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Artisans Center of Virginia

 River District Potters: Sara Adams, Susan Hornbostel, Doris Jones, Nancy Nord

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Sara Adams creates earthenware and stoneware pots by hand building. She loves to feel the clay take shape from her hands. She glows with satisfaction when someone says they want to live with one of her creations. Sara took some Jeanne Drevas workshops, which is where these four potters converged; Jeanne inspired our colorful pots. Sara currently works at Guy Mason Ceramics in DC; she learned throwing pots from Susan Jacobs at Eastern Market Pottery, DC and took workshops at Glen Echo Pottery. Sara has attended area workshops conducted by Jeanne Drevas, Michael Hough, Emily Schroeder, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Brent Thomas, Jayne Shatz and Lana Wilson.

Susan Hornbostel likes to make things. In the 70s and 80s, it was silkscreens at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. While living in Rio de Janeiro, 1981 to 1985, it was etching and engraving at the Ana Leticia printmaking studio in Niteroi. In the 90s, Susan was designing gardens in DC, having studied landscape design at GW. After moving full time to Rappahannock County in 2008, she started studying pottery with Jeanne Drevas, then at the Orange Art Center with Sally Mickley, and later with Randy Bill at City Clay in Charlottesville. In this show, Susan is working largely with the cylinder form in white clay; masks and faces reflect her ongoing interests in portraits and theater.

Doris Jones has taken classes in hand building with Jeanne Drevas, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Lana Wilson, Jayne Shatz and has recently taken classes in Charlottesville with Randy Bill and Steve Palmer. She likes creating funky teapots, pitchers and a variety of cups, bowls,platters and a few pigs, chickens and geese. She has been living in Rappahannock County for the past 22 years enjoying this beautiful vibrant county.

Nancy Nord currently creates both wheel-thrown and hand built pottery. She loves to paint on her pots and uses the clay as a canvas for fruits, vegetables, herbs and the other culinary treats that the pots may eventually hold. She has worked at Glen Echo Pottery, and studied at Penland School of Craft, and with Rappahannock potters Suzanne Zylonis and Jeanne Drevas. She finds that pottery provides a creative outlet from the stresses that life in the DC area can throw at a person.

Professional Distinction: Demonstrations, Exhibition

Sara Adams

Member of Trail Networks:
Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, site # 32

202 256-7005



Working studio: we often work 11am - 5pm, Friday - Sunday

7 River Lane, Studio 3B
Sperryville, VA 22740