History

Founded in 1967, the Montgomery Potters is a clay club located in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are a diverse group of clay enthusiasts, and our membership consists of ceramic artists and potters with varying levels of experience and skill. We have members from parts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia who focus on all types of ceramic art and surface decoration techniques from wheel thrown functional ware fired in a wood kiln to decorative sculptures fired in oxidation.

Since its inception, the Montgomery Potters have striven to build a community that brings clay artists together, shares knowledge and ideas, and fosters the spirit of friendship and creativity. Clay is the thread that ties our community together, and we support all processes and techniques for giving life to our chosen medium.

The following is a brief timeline of the founding of the Montgomery Potters.

1952 – The forerunner of the Montgomery Potters was the “Clay Pigeons”, founded by students in an adult education class at Kensington Junior High School.  Their stated purpose was to exchange information and to increase community interest in the ceramic arts.

1954 – The group joined with eight area craft groups to form the “Creative Craft Council”. The first Clay Pigeons show was held at the Homewood Recreational Center.

1967 – The name of the group was changed to “Montgomery Potters”.

1970 – The first show and sale were held at the Garrett Park Town Hall.

1976 – The new constitution was adopted, and the first Spring Sale was held on New Hampshire Ave.

1984 – The Montgomery Potters’ library was begun and is currently housed at the Lynbrook Center where the monthly meetings are held.

1986 – The first judged, all member show was exhibited at Glen Echo.

2017 – Constitution and Bylaws were amended/updated and adopted.

2019 – The Club held its 50th Anniversary sale at Garrett Park.

2020-2021 – The Club moved to Zoom meetings for both programs and the business meeting, in response to Covid-19 restrictions and the Closing of the Lynbrook Center.

2021 – The Club held its first Touring Sale in place of a stationary sale, due to covid-19, with great success.