Along the course of human development, emerged the discovery of pottery making and how pieces could be crafted for specific purposes. Most likely, it began with the simple bowl in which to hold liquid and food while squatting beneath a tree or adjacent a fire for dining with friends and family. Those pieces were highly valued for their functionality.
Different communities developed techniques for making various functional dishware and containers. Their shapes were treated as valuable designs, and soon creators learned how to customize their appearance by adding artistic images and patterns.
In later times, Royalty cherished their servingware as it often came from prized crafts people, sometimes in distant lands. Fine food was served in a manner that respected its contents and the guests at the table. This brings us to the theme “Bringing artisan baked wares to the holiday table.”
“Bringing artisan baked wares to the holiday table
Alexandria, Va., October 28, 2013 -- Take the chill out of the house, dazzle the in-laws and warm up to artful culinary containers handmade by the potters at Scope Gallery's "Fresh Out of the Oven" show.
Whether your holiday spread will be with friends or family, artisan tableware will frame cooked creations beautifully. Stoneware and porcelain pottery is oven and microwave-safe after being fired in excess of 2000° F.
Bring on the brie to be baked, greet the holidays with green bean casserole, brown that bird and pop in the pumpkin pie. Washington Ceramic Guild artists have baking dishes for those who feast on quiche or want an arty tart. Coming out of the oven, yams yearn for sweetly painted servers. Dressing will be at its best in a handmade handled dish. Twice baked potatoes are doubly nice in an brilliant bakeware.
Covered casseroles keep stew steamy, mashed potatoes creamy and help with leftovers folded into turkey tetrazzini. Ham is upcycled in artisan soup or creamy gratin. Baked crabcakes, mushrooms and pastry starters stud textured and painted trays and platters. Finish with festive cookies and cakes on a pedestal plate.
The Ceramic Guild show runs October 28 to December 1, closed on November 28, Thanksgiving Day; 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 and the Ceramic Guild at Scope Gallery on Facebook.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314