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February riddle from the Scope Gallery

Stoneware hand painted bird box inset with handmade paper by Jennifer Coffin of Fairfax, Va.
Stoneware hand painted bird box inset with handmade paper by Jennifer Coffin of Fairfax, Va.
Photo by Guy Zoller

Next month’s pottery exhibit at the Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory serves up some things special for the Valentine season. Tracie Griffith conducts the overture with the tap of her baton, [tap,tap,tap] “Once More with Feeling: Improvised and Inspired Clay Creations.”

The Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory
Jeff Watson, potter at the Scope Gallery

Now here is the riddle: “If roses seem repetitive, massages a bit mushy and love crooning particularly contrived” what do you do?

Answer: “Try the original angle of ceramic artistry with amore.”

Those are nice attributes, "improvised and inspired”. These things are opposites, are they not? Not exactly. Improvised means spontaneously created, and inspired means of extraordinary quality that is the result of creative impulse. Whatever, pottery art comes from the heart and the hands of skilled crafts.

“Whether it is for an anniversary, Valentine's Day or a ‘thinking of you,’ handmade pottery shows flashes of endearing brilliance to your Baby. Looking to reach a crescendo, a ring holder or valet dish gives the hint of commitment. The variation of vases will conjure memories long after flowers fade. Artwork gives affection a voice as sweets can be presented with dishes and trinket boxes are an artistic home to timeless treasures.

Want to get cozy with a cutie? If Lovey-Dovey likes warblers, sculpted bird cups and creamers strikes the right cord. Looking for an amphibian prince that puckers up -- frog fans will fall for the green guy on painted dishes. If kitty things appeal to your cupcake, plates with Fluffy are something to caterwaul about.

Fine tune dining with an old flame, by presenting a wine chiller, coaster or ewer. Find harmony in wall tiles for your Angel-face, cups for Casanova and a teapot for precious Puddin'. Dispense delights with olive oil carafes, syrup mini pitchers and honey pots for your heartthrob. There are whiskey tumblers for studly seducers who like to sip. If your Honeybunch is extremely artistic, consider a sculpture that sings praises or bear statuettes that inspire cuddles.

Valentine's Day does not have to be a fully-staged production, just a chorus of clay creativity shows you are in tune with your special someone.”

Scope Gallery

Whew, is it getting warm in here? They are fired up at the Scope Gallery.

The Kiln Club show runs Jan. 30 to Feb. 23, 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 the Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit

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