Lorton Workhouse Cup Exhibit: Drink This!

“The seemingly endless stream of creative endeavor from ceramic artists never ceases to amaze me,” says Phil Rogers, juror for the Lorton Workhouse International Cup Show ‘Drink This!’  Many regional makers are included in this exhibit, including Allison Coles Severance:

Allison Coles Severance mug, part of Drink This! at the Workhouse.

Allison Coles Severance mug, part of Drink This! at the Workhouse.

The exhibit runs January 10 (opening) through February 2.

While the Workhouse opened as an Arts Center in approximately 2008, its’ past use as an open-air prison for vagrants and derelicts is quite rich.  Situated along the Occoquan River in Lorton, The Workhouse Prison opened in 1910 in the format of an ‘industrial farm’ where prisoners built their housing and food system from scratch. Women were also housed in the Workhouse, including suffragists protesting in DC.  The Workhouse Museum is worth a visit while you’re there.

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