Pencil Me Forward

Catch Artist Joe Hicks’ Ceramics Exhibit at Brentwood Arts Exchange Before it Ends August 18

By Annamarya Scaccia

ceramicIf you grew up before the CDs—and then mp3—took a hold of the music industry, then you remember the magic of cassette tapes.

You remember the insurmountable joy in holding up your Walkman to your radio and recording your favorite songs to play on repeat later. You remember taking your pencil and using it to reward or forward your tape, almost to a point of insanity. You remember the simplicity of musical youth.

Prince Georgians missing those days when cassettes ruled the world have the chance to go back in time just by visiting the In the Craft Showcase: Joe Hicks exhibit at Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood. Running through Saturday, August 18, the showcase features large stoneware vessels imprinted with cassette tape prints, all hand crafted by Hicks, a local ceramist and sculptor. The stunning pieces are displayed in the gallery’s front windows.

Hicks’ recent work is an outcome of his interest in “Recordable Surfaces.”  The cassette tape graphics are from the tape’s outer hard shell, which he uses to embellish his stoneware during the firing process. The artist focuses on the chemical reactions that result from the interaction between carbon in the kiln and iron in the clay and glaze, allowing Hicks to “record the images and patterns” appearing on his pieces.

For more information, visit

In the Craft Showcase: Joe Hicks

Through Saturday, August 18

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Avenue

Brentwood, MD 20722

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, August 6, 2012

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