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Date: March 14, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Hosts Exhibit of Contemporary Pottery
‘East Meets West’ Showcases Works from 10 Top American Potters

PHOTO EDITORS: For high-resolution images to accompany this release, click on these links: Kieffer.jpg, Hensley.jpg, Sequoia.jpg.

Montgomery College is currently hosting an exhibit of contemporary pottery to showcase the talents of 10 top potters in the United States today. “East Meets West” will be on display through April 7 at the College’s Rockville Campus Art Gallery.

Organized by Art Professor Kevin Hluch, the exhibit brings together the varied viewpoints and technical and aesthetic approaches of distinguished ceramic artists working on the West and East Coasts of the United States. The potters from the West Coast are Trent Burkett, Robert Brady, Sequoia Miller, Kathryn Finnerty and Andrew Martin. The East Coast potters include Bill Van Gilder, Rob Barnard, Richard Hensley, James Chalkley, and Kristen Kieffer.

“These art objects were created not to be isolated behind glass walls and considered only for contemplative purposes,” said Hluch, who organized the exhibit at Montgomery College. “By its very nature pottery is designed for everyday use. The objects represented in this exhibition have only a temporary residence in the limelight of the gallery. Their true fate lies in the home where they will lend their delightful presence to the daily processes of living.”

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Paul Peck Art Building. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 6–8 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
For more information, contact the Art Gallery at 301-279-5115 or visit

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