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Beauty and the Beasts: Torpedo Factory’s Ceramic Animals

Tracie Griffith Tso siamese tea

Siamese Tea by Tracie Griffith Tso

The Scope Gallery, the ceramics co-op arm of Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, displays the latest works from the Kiln Club, “Beauty and the Beasts.” The focus is on decorative and functional handmade pottery with an animal theme, everything from sculptures of birds, pandas and elephants, to a creamer and sugar set with painted chicken, to dog or nut bowls with painted squirrels. “All the dishware is microwave/dishwasher/oven/food-safe. This is to-be-used pottery,” says the gallery’s Tracie Griffith. “We take great pains to fire those pots at 2,000 degrees.”

Elephant Sculpture by Trinka Roeckelein

Elephant Sculpture by Trinka Roeckelein

Opens Monday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. Runs through Sept. 28 at the Scope Gallery of Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-548-6288 or visit

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