NBC Prime-Time Debut for Torpedo Factory Artist Chris Erney

Remember to watch “Constantine” tonight on NBC at 10pm to see the Voodoo props designed and decorated in Studio 33 by Chris Erney and Zane Wylie. Here’s a sneak peek — you’ll have to watch the show tonight to see the big reveal! To see more of Chris Read More …

Meet two sculptors behind the artwork at the newly completed Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial

Meet the two sculptors behind the artwork at the newly completed Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial on September 4 at the Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street in Alexandria. The Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery served as the burial place for about 1,700 African Americans who fled Read More …

“Fooling Around with Clay”: Jamie Fine at Morrison House

In recent years, locals have praised “Morrison House Presents,” a free discussion series that spotlights artists, authors, historians, and other cultural figures who have keen insights to share with Alexandrians. The monthly salon, held at the elegant Morrison House Hotel on Alfred Street, is always Read More …

Shaping a recovery: Jamie Fine returns to the Torpedo Factory

“Flora,” white stoneware, copper What happens when a sudden injury threatens to sever an artist from her work? Back in December, ceramicist and sculptor Jamie Fine was forced to confront an artist’s greatest fear. “We were just strolling home from a local restaurant not 500 Read More …

A shield for the Green Berets: Chris Erney honors the U.S. Special Forces

As Memorial Day approaches, sculptor and metalworker Chris Erney recalls a recent visitor to his Torpedo Factory studio who brought news of a challenge—and posed an interesting design challenge of his own. “You never know who’s wandering through,” Erney says. “In the past, I’ve even Read More …

“Fathom”: exploring another world at Waverly Street Gallery

When glass artist Alison Sigethy and sculptor Liz Lescault met through their mutual interest in kayaking, they discovered another odd and wonderful coincidence: both of them had an affinity for making forms that looked like otherworldly life. Lescault quickly invited Sigethy to participate in an Read More …

Myth and nature by the numbers: the many media of Chris Erney

Last week, Chris Erney noticed a new endorsement of his work: forehead prints on his studio window. “I guess that’s a compliment!” he says with a grin, pointing out the gently swaying fish sculptures that Torpedo Factory visitors were apparently straining to see—fine examples of Read More …

“IGNITE”: Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo fires up histories in clay

“I love working with clay,” says ceramicist and sculptor Carlos Beltrán Baldiviezo. “I love its history—both mythical and real—and its amazing versatility. Clay, being so malleable and supple in your hands, can absorb any information given to it and, by its very nature, preserve itself Read More …