The Kiln Club is a professional organization for working ceramic artists, serious continuing students and supporters of the ceramic arts. The purpose of the organization is to stimulate interest in the art of ceramics and to provide a means through our meetings for the mutual study and discussion of the techniques and problems of producing ceramic work. The group is also involved in promoting public exhibitions. This is being accomplished with ceramic shows at various locations in this area, as well as at the Scope Gallery.

The Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. was organized in 1946 with a membership of seventeen. The original group was drawn from an advanced class in ceramics taught by Mrs. Ollie Palmer Long at Friendship Settlement House in Southeast Washington, and from individuals who were using the facilities there.

From 1950 through 1965, the Kiln Club organized, first annually, then biennially, the International Ceramic Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The shows were in three sections: a regional section, an invitational section, and an international section. It gave many a first look at the work of ceramists from outside this area and from other countries.

Since 1974 the main exhibition site for work by Juried Members of the Kiln Club is Scope Gallery. The Gallery is on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. It is open year round, 7 days a week from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.


                                                        Scope Gallery

                                                         105 N. Union Street

                                                         Alexandria, Virginia



    MEMBERSHIP in the Kiln Club is open to anyone interested in the ceramic arts. In order to show and sell at Scope Gallery one must be a juried member of the Club. Please refer to our page titled “Becoming a Member” to see full details.

    MEETINGS are in February, April, June, September and November, on the third Wednesday of these months at the Lee Art Center in Arlington, VA. Meetings include a potluck supper, a business meeting and a program. Scheduled meetings will be posted on the Calendar of Events page as well as in a monthly newsletter sent to members of the Club. The newsletter is posted on the Newsletter pages of this website. Anyone interested in clay may attend regular Kiln Club meetings.

    SCOPE GALLERY is the official exhibition and sales showplace of the Kiln Club. It is a requirement of the Torpedo Factory that all who show at Scope be Juried Members of the Kiln Club. Learn more about Scope Gallery at scopegallery.org.

   OTHER SHOWS August Clearance Sale, Bethesda Elementary School, Bethesda, MD. All Kiln Club Members are welcome to participate.

Members of the Kiln Club are encouraged to participate in the Biennial Creative Craft Council Exhibition. Please see the page with information on the Creative Craft Council.


Scope Gallery - www.scopegallery.org

Torpedo Factory Art Center - http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.htm

Lee Arts Center - http://www.arlingtonarts.org/venues/lee-arts-center.aspx

Clay Connection - http://www.theclayconnection.org

Montgomery Potters - www.montgomerypotters.org

Manassas Clay - www.manassasclay.com  -  a clay supplier, gallery and teaching

    facility in the western suburbs of Virginia.

Clayworks Supplies, Inc. - www.clayworksupplies.com  -  a clay supplier

    in Alexandria, VA. 5704 General Washington Dr., Suite C - 703-256-7500

The Kiln Doctor - www.thekilndoctor.com/ (540) 636-6016

Creative Crafts Council - http://creativecraftscouncil.org - The Creative Cr

Bradley Birkhimer - a kiln repairman http://www.bradleybirkhimer.com

District Clay - classes and workshops. A fully equipped, spacious studio facility - www.districtclay.com

Waverly Street Gallery www.waverlystreetgallery.com        Waverly Street Gallery - one of DC’s premier art galleries featuring contemporary artists.

A professional organization for ceramic artists

in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area