A splash of sass as clay artists ‘Pour it on!’

Saucy forms handle all things sweet and savory as artists tout pieces with spouts, creating pitchers, ewers, teapots and more in a “Pour it on!” extravaganza.

The Washington Ceramic Guild artists meditate on silhouettes that handle sauces from soyu to syrup. Here’s the pitch for pitchers for everything from iced tea, gravy, dressings and the creamer on top.

The “Pour it on!” show is presented in conjunction with “Tabletop Ceramics” at the neighboring Art League Gallery, an international juried exhibit of works designed for food, drink and the table.

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.

Handmade work is accompanied by a selection of free Summer recipes from the artists’ kitchens, adding a personal note.

Forms are everything from organic, with fluted tulip shapes, to contemporary, with stark black and white finishes. Sculpted finials, earthy edges and hand painted accents are found on teapots, wine ewers and sake sets.

Brown stoneware teapot and cups with brushpainted pandas among bamboo by Tracie Griffith Tso of Reston, Va. Photo by Guy Zoller

Brown stoneware teapot and cups with brushpainted pandas among bamboo by Tracie Griffith Tso of Reston, Va. Photo by Guy Zoller

Creativity flows in glazing as crystals float on a surface of a sea of plates, bowls and vases. Aquatic life is depicted with etched detailing and brushstrokes on languid tableware and tiles. Waterflowers grace cups and servers while textural whirlpools are made from dribbles of seafoam glaze and natural swirls.

Klaudia Levin pitcher

Klaudia Levin pitcher

The practical functional as well as decorative inspirations get a makeover, as batter bowls exude style and earth-made yet aquatic-inspired sculptural works take center stage.

Sweet sugar and creamer set by Hiromi Minemura of Rockville, Md.

Sweet sugar and creamer set by Hiromi Minemura of Rockville, Md.

Take a dip into coolness of clay and see a refreshing take on liquid aspirations, creatively contained.

Sapphire batter bowl with indented detailing by Chris Coyle of Glenn Dale, Md.

Sapphire batter bowl with indented detailing by Chris Coyle of Glenn Dale, Md.

The Ceramic Guild show at Scope Gallery runs June 1 to June 28, 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 “Tableware Ceramics” show at the Art League Gallery located in Studio 21, runs June 3 to July 6; 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., closed July 4, for Independence Day. For further information, call the Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780, visit www.theartleague.org and visit ‘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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