photo credit: Ken Ek Photography

When: Friday, August 16th, 2019

2:00pm – 3:00pm


Where: JASWDC Office – Multipurpose Room

1819 L Street, NW, Ste. B2, Washington, DC 20036


JASWDC invites our members and guests to join us as we dive headfirst in to the ceramic arts with renowned pottery and ceramics expert, Willi Singleton. Singleton’s expertise in Japanese wood-fire pottery techniques and his unique focus on ‘placeness’ are sure to enthrall listeners as he shares his talent and his experiences from his apprenticeship in Tamba, Japan to his current work here in the United States.

Willi Singleton has been wood-firing his climbing kiln in Kempton, Pennsylvania for thirty years, using mostly clay taken from Hawk Mountain mixed with Stancill’s clay from the northern Chesapeake coast.  Singleton’s pieces are mostly glazed using primarily ash glazes.  His glazes are made from corn stalk ash, bamboo ash and wood ash, in addition to creek clay from his back yard, although small amounts of silica, kaolin and oxides are also added.

Singleton is currently assistant professor of art at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, where he teaches ceramics.  Singleton studied Visual Art at The Evergreen State College (1981) before pursuing wood-fired ceramics in Japan from 1981 to 1987.  He built his Mashiko style climbing kiln on family land below Hawk Mountain in 1987, and has maintained his studio there ever since.  Singleton received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in 2016.

In reference to his work, Singleton has noted saying, “I think of my work as a gentle rebellion against the anonymity of objects in the world today.  In our daily lives we are surrounded by anonymous (even if “branded”) manufactured objects that may be convenient to use but disconnected from any sense of place.  In my work, I make things which are embedded in place; my materials are my umbilical connection to this valley in which I live and work, my processes are my connection to ceramics history (largely Asian ceramics history), and my finished pots are my connection to users of my pots around the world.  Both metaphorically and in concrete terms, my pieces are my place. ”


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