A good PR hack serves up a good story with some colorful language. Tracie Griffith lobbed “Merriment in the mud” so I am going to sling it back. The news is that potters at the Scope Gallery located in the Torpedo Factory are ready for the gifting season. Macy’s may be a nice place for a Cuisnart appliance, but if you want an artistic gift that will be cherished a lifetime, you should consider pottery made by a local artist.
Some of my favorite potters have work exhibited for sale by members of the Ceramic Guild.
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Martin Karcher makes his work at the Lee Arts Center. He is a diligent artisan whose work is distinguished by floral treatment, often on serving plates. However, I have a teapot with matching cups with wicker handles and a finely sculpted pattern on all pieces that are most distinguished when serving high tea.
Karin Abromaitis is a multitalented artist. Her bowl shown here reads, “What will you plant in your heart’s garden?” She is profound.
“Karin Abromaitis is a director; performer; movement, fight and dance choreographer; teacher; and potter and jeweler. Her classes in physical performance skills for the actor are presented regularly throughout the DC metro area. She is currently on the faculty of George Washington University, and often teaches for Georgetown University, Montgomery College, and the Theatre Lab.”
“I studied painting and art history at American University. Later I found working with clay exciting. It transformed my world. I use layered glazes on my ceramic pieces which result in vibrant colors. Recently I have begun using crystalline glazes which produce elegant visual effects, though the outcome is unpredictable. I sell my work in the metropolitan D.C. area and also at Scope Gallery in Alexandria, VA.”
You see her work often at the Scope Gallery. In this exhibit she shows an architectural vase that is interesting by its glaze, shape, and geometric design.
Tracie is on a roll:
“Wedding whites need not be nondescript with crystalline-glazed vases and plates. A housewarming is warmer with a covered casserole or an architectural vase. Anniversaries are sweeter with a carved keepsake box or colorful candy dish.
Marriage merchandise need not be bought at Macy’s, as platters, place settings and handmade touches might be more personal. Baby shower shopping can move beyond the onesie with handpainted tea sets and bowls.
A promotion: Toast a new post with a sake set. Father’s Day: Bring cheers with a man mug. A birthday or engagement: Celebratory cake displayed on a pedestal plate! A farewell: a thrown pencil cup to start a desk set.
A thank you will be more thoughtful with an artistic trivet or teacup. An elegant platter will please the perfect hostess. Retirement will be more relaxing with wine connoisseur gifts including chillers, goblets and coasters.”
The Ceramic Guild show runs June 3 to 30; hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 105 North Union Street, ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria, VA. 22314. For further information, call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.