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updated sun 31 aug 97


Suzistaz on wed 6 aug 97

Heading out to Washington DC, some time in October, any know about
anything clay related going on?

George Brown on thu 7 aug 97

Hello Traveling to DC:

Check Creative Clay Studios - 703/750-9480 - in Alexandria VA. They have a
Kristin Donner workshop Oct. 24-25.

Gregory F. Wandell on fri 8 aug 97


October is a great time to come to Washington, DC. The crowds are back
at school and the weather is very nice.

Here's some places you might want to check out:

In Washington, DC try the Arthur M Sackler Gallery, the National Museum
of African Art and the Freer Gallery.

In Arlington, Virginia try the Lee Arts Center.

In Glen Echo, Maryland try Glen Echo Park.

In Alexandria, Virginia try the Torpedo Factory.

Depending on where you are staying, I can recommend some excellent
restaurants. If interested, send me a private email message.

Have a fun trip

Gregory F. Wandell
Bethesda, Maryland

Taube Wilson on fri 8 aug 97

>Heading out to Washington DC, some time in October, any know about
>anything clay related going on?

Yes! And it's all free!

There will be a show of Michael Lucero's work at the Renwick from
September thru January. (The Renwick, which is part of the Smithsonian,
is at 17th and Pennsylvania, right opposite the White House).

Also, there are always wonderful exhibits of ceramics at the
Sackler(Asian), the Freer(Asian) and the Museum of African Art(which has
some beautiful pieces by Magdalene Odundo as well as an amazing
15-minute loop film of an African village potter coil building several
pots.) These three museums are adjacent to each other, and are connected
by underground passages.[Orange/Blue lines to Smithsonian]

If you make arrangements in advance, groups of up to 12 can get a
private viewing of the ceramics in the Freer archive. They have Chinese,
Japanese, Korean and Mideastern pottery from thousands to hundreds of
years old. (They used to actually let you handle the pots, but I think
their policy has changed). Call Tara Coran @ (202)357-4880 ext.305 for
information. (at least that's who I spoke with last year). They let us
stay about 2 hours.

For contemporary pottery, try to get to the Torpedo Factory in Old Town
Alexandria. The building was an actual torpedo factory which has been
converted into studio and gallery space for potters, painters, sculptors
and printmakers. There are about 7 galleries devoted to pottery and
several more for sculpture. They also run an art school (The Art
Students' League). It is right on the waterfront and near lots of
restaurants and shops.

The major art galleries in D.C. can be found in two main locations - on
R Street just off Connecticut Avenue (Dupont Circle) and at 7th and E
streets. (The 7th street galleries are very near the Museum of American
Art/Portrait Gallery and also near Chinatown). The Zenith Gallery on
7th usually has some ceramic art. There are also a few galleries in
Georgetown, but I'm not that familiar with them. (NOTE: Check the hours
in the Weekend section of Friday's Washington Post, or in the City
Paper(free-pick up a copy from newspaper boxes on the street, or in many
bookstores). I know everything is closed on Sundays).

Check the Weekend section of the Post for other ceramics exhibits at the
National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran, etc.

Finally, if you're here on the First or Third Friday of the month, the
galleries have joint openings on those days. First Friday takes place
from 6:30-9:30 at the R Street galleries, and Third Friday is at 7th
Street. I've been to First Friday several times, and it's lots of fun,
but I've never gone to Third Friday.(I know this isn't strictly

There are lots of other galleries and art spaces (Lee Arts Center in
Arlington, Rocville Art Center, Pine Ridge Pottery in Alexandria,
Manassas Clay, Glen Echo Art Center) and I'm sure there will be at least
one crafts fair (check the Post's Weekend section if you are
interested). And there are also several shops which stock handmade
ceramics (Appalachian Spring(Georgetown,Reston),others in Fairfax,
Vienna, McLean, Rockville, etc.)

Hope this keeps you busy!

Taube Wilson (

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Carol Rossman on mon 18 aug 97

The National Museum of Women in the Arts , 1250 New York Ave, Washington, DC
is having a significant exhibit by Native American Artists entitled "Legacy
Generations: Exhibition of Ceramic Art by American Indian Women Artists".
This show is curated by Susan Peterson and includes 6 matriarchs who are
considered most innovative and committed to pottery as an art form, their
progeny, and 10 avant guard Indian women working inside and outside the
tradition. The
show runs from Oct 9/97 to Jan 15/98. There is a wonderful book being
in conjunction with the show; " Pottery by American Indian Women: Legacy of

Generations" by Abbyville Press-----Actual release date is Aug 21/97.
For more information contact the Gallery.
I plan to be there on opening day---perhaps we'll meet.

Carol Rossman @