Alliance Holiday Show since 2016, and the Glen Echo Park Holiday Show since 2008.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Most of my work is influenced by modern artists from the 20th century. From Gene Davis’s stripes to the geometric forms of Suprematism artists, I seek to embrace this aesthetic in functional pottery. 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.

    A: 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. That is often a good thing.

    A: 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.

    A: The most exciting and wonderful part of making pottery is opening a glaze kiln. Sometimes there are lovely surprises. Thankfully, less often there are unfortunate failures. Rarely does everything look as anticipated because glaze colors are transformed by the heating and cooling of the kiln. Once a firing is started, it is difficult to sleep and time seems to stand still as the kiln slowly cools to the point when it can be safely opened.

    A: A few years ago, I joined an artists collective that operates a local gallery. This gallery is not operated like a typical sales gallery, but instead it presents a series of art shows throughout the year with exhibits rotating every 6-8 weeks. This format and the influence of the other artists who are part of this group encouraged me to explore new techniques and shapes, and to try out different clays and glaze colors so that my work would be different for each show.

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