Get down to Earth by Going Green

Downsize what goes curbside with clay as artists offer recycle/reuse upgrades to household disposables with its “Going Green” show by the Washington Ceramic Guild.

Cozy up to clay, because being earth-friendly is better for the environment. Potters offer canisters, cookery and tableware as an upgrade to plasticware and paper plates. Stuff the styrofoam and get a taste of artistry with a mug or tumbler from our drink ware selection. Sippable stoneware selections overshadow the Starbucks tumbler and teabag.

Brown stoneware covered teabowl with incised top and brushpainted hummingbird and lotus by Tracie Griffith Tso of Reston, Va.

Brown stoneware covered teabowl with incised top and brushpainted hummingbird and lotus by Tracie Griffith Tso of Reston, Va.

Planetary love inspires vessels a la verde as sea foam, teal, sage and emerald hues centerpiece the natural world. Leaves scatter on platters and wild critters tromp across tablescapes. Fruit impressions grace plates as water scenes add sparkle to bowls.

Shino-glazed high-fire porcelain sake set by Martin Karcher of Washington, D.C.

Shino-glazed high-fire porcelain sake set by Martin Karcher of Washington, D.C.

Don’t tarry with Tupperware, go ultra-retro with an impressive party of pottery. Trash the travel mug for a handmade lidded cup. Sushi should not be on sectional plastic, rather on a hand painted fish plate. Takeout is better taken out and displayed on dishware. While flamingos flourish on some lawns and plaster gnomes haunt doorways, add un upgrade of handmade high-fire sculptural art.

Handbuilt high-fire stoneware serving plate and rice bowl set by Heidi Schramm of Arlington, Va.

Handbuilt high-fire stoneware serving plate and rice bowl set by Heidi Schramm of Arlington, Va.

Scope Gallery artists’ Earth Day inspirations will feature a “Toasting” drinkables display and is in conjunction with with Art League’s “Bits and Pieces” show, a celebration of the recycle/reuse movement with found art.

If a modern-day, green-eyed monster is envious of the beauty Spring brings, give our world two green thumbs up and an eco-boost.

Gold and green mugs by Klaudia Levin of Silver Spring, Md.

Gold and green mugs by Klaudia Levin of Silver Spring, Md.

The Ceramic Guild show at Scope Gallery runs March 30 to May 3, closed Easter, April 5; 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, visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope and ‘Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’ on Facebook. The “Bits and Pieces” show at the Art League Gallery located in Studio 21, runs April 8 to May 4; hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. For further information, call the Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780, visit www.theartleague.org and ‘The Art League’ on Facebook.


The Ceramic Guild is an organization of over 40 juried Washington D.C. area artists working in the clay medium. Organization members exhibit themed shows every other month at the artist-run cooperative Scope Gallery in Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center. Visit The Ceramic Guild at Scope Gallery on Facebook.

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