Dana Lehrer Danze demonstrates joining two wheel-thrown parts together. Photo by Rex Looney.
Welcome to the Clay Connection!
The Clay Connection began shortly after Jane Cullum, George Brown, and Linda Bowman participated in the 1991 Fairfax County Fair during a hot, slow day. They were able to spend a lot of time talking and exchanging insights and ideas about pottery in the local region. All were local potters.
They had such a good time at the Fair that they decided to meet again to discuss the possibility of establishing an inclusive forum for potters to meet, talk, and generally network among themselves. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They held a planning meeting, put together a list of all the potters they knew (about 100 names), and invited these potters to meet in Jane's family room. About 20 potters attended the first meeting.
Today, the Clay Connection exists as an organization because our members are genuinely enthused by our networking events, Biennial Clay Conference, annual High School Show and other programs it sponsors. Founded in 1991, The Clay Connection became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1996.
The Clay Connection has 3 main goals:
- Educating members about the art, styles, and techniques of pottery.
- Promoting community awareness and appreciation of pottery as a hobby, a profession, and an art form.
- Exposing members to the local, regional, national and international community of potters.