Programs for 2018-2019 Montgomery Potters Meetings

September 24, 2018 – Dr. Xiaosheng Bi 

Dr. Xiaosheng Bi was raised in the countryside near Xian, China, an area that was China’s ancient capital for centuries and is replete with traditional Chinese art and culture. After studying graphic design, Xiaosheng worked at the Xian Craft Art Research Institute where he traveled throughout China to study and document classical and folk art. In 1989, he was admitted to the Ceramic Art Department within the College of Art at Qinghua University in Beijing, China where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and then taught ceramics for eight years. In 1997 Xiaosheng immigrated to the United States and soon established himself as a ceramist and teacher in Chicago. In 2004 he moved to the Washington, D.C. area and now lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and young daughter.

Dr. Bi will talk about his work, and will discuss plans for the tour of China that he will lead for a group of potters in 2019, including the tea pot workshop included in the trip.

October 29, 2018 – MP Juried Exhibition Jurying and Presentation by Ray Bogle

MP members who would like to participate in the fall 2018 juried exhibition should bring your work to this meeting for in person jurying. Our juror this year is Ray Bogle, who will also give a presentation about his work. He describes his journey with clay:

I’ve worked with clay since I was a senior in high school and had no idea how clay would affect my life. I thought it was just a class that was going to get me 3 more credits toward graduation? Following high school, I enlisted in the Air Force where I spent 20 years fixing airplanes. While in the military I continued to “play with clay” and in 1984 got my first potter’s wheel. I taught a few classes, sold work at an occasional show, and lots of people received pottery at Christmas time. Also, I began exploring raku and made LOTS of mistakes while learning this technique.

Upon retiring from the Air Force I became an “I.T. Guy”. Around this time, I began to teach more classes, became a member of a local co-op Gallery, and began teaching classes at AnnMarie Gardens in Solomons Island, Maryland. In 2010, I was able to build a full studio and have used this to further my own studies and share with others. In 2015, I built a small gas kiln and continue to explore reduction firing techniques. I’m hoping to become a consultant “I.T. Guy” in 2019 where I will have more control over my schedule and can fill time with additional teaching and workshop opportunities.



November 26, 2018

Laurel Lukaszewski is a Prince George’s County, Maryland based artist who creates installations and sculptures primarily from clay. Her work is influenced by a love of rhythms and patterns found in nature and her study of and work with Japan over the past three decades. In 2014, Laurel founded White Point Studio in Mt. Rainer, MD. She describes her work:

LukaszewskiL_LGSG2018I am fascinated by repetitive forms found in nature, in patterns that seem to make sense out of chaos, and the rhythm of objects as they move through time.  I enjoy the poignancy that exists on the edge of celebration and loss, capturing the nostalgia that occurs when one suddenly experiences something long forgotten.  Most of my installations reflect the notion of a moment captured in time, a liberal nod to a concept originally from the Japanese tea ceremony, “ichi-go ichi-e,” which translated means something close to “in one lifetime, one meeting” or “once in a lifetime.”

My works, whether created from extruded clay forms resembling three-dimensional line drawings or individually sculpted objects that multiply into the thousands, are often installed on-site in response to their surroundings, taking advantage of architectural elements or reacting to the way shadows play upon the work. When the works are moved, they are dismantled and if reinstalled, will be configured differently to respond to their new space.  For me, this mutability is a fascinating and important aspect of the work, realizing that it will only exist as it is in the present.




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March 25, 2019


April 22, 2019


May 27, 2019–Pot Luck Dinner