Williamsburg's delft on the Eastern Shore
If you missed Williamsburg's popular exhibit "British Delft From Colonial Williamsburg," you could catch it on its two-year nationwide tour in Palm Beach or Oklahoma City or Memphis. Or you could travel to the Eastern Shore, where it will be on view Friday through May 4 at the Historical Society of Talbot County, 25 S. Washington St. in Easton.
More than 200 pieces of this Chinese-influenced, blue-and-white pottery will be on display. Williamsburg's collection ranks among the best in the world and includes items from the 16th century through the early 19th century.
The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 1, when Sunday hours (noon to 3 p.m.) will be added. Admission is $5. For more information, call the historical society at (410) 822-0773. Tortoise finishes in home accessories have been a best seller at the high end for years. Now faux tortoise is exploding onto the mass-market scene, as a fabric print or in glass and plastic. The variegated brown-and-amber of tortoise looks great in all sorts of settings, from funky casual to sophisticated.
Pictured are a hurricane lamp cover over a pillar candle, a small votive candle holder and a bowl for floating candles, all in tortoise-shell glass. Look for them in Pier 1 stores in the fall. They look like found objects, bits of broken statuary or friezes with a cherub head or ivy or birds on them. But these bonded marble shards were made to be shards, and they are one of the most popular products produced by Hen-Feathers, a home and garden accessories wholesaler.
A great gift, the shards can be hung by a hook, placed on a little stand or simply displayed on a windowsill or coffee table. They can also be put in the garden.
You can find shards at Stebbins Anderson in Towson, Gerrior's Nursery in Annapolis, and Stillridge Herb Farm in Ellicott City and Annapolis. "African Design/American Homes" will be the centerpiece of Home & Garden Television's tribute to Black History Month. The one-hour cable program will explore the influence of African culture and art on American home furnishings and interior design, with tours of homes and commentary by experts. TV personality Spencer Christian will be the host of the program, scheduled for Feb. 16 at 9 p.m.
Other Home & Garden programs in honor of Black History Month include "Architect to the Stars: Paul Williams" (Feb. 2, 9 p.m.) and two episodes of a "A Gardener's Diary." The first features Pearl Fryer, noted topiary expert, on Feb. 3, 10: 30 p.m., and the other, the first and only African-American unit of the National Chrysanthemum Society on Feb. 17, 10: 30 p.m.