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With a new season comes fresh focus, steady rhythms, and the occasional surprise. From upcoming shows and a deeper connection to photographing my work, to new darker clay with no glazes and rich surfaces, time is rolling on. Wood is piling up for the next firing, the next batch of forms coming to life on the wheel. Plans for visiting stokers, teaching sessions, and shows both near and back to the good things continue!

As a new venture this year, visit Potomac Clay, a blog and listserve exploring the crossroads of art and nature, focusing on clay and the Potomac Watershed. From events and things for sale, to opportunities to learn, give, and explore, I'll be doing my best to highligh what is happening in this neck of the woods.


Potomac Clay Weekend: April 25 & 26, 2015: The Second Annual Potomac Clay Weekend stems from the abovementioned crossroads of clay and nature...come visit the ceramics studios of Joy Bridy Pottery, Pam and Ren Parziale's Sycamore Pottery (Leetown WV), Lisa Kovatch Pottery (Harpers Ferry WV), Bill Van Gilder Pottery (MD), and Kirke Martin's M4 Studios (MD), all while hiking, biking and driving along the C&O Canal and the Appalachian Trail! (map on page at link above)

Fire Hall Gallery, Charles Town WV, May 2015: Joy Bridy Pottery: Play.
Inspired by 6 years of working with students at Shepherdstown Day Care, this body of work is a bit different. The work of children is to play, and often the hard work of artists is to continue to play, even when we love what we are already making. New work follows the spirit of free play, process-based exploration, and the healthy, thriving sense of fun that I see in the classroom each week.

Charles Town Farmers Market: Beginning April 11, the deleriously complex market closes Samuel Street, dusts off the festive tents, and begins the 2015 season of local food! Local pots are part of local food, for what would you possibly want to put your amazing breakfast in, but a handmade bowl. CTFM mugs (second edition) will be available every week at the main market tent. For your more diverse ceramic array, I'll be there each and every month, on the second weekend of the month: April 18, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, and October 10.

Fire Hall Gallery, September, 2015: Over the Mountain Studio Tour: Together.
With 24 artists, craftspersons and makers working together on the region's beloved studio tour, the idea of collaborating in our work came out of a deep celebration for what we do and the high level of skill within our members. By physically working together on collaborative work, we find ourselves edged in new and exciting diections, and pushing our own skills and trades a little further. Managed by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, these two shows will be exciting opportunities to see local art first hand....mark your calendar

The Cooley Gallery: Leesburg VA, October 2015
If you've never been to Leesburg, or if you have and love it, come out to the Cooley Gallery in October to see new work, fresh from the autumn firing. More info as autumn approaches...

The White Room Gallery As a special treat for folks visiting Thomas WV and Blackwater Falls, or hiking in the Monogahela Forest of WV, my work is available in the coolest little gallery in the state...stop in and tell them how great they are, and pick up a piece of pottery, a repurposed wall sculpture, or a print by local WV artists.

Westwind Potters: In the heart of historic Harpers Ferry, Westwind has been promoting pottery from across the nation, near and far, for 30 years. As a featured Regional Artist, my wares are front-and-center to the gallery, so after your hike on the Appalachian Trail, Maryland Heights, or the C&O Trail, stop in to take a peek...that's after you get an ice cream cone, of course!

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia: Nestled deep in WV, Tamarack features just that...amazing quality handmade wares from all over the state. From furniture to duck calls, quilts and pottery, wreaths and iron amazing and diverse selection from a complex and creative state.

Do you shop Etsy? My wood fired work is available off-and-on, as the whim strikes, particularly the single favorites that I've stashed on the top shelves for inspiration, the reliable favorites, and any special requests. Let me know what you're looking for, because I just might have it.

Visit the studio any time by calling or emailing in advance to make sure I'll be here. I love showing new visitors around, and there are more pieces here than anywhere else, from sculptures to functional'll find exactly what you're looking for, I'll bet.


If you will be visiting the DC area from out of town, give me a ring and stop by. I'm located about 20 minutes south of Route 70 and Hagerstown, amongst the ghosts of the battlefields along the Potomac River, and am always up for a visit...... the coffee or tea is hot, perfect for catching up with old friends and new acquaintances.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Joy Bridy