Purpose: 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

A professional organization for ceramic artists in the metropolitan

Washington, D.C. area

e-mail: kilnclub@gmail.com

The Kiln Club of Washington


    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, usually on the third Wednesday of these months at the Lee Art Center in Arlington, VA. Meetings usually include 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 blog 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, B-CC High School, Bethesda, MD. All Kiln Club Members may participate in this show which is held the first Saturday in August of each year.

In the fall of each year the Kiln Club sponsors a sale at the Colvin Run Mill which is open to all members.

The spring sale for the Kiln Club is at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182

Members of the Kiln Club are encouraged to participate in the Biennial Creative Craft Council Exhibition.


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.

  Creative Clay Studios - www.creativeclaypottery.com  -  a clay supplier and teach-

ing facility in the Washington metropolitan area.

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

The Creative Crafts Council - http://creativecraftscouncil.org - The Creative Crafts Council is an umbrella organization of fine craft guilds in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Kiln Repair - Bradley Birkhimer at http://www.bradleybirkhimer.com

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