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Ceramics and glass for gift-giving at Bookplace

11/28/2016 09:52AM ● By J. Chambless

Bookplace is featuring a holiday show of ceramics and glass by regional artists through Jan. 3.

By John Chambless
Staff Writer

The endless creative possiblities of ceramics and glass are on view at Bookplace in Oxford this month, and if you want to find some one-of-a-kind gifts, you can certainly do it here.
The range of styles is broad, with traditional redware crocks that would fit into any country decor, as well as pieces that are definitely more art than functional.
Lauren Vanni has some unusual serving and display pieces that blend what look like traditional quilt patterns with Asian-influenced designs. Carole Fox has some splendid glazes on several of her vases and bowls, two of which suggest the depth and drama of Van Gogh's "Starry Night."
Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis, a Lebanon-based artist, has a variety of lovely small items that would make great gifts, including adorable bunny pins, snowflake ornaments, cups and small vessels with an Asian influence but a distinctly modern edge. They're a deft combination of styles.
There's an earthy, elemental quality to the bowls and cups made by Gill Mallinckrodt, with earth-tone colors and evidence of the maker's hand clearly visible.
Maryland-based artist Maggie Creshkoff has a series of ancient-looking pots and vessels that have been scorched and blackened to give them an air of being ancient artifacts from some unknown civilization. There's a motif of sculpted doll faces tucked into them or molded to the surfaces. Slightly eerie and definitely distinctive, they make a strong statement.
Marijke van Buchem, an Elkton artist, has some sinuous vessels that echo the female form, two terra cotta figures of dancers, and some vessels that have a whimsical, otherworldly appearance. It's a nice cross-section of styles.
Also, Kevin Lehman has a table full of skillfully made glass pumpkins and bowls that have real character and a nice sense of whimsy.
"Ceramics and Glass" continues at Bookplace (2373 Baltimore Pike, Oxford) through Jan. 3. There is an artist reception on Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Exhibiting artists are Marijke van Buchem, Maggie Creshkoff, Carole Fox, Carolyn Hess, Kevin Lehman, Gill Mallinckrodt, Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis and Lauren Vanni. Store hours are Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 717-715-4775 or visit

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