Mulch much? Dig dirt? Kiln Club artists at the Torpedo Factory Art Center are creating handmade marvels with mud to echo hues, creating a vibrant “Spring Palette.”
Put some Spring in your prep with green thumb-friendly originals to brighten the home, making it a garden of delights.
Add flower power as creative energy makes vases in a rainbow of styles. Pick a pocket vase for floral accents in unexpected places and small spaces. A sculptural circle vase to adds drama to a display. A smokey pit-fired vase or contoured crystalline-glazed form compliments contemporary interiors. Low-profile Japanese ikebana style vessels work nicely on the coffee table while boat-shaped centerpieces finish a dining room or hall surface.
Vases go vegetal, imprinted and painted with leaves, flowers and pods. Platters pollinate as handpainted florals flourish. Trinket boxes bloom, draped with incised flower accents while baskets are crowned with natural grapevine or bamboo handles.
This year the terracotta seems trite, plastic pots are weather weary and gnomes need a new home. Spruce up with some Springy things like handmade hanging tiles of landscape, plant and animal scenes. Add some splashy planters in stoneware and flowerpots with artisan texturing.
Trending toward topiary, artists have original sculptural accents for the patio from figural statues to elegant candlesticks to garden guardians.
Whether your passion is vegetables, herbs, fruits or flowers, artists’ minds have made a masterpiece for any collection.
The Kiln Club show runs May 4 to 31, 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, Alexandria, VA. 22314. For further information call the Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope and ‘Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’ on Facebook.