About Us

Dallas Pottery Invitational was developed thirteen years ago to widen public knowledge about the breadth and depth of functional ceramics today. Beginning in April 2008, The Janette Kennedy Gallery of Dallas hosted some of the nation's most recognized functional ceramicists on an annual basis through 2011. These four shows were a unique opportunity for collectors and the art buying public to talk to the individual artists while viewing their work. In April 2012, the annual Spring show moved to the suburb of Addison, to The Gallery at Addison Visitors Center, where it continued to grow and gain appeal in its new location. In 2016, the event moved again to the Empire Room in the Design District of Dallas, Texas. This venue has proven to be a huge success with greater accessibility, free parking and plenty of room for our artists and partners to showcase their wares and products.


In recent years, the art scene in the greater Dallas area has flourished. Yet it has overlooked functional pottery, continuing the myth that such work cannot be viewed as 'art'. We consider this to be a disservice to the Dallas public. It is our hope that the Dallas Pottery Invitational has and will continue to change this misconception.


We are proud to host five guest artists this year: Clay LeonardBeth Lo,  Donna PolsenoSue Tirrell, and 

Emily Schroeder Willis.  Also featured are our core group of artists:  Amy HalkoDaphne Roehr Hatcher

Gary HatcherLiz LurieBrooks OliverLisa Orr  and Louise Rosenfield. Please visit the individual artist pages

for more information on each artist and view their incredible pottery.


Using handmade pottery every day offers the potential for a moment of reverie, giving you the opportunity to examine an often-overlooked aspect of daily life which can bring special meaning to the ordinary.