Art to klin for

Hilda Eiber believes that clay has endless possibilities

Hilda Eiber believes that clay has endless possibilities

August 09, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- As a child in Munich, Germany, Hilda Eiber, 71, could often be found outside making mud pies.

"That must have been foreboding," Eiber said with a laugh, her English still German-accented.

Or it just could have been in her genes. Years later, Eiber found out her great-great-grandfather was a potter.

Today, Eiber has been an artist for most of her life. She creates works in a variety of media including oils, watercolors, ceramic sculpture and art pottery.

The current show at the Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg, W.Va., features her new pottery and ceramic sculpture. An opening reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The show will continue through Saturday, Sept. 5.

Eiber's studio is in the basement of her Falling Waters home. She has shelves of pots and sculpture pieces that are waiting either for firing or for glazing. Some pieces still have to dry. More completed pieces that will be part of her exhibit are in her living room waiting to be moved to the gallery.


Eiber had already been an accomplished painter when she decided to venture into pottery. In the early 1980s, she was running a gourmet carry-out in Washington, D.C., when she wanted to add a special touch to the restaurant.

"I wanted (art) pieces to serve food on," she said. "I like pottery because of its earthy look."

Soon she was studying with Vally Possony, whose work is in the permanent collection of The Phillips Gallery in Washington.

Eiber has had several solo exhibits in Hagerstown, Martinsburg, and Washington, and participated in group shows such as the Art Bridge with Japan in New York.

She also passed on her love of art to youngsters when she taught art for 10 years at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Eiber said when people come to see her work, she wants them to appreciate what pottery can be.

"I want them to see what's possible," she said. "The possibilities are endless."

If you go ...

WHAT: New pottery works by Hilda Eiber

WHEN: Opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug 15; show continues through Saturday, Sept. 5

WHERE: Redbrick Gallery, 404 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

CONTACT: 304-261-1089

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays

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