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Dennis Stark

My life has been a journey of two phases, each with its own challenges and rewards. I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that I have had in both phases, and for the people who have supported and inspired me along the way. 

For the first phase of my life, I devoted 32 years to the field of software engineering and program management. 

At age 50, I decided to pursue a significant departure from my previous career. I took my first pottery class at Frederick Pottery School, where I met my instructor, Phil Berneburg. Phil introduced me to the art and craft of pottery and inspired me to explore different techniques and styles. I was fascinated by the process of shaping clay, glazing, and firing, and the endless possibilities of creating functional and beautiful objects.

Phil and I partnered to create Washington Street Studios, a community studio and pottery school that offers classes, workshops, and studio space for pottery enthusiasts. We also built a soda kiln, which allows us to decorate our pottery with fire, using soda, and flame effects to create unique patterns and colors on the surface.

I prefer to make functional pottery, such as mugs, bowls, plates, and vases, that are designed and created for the cupboard and not the display shelf. I want my pottery to be used daily, to bring joy and beauty to everyday life. I am happiest when I see my pottery in the hands of my customers, friends, and family, and hear their feedback and appreciation.

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