I have a personal reason to never to forget Valentine’s Day, as that it is the day after my wedding anniversary. If I had been more careful in planning, I could have combined the two special days into one by just nudging over a day. However, at the time, I could not wait one more second for the wedding to happen. Now, every year I shop for two special gifts.
Sometimes, I get a heart-shaped ceramic bud vase that hangs on the wall. We collect those. This year, I want to see what the Scope Gallery has in mind for personal entertainment as suggested in their theme.
Anyway, February is a great month to get cozy with your sweetie and to shower her with artful accessories, etcetera. There is lots of that at the Scope Gallery.
This year, the are calling their February show, “Wine and Dine,” as in “Wine and Dine with your Valentine,” via Tracy Griffith, their spokesperson.
She provided the details:
“Alexandria, Va., February 8, 2013 -- In time for a Valentine, "Be Mine" can be said with wine and ceramic keepsakes at the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Scope Gallery.
The minds of Washington Ceramic Guild artists are wound around vino as they create dinnerware, wine delights and romantic gifts in clay for the "Wine & Dine" show.
Sweetie would love a bud vase, ring holder or trinket box as much as you. Give a one-of-a-kind to your original with an artist-created centerpiece. Impress with a selection of fine ceramic artistry in sculpture, wall tiles and tableware.
Show good taste at tastings. Handmade plates with incised decorations frame a French country pate. Artisan cheeses and crackers display on handpainted trays while rustic bakers serve brie. There are jars and condiment dishes for quince paste, honey and fig jam and snack dishes for nuts and dried fruits. Earthy ceramic strainers ferry grapes and berries from sink to table.
Wine ewers, cups and wine coasters highlight the main attraction. Start with sculpted decanters for aperitifs and end elegantly with textured mini pitchers for digestifs. Stoneware pitchers come in splashy, glassy green for a fruity sangria. Sets of decanters and cups are classic for sake or plum wine.
Be the toast of the town with your Valentine, whether complex, reserved, sparkling or spicy, a ceramic surprise is fresher than the basic bouquet.
The Ceramic Guild show runs February 8 to March 3; 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."
Slideshow images: Handbuilt stoneware decanter with crystal stopper by Christine Moerenhout-Hubloue of McLean, Va.; Wine coaster with sculpted grape cluster detail by Mia van Zelst of Alexandria, Va., Impressionist animal ewer by Jennifer Dinkelmeyer of Alexandria, Va.; Textured merlot heart pocket hanging vase by Linda Bernard of Laurel, Md. Photo by Guy Zoller; Incised cobalt cheese/starter tray with condiment dish by Chris Coyle of Glenn Dale, Md.