Programs for 2019-2020 Montgomery Potters Meetings

September 23, 2019 – Mike Poness

Award winning architect Michael Poness will talk about his transition from architecture to ceramics and about his current process of making. He describes his work:

Poness-Sept2019“As an architect and ceramist, I am continuously fascinated by how one discipline informs the other. As an architect, I deal with form, closure, structure, penetration, finishes, hardware, etc. The basic forms at the potters’ disposal, the cylinder, sphere, cube, cone, and slab are the basis of many buildings as well. The notion of form and function similarly is applicable to both disciplines.

The creative process and the rigor of architectural design are aspects of my work that I bring to creating ceramic vessels. In architecture, a statement of requirements, a program, usually precedes the building design. The process begins with rough sketches. The design is developed with more detail, models, computer-aided-design and finally technical documents for construction. It is typical for a building to take two or three years from the conceptual design to occupancy. The making of pots follows a similar linear process from start to finish, albeit in far less time. Virtually, all of my more complex vessels begin with a sketch of series or sketches. I try to work out the shapes and proportions before sitting down at the wheel with the clay.

My pots typically have a strong base, middle, and top. This is the tripartite vertical organization found in buildings. I’m particularly drawn to lidded pieces which correlates to designing roofs for buildings. Another approach I use is to combine slabs with thrown forms. This combination of the plane or wall and the pure form has architectural precedents as well. A typical example of a vessel is a slab bisecting a cylinder. The slab then extends down to form one leg of a tripod base and up to form the lid and knob. I also enjoy lifting the piece with legs or feet, a gesture to columns in buildings. I draw on fine arts as an inspiration for surface decoration and texture”.

Mr. Poness won “Best in Show” at the Creative Craft Council 2015 exhibition and honorable mention at this year’s 2019 CCC exhibition. He works out of the Glen Echo Pottery, Glen Echo, Maryland.

 

October 28, 2019 — Yixing Teapots (and Report Back from MP Trip to China)

MP members who visited China in summer 2019 with Professor Bi will share highlights of the teapot workshop we took in Yixing, China. We will demonstrate the teapots we made and describe the techniques used. We will also share other stories and photos from our trip.

 

November 25, 2019 - Yixing Teapots (and Report Back from MP Trip to China)

MP members who visited China in summer 2019 with Professor Bi will share highlights of the teapot workshop we took in Yixing, China. We will demonstrate the teapots we made and describe the techniques used. We will also share other stories and photos from our trip.

 

 

December 23, 2019

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January 27, 2020 

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February 24, 2020 – Speaker TBD

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March 23, 2020 – Speaker TBD

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April 20, 2020 – Speaker TBD

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May 19, 2019–Pot Luck Dinner

We will meet at Chris Landers’ house for a potluck dinner from 1-4pm. In case of rain, the date will move to May 26, 1-4pm. The address will be included in the May newsletter.