Born in Louisiana, but a resident of many places in childhood, Hunt Prothro has pursued multiple vocations beyond ceramics, including a multi-decade career as a rock climber. The development of his 19th century stone house into a working studio and gallery has also been a central project for many years, resulting in a site unique in the area. In all things, he employs an inveterate ability to attend to detail, texture, and form.
As a student of Marguerite Wildenhain in the 1970s, Hunt developed deep technical skills in ceramics that are informed by a painterly instinct and hand. He has worked as a teacher in several settings, including Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. and Deep Springs College.
Hunt has exhibited widely but especially on the East Coast. His work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine. He has been published in Studio Potter magazine and delivered multiple lectures to NCECA and to the College Arts Association.
He lives and works at his studio in Western Maryland, just 45 minutes outside DC, and is married to Eleni Valasis, a professional writer and painter.
1972-78 Pond Farm Workshops, Guerneville, CA, Marguerite Wildenhain, director
1971 Hanover College, Indiana, BA, Theology and Literature
1973-2017 Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC, adjunct instructor in art
2009 Hood College, Frederick, MD, adjunct instructor in art history
1984-2000 Maryland State Arts Council, Artist-in-Education Program, resident artist
1991 Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA, adjunct instructor in art
1973-1974 Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, adjunct instructor in art
2020 Monocacy River Pottery Group: A Conscious Collective, NCECA 2020 Concurrent Exhibition
2020 Cumberland Valley Art Exhibition, WCMFA, Hagerstown, MD, (also 2018, 2019)
2019 53rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, TX
2019 Twin Cups, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
2009 Montgomery College Art Gallery, Rockville, MD, group show
2007 College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD, one-person show, Surface Tension
2005 Harford Community College, MD, NCECA, 2005, Concurrent Exhibition
2002 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, participant (also, 1994 and 1997)
2002 UC, San Bernardino, “Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Students”, group show
1984 Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, MD, one-person show
1976 Havre de Grace Art Show, Havre de Grace, MD, “Best in Show”
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS/ GRANTS/ AWARDS
2007 NCECA Special Session Speaker, “Notes from the Paleolithic Project,” CAA, NYC
2002 Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Award
1999 Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Award
1999 Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2023 Cumberland Valley Show, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (also 2018, 2019, and 2020)
2023 NCECA, Concurrent Exhibition, "Texture as Subliminal Experience"
2017 “Who is Marguerite Wildenhain,” NCECA 2017, Portland, OR, lecture
2010 Critical: Santa Fe, ceramic art conference, Santa Fe, NM, organizing team member
2009 “An Incident in Class,” Studio Potter, Winter, 2009
2008 “Hunt Prothro: Surface Tension," Ceramics Monthly magazine, March, 2008
2008 “Accommodations of Desire,” NCECA 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, lecture
2007 “Memoir of Marguerite: A Student Recollection”, in Marguerite Wildenhain and the
Bauhaus, South Bear Press, ed. Dean and Gerry Schwartz
2006 “Notes from the Paleolithic Project: Transience and Singularity,” NCECA, 2006, lecture
1986 “Rob Barnard at Anton Gallery, WDC,” The New Arts Examiner
1980 “Marguerite Wildenhain, Sustained Presence,” American Craft, September, 1980
Who is Marguerite Wildenhain