Over the past couple of years I've been fortunate to collaborate with chef Mathew Krammerer at the Harbor House Inn to create some unique pottery for his guests to enjoy. Pictured above are small, side-pouring teapots called Kyushu(s), which are destined for the dining room. Matt gives all the artists he works with free reign to do what they do best, but he was insistent that the textured surface of these teapots remain unglazed. To this I willingly agreed, recognizing as Matt did that an unglazed surface would compliment, rather than contrast, the unmatched beauty of the Mendocino coast which the Inn seeks to underscore.
For our Immersion in Tea Workshop, Carl Christenson assembled his portable tea house so that participants could have the full experience of Chado—the way of tea—before going on to make their own tea bowls. It was a beautiful weekend, with the sound of the nearby river adding its own ambiance to the overall serenity.
Please come and join Marion and I for the opening reception of our joint show, "Tea and Silk," this First Friday, July 6th at Northcoast Artists Gallery, Fort Bragg, CA. There will be wine, aperitifs, and music along with a large display of new ceramics and silk eco prints.