Pottery dates back thousands and thousands of years. From its early beginnings, pottery served decorative and functional purposes. That practice continues today with an a wide array of pottery available to those seeking it for its artistic value and for its practical uses. Here are five leading galleries and shops for pottery in the Washington, D.C. area.
Hinckley Pottery
3132 Blues Alley, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007

Jill Hinckley has been a fixture in the local pottery community for 40 years. Hinckley Pottery, in Washington, D.C.’s historic Georgetown neighborhood, serves as her studio and gallery. Hinckley uses the the studio not only to create her own pottery but also to host public classes and a residency program. Her work and the work of visiting potters are showcased in the gallery. The gallery’s collection is typically a mix of decorative and functional pieces. Hinckley also has a shop at her gallery that carries many hard to find pottery making tools.

Glen Echo Pottery
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 229-5585

Glen Echo Pottery operates a gallery Saturdays and Sundays from April through December at historic Glen Echo Park in Montgomery County, Maryland. It features works by its instructors and advanced students. All the works are for sale and represent a mix of functional pieces such as cups, bowls, jars, vases, and casseroles, and decorative pieces include raku, jewelry and sculptural vessels. Visitors to the gallery are able to watch advanced potters demonstrate various pottery making techniques.

David Bell Antiques
1655 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 601-8429

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jim Carrey, Lorraine Bracco and Paul McCartney have all been customers of David Bell Antiques. Operating for more than two decades, it is one of the city’s top providers of antique furniture and decorative objects. Significant pottery pieces from artists such as David Cressey and Gunnar Nylund are often among the shop’s collection.

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Appalachian Spring
50 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 682-0505

President Bill Clinton would frequently stop at Appalachian Spring’s store in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station during the holiday gifting season. The store features only handcrafted items made in the U.S. Appalachian Spring carries works from many professional master potters include Robin Cage, Loren Lukens and Royce Yoder. In addition to the Union Station location, it has four addition stores in the Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia areas.

Scope Gallery At Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St., Studio 19
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-6288

The Kiln Club and the Ceramic Guild jointly operate Scope Gallery and alternate showing the works of their members. The gallery is located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in historic Old Town Alexandria. Visitors will find a variety of crystalline glazing, salt, raku and wood-fired vessels and pit and horse-hair pottery. The gallery’s exhibitors are selected by award-winning, nationally-recognized experts via a juried competition.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets. http://www.examiner.com/wine-and-spirits-travel-3-in-washington-dc/troy-petenbrink