The pottery by Joe Campbell carried at the Gallery Shop has been inspired by vessels made for use in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies. All of the pieces, from tea bowls to flower vases, are high-fire stoneware; many have been fired twice to achieve their complex and layered surfaces. Joe had a show at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery in 2009. Other recent exhibits include Chi Contemporary Fine Arts in Brooklyn, NY and Asian Influences Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
Joe is a member of the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. He has been a full-time professor at Frederick Community College since 1992, teaching ceramics, design, drawing, and art history
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.