Programs for 2017-2018 Montgomery Potters Meetings

September 25, 2017

We introduced old and new members, discussed the budget for the year, and voted on changes to some bylaws.

October 23, 2017

2017 Oct presenter Jaimianne Amicucci thumbnailJaimianne is the executive director of the Creative Crafts Council, and also the owner and Curatorial Director of the Gray Gallery in Winchester, VA. She has been very active in the regional crafts community in several capacities: as Director of the Shenandoah Arts Council,  a Trustee of Baltimore Clayworks,  as marketing assistant and exhibitions advisor at Glen Echo, and as an independent curator.  She currently serves a editor for the James Renwick Alliance Craft Quarterly as well as the JRA’s Programs and Marketing Manager. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Finlandia University and her masters degree in Curatorial Practice from MICA. Before moving to the DC region, she worked for American Art Marketing, a company with galleries in Manhattan that specialized in putting on art fairs across the east coast and she worked briefly at The Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY.

Jaimianne will use her experiences to speak about the business of marketing and promoting your ceramics. The talk will include basic distribution channels and creative ways to market specific types of work. With knowledge in both the for-profit and non-profit fields, her talk will include exhibition proposals, juried shows and art fairs with time for questions and answers at the end. Bring your questions and your notebooks. 

November 27, 2017 – Natalia Kormeluk (potter in Rockville, MD)

Natalia Kormeluk CupWater-etched Decoration and Cultural Crosscurrents

The presentation will consist of a slide show of Natalia’s recent visit to Opishne, Ukraine, the location of the National Museum of Ukrainian Pottery and The International Institute of Ceramics. Opishne is to pottery in Ukraine today, as Mashiko is to Japanese potters. She will share slides of traditional pottery and the collection of clay sculptures maintained in outdoor gardens from past International Symposiums. She will also bring her pieces to show the process of using shellac and water on porcelain to achieve a relief on the surface. Natalia will trace her interest in present-day techniques and materials and the influence of more traditional pottery on her work.



December 2017 — no meeting


January 22, 2018 – Joan Ulrich (Workhouse Art Center)

2018 Jan presenter Joan Ulrich teapotJoan is currently an instructor and resident artist at both the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, and at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Her distinctive functional work has won many awards for its elegant, sophisticated design. She will be showing her work and discussing her approach to her creative surface treatments. You can check out a preview of her work on her website:





February 26, 2018 – Steve Yarnall (Potters’ Guild of Frederick)


March 26, 2018 – Tameria Martinez (Frederick Clay Studio)


April 23, 2018


May 2018 TBD — possible potluck dinner and juried show event