Showing March 6 - April 2, 2017

Artists Dig Deep, find Impressive, Expressive Treasure Trove

In a celebration of parks, gardens and open spaces, artists elevate the natural earthiness of the clay surface, exploring natural world. Witness the Earth's awakening to Spring in a creative way. Information on Alexandria's parks and activities will be available at the gallery.


Abstract landscapes and vistas are depicted on oblong platters. Dishware is imprinted with leaves or painted with freehand florals. Virginia dogwoods float on trays and servers. Flower vases come in a rainbow of shades and a spectrum of shapes from charming wall-hung pockets, stately high-necked numbers, contemporary contoured Japanese ikebana shapes or brilliant box vases.

Class up your abode with a noble thistle-incised, boat-shaped centerpiece. Give the houseplants an artistic edge with handmade, vivid flower pots or present wildflowers in a charming kitchen pitcher. Accents elevating the glorious outdoors range from chalice lamps to birdhouses to hanging tiles.


Nurturing early sprigs and sprouts inspire creative groundbreaking, leading some down the garden path trailing into the great outdoors.


Under the Scope


Hippos, elephants, giraffes, donkeys, a bright orange flipper and even a Frog Prince may greet you at the Scope Gallery. Created by sculptress Trinka Roeckelein, these unique whimsical creatures delight visitors of all ages.


Before discovering the joy of clay, Trinka earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design and worked as a graphic designer for 15 yrs. She also taught classes in photo manipulation on the computer, 2D and 3D design, and design history at George Washington University, Hood College and American University. But, photos and designs were just not enough! Trinka started sculpting human figures and then shifted her focus to animals. She has travelled on safari to remote areas in Botswana to examine animals in their natural habitats.  A native Washingtonian, Trinka is inspired by the vastly different habitats and landscapes in Botswana. She hopes her sculptures will encourage respect both for animals and the environment(s) needed to sustain them—and us!


In creating her figures, Trinka studies the photos she has taken on her safaris and then uses a combination of techniques to build a piece. The hippos, for example, are made on a hollow armature, while the donkeys are built from a solid block of clay and then hollowed out and finished with added coiled sections. Then, she gives them personality. She likes them to be happy and whimsical and make people smile.  She is very successful!


Her figures range in size from about 3” to 22” in height and 4” to 14” in length. The hippo (see attached photo) is 7” high, 6.5” wide and 14” long. She uses either Standard 266 or Soldate clay for most of her sculptures and constructs and fires them in her studio at home. She uses a variety of surface techniques, sometimes applying clay slips and underglazes while the work is leather hard before it is bisque fired. She also uses oxide washes and commercial glazes. To achieve the effect she wants, she may fire a piece several times.


Trinka was juried into Scope in 2014. In addition to Scope, she sometimes exhibits at Gallery Underground and the Focus Gallery in Crystal City, VA, Gallery 75 in Alexandria, VA, and at Sterling and Burke and the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C.


For more of Trinka’s creations, check out her website –

Scope Gallery

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.

Ground Floor, Studio 19

Alexandria, Va 22314.

Phone: 703-548-6288


10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Check the Torpedo Factory website for early closings for private events at

Scope Gallery is a cooperative gallery shared by two of the oldest ceramic organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. The Kiln Club and the Ceramic Guild alternate months in this shared space. See calendar page for 2017 gallery schedule.