Greg Holmes

Artist Statement

Combining clay earth, metal, and wood with fine craftsmanship, in ways that complement each other, has become my fascination as a ceramic artist. Whether they are wheel-thrown symmetrical vessels or assembled convex/concave vessels with undulating planes, the addition of copper, silver, and wood accents to these wood-fired forms has become my signature approach to ceramics. As the creative process continues to evolve, I look to nature for interesting textures, earth-tone colors, metals, and woods to create surface treatments that I find exciting and aesthetically stimulating.


I graduated in 1975 with a BA in Art from SUNY Plattsburgh, concentrating in photography, ceramics, and drawing. Shortly after graduating, I was fortunate to have had my porcelain reduction crystalline work represented by The Works Gallery (Pelham, NY) and The Works Gallery East (East Hampton, NY). From 1977 to 1980, I taught ceramics in upstate New York. In 1978 and 1979, I received two NEA grants while I was cofounder/publisher/editor of Portfolio—an educational fine art photography publication. My fine art photography was exhibited and published in national shows and publications. In May 1980, I accepted a photography position with the federal government in Bethesda, Maryland. Eight years later, I left the government for the corporate world. After a 30+ year career in creative direction, marketing, photography, and design, I began working full-time as a clay artist. In the summer of 2015, I launched my website and began showing my ceramic work to the public.

2016-2019, I served as Vice President of Programs for the Montgomery Potter’s Guild (Maryland’s largest and oldest ceramic guild) and previously served three years (2012-2015) as Co-President of the Guild.

Recent shows/events include:

  • March 2024 NCECA (National Council of Education for Ceramic Arts), Monocacy River Pottery Group, Innerwork Center Gallery (Richmond, VA)
  • July 2023: Artists’ Gallery, Featured Retrospective Artist Show: A Primitive, Primal, & Personal Journey (Ellicott City, MD)
  • June 2023: Creative Crafts Council- 34th Biennial Juried Exhibition (Strathmore Mansion, N. Bethesda, MD)
  • June 2022: Artists’ Gallery, Featured Artist Show: Stoking the Flames (Ellicott City, MD)
  • May 2022: ACC (American Craft Council) Show (Baltimore, MD; May 20th - 22nd)
  • June 2021: Creative Crafts Council- 33rd Biennial Juried Exhibition (Strathmore Mansion, N. Bethesda, MD)
  • July 2019: Artists’ Gallery, Featured Artist Show: Dancing With the Flames (Ellicott City, MD)
  • June 2019: Creative Crafts Council- 32nd Biennial Juried Exhibition (Strathmore Mansion, N. Bethesda, MD)
  • June 2019: Columbia Art Center, Featured Solo Artist Show: Dancing With the Kiln Gods (Columbia, MD)
  • Feb 2019: ACC (American Craft Council) Show (Baltimore, MD; Feb 22nd – 24th)
  • Nov 2018: Montgomery Potters Guild/The Clay CoOp Gallery, Juror: Ray Bogle (Rockville, MD). Award—2nd Place
  • Oct 2018: KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2018 (Kansas City, MO). Award—Best Woodfired Teabowl Purchase
  • Aug 2018: The Clay CoOp- Proximity, Juror: Kevin Rohde (Rockville, MD)
  • Aug 2018: Workhouse Clay International 2018 (Lorton, VA)
  • July 2018: The Meeting House Gallery- Kaleidoscope, Featured Ceramist (Columbia, MD)
  • May 2018: Artists’ Gallery New Member (Ellicott City, MD)
  • Apr 2018: Princeton University Art Museum Store, purchased tea jars & tea bowls for resale (Princeton, NJ)
  • Feb 2018: ACC (American Craft Council) Show (Baltimore, MD; Feb 23rd – 25th)
  • Nov 2017: District Clay Center- Shino Splendor Juried Show (Special invitation by Joe Hicks, Juror); (Washington, DC)
  • Sept 2017: The Companion Gallery- Conductivity, The Many Faces of Copper, Juror: Dick Lehman (Humbolt,TN). Award—The Most Unexpected Use of Copper
  • Aug 2017: The Popcorn Gallery- Awardees, Creative Craft Council Show (Glen Echo, MD)
  • July 2017: The Clay CoOp- Proximity, Juror: Tim Sherman (Rockville, MD)
  • July 2017: Montgomery Potters Guild/Sandy Spring Museum, Juror: Lisa York (Sandy Spring, MD)
  • May 2017: Creative Crafts Council- 31st Biennial Juried Exhibition (Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD). Award—Montgomery Potter’s Guild
  • May 2017: Columbia Art Center- Healing Hands, Invitational (Columbia, MD)
  • Feb 2017: ACC (American Craft Council) Show (Baltimore, MD Feb 24th – 26th)
  • Nov 2016: District Clay Center- 40 Artists: Home Grown Talent (Washington, DC)
  • July 2016: The Clay CoOp- Proximity, Juror: Catherine White (Rockville, MD)
  • Apr 2016: Columbia Art Center- Blossoms of Hope, Invitational (Columbia, MD)
  • Sept 2015: Baltimore Clayworks- 35th Anniversary Juried Exhibition (Baltimore, MD)
  • June 2015: Creative Crafts Council- 30th Biennial Juried Exhibition (Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD)
  • May 2015: The Meeting House Gallery- Eye of the Beholder, Featured Ceramist (Columbia, MD)
  • Apr 2015: Columbia Art Center- Portraits & Profiles, Invitational (Columbia, MD)