John Christopher Landers

  • Proprietor
  • The Clay CoOp

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The society we live in today is constantly in a rush, with most not taking the time to stop and appreciate life. When we fail to pause and notice the seemingly insignificant details of the world around us, we are robbing ourselves of meaningful thoughts and introspections. It is my goal to help with this habit by introducing handmade objects into the rituals of daily life. Through my work, I hope that you will be able to touch, sense, and enjoy the everyday phenomena that we as a society so frequently overlook.
My journey began on my grandparent’s farm in Southern Maryland. It was there that I first remember taking notice of the intricacies of my environment. I paid careful attention to the workings of the nature surrounding me, as well as the minor, yet in my mind notably significant, details of that nature. It was this quest for beauty in the minuscule and unnoticed that causes me now to look to these shapes, and patterns in the world around me.
I find solace in my process, working hard to attempt a feeling of effortless existence in my pots. I work with purpose and rhythm to try and find that elusive balance that becomes perfectly imperfect. It is my sincere hope that by exposing the public to my visions of the simplistic and imperfect, I will encourage my observers to take some time out of their hectic routine to appreciate the beauty of the under appreciated aspects of ones daily life.

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Teacher at District Clay Center

Present Washington, DC

Teacher at Frederick Clay Studio

Present Frederick, MD

Proprietor at The Clay CoOp

Present Rockville, MD


M.F.A. Candidate at Hood College

Present Frederick, MD

Graduate Ceramics Program at West Virgina University

Jingdezhen, China

B.S. Graphic Design at Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

A.A. Studio Arts at Montgomery College

Takoma Park, MD


Shino Exhibition JICC Group

Japanese Information and Cultural Center Washington, DC

Shino Invitational Group

District Clay Center Washington, DC

Cup: The Intimate Object XIII Group

Charlie Cummings Gallery Chapel Hill, NC

& Co. group

Artists and Makers Rockville, MD

National Beer Vessel Invitational Group

District Clay Center Washington, DC

Proximity Group

The Clay CoOp Rockville, MD

Juror: Tim Sherman

Representing Ourselves Group

The Sandy Spring Museum Sandy Spring, MD

Juror: Lisa York

Home Grown Talent Group

District Clay Center Washington, DC

Proximity Group

The Clay CoOp Rockville, MD

Juror: Cathrine White

98 Days in China Group

The Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen, China

Beer Cup Exhibition Group

Joes Movement Emporium Breantwood, Md


Glaze ChemistryPorcelainWheel thrown and hand built ceramicsWood fireTeaching