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Hello Friends! Please join me and a group of local ceramicists on Sunday, June 24th, for the 2nd annual LOCAL POTTERY SALE.

This year Kuzeh Pottery is hosting. It is being held on the lovely Monroe Street Arts Walk in Brookland. There's a lot to see over there, and if you've never been then this is the perfect opportunity. You can eat at Fox Loves Taco (yum), you can visit Kicheco, Stitch and Rivet, Latela Art Gallery, and support some local potters.

Where: Arts Walk at Monroe

Street Market

716 Monroe St NE,

Washington, DC 20017

When: Sunday, June 24th,

11am-5pm

What: Functional and decorative pots made by all of your local and favorite potters in DC, MD, and VA.

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-- Here's what I've been up to in 2018 --

CONTEMPLATES AT

Have you been to the Line Hotel yet?! It's an experience not to be missed, and be sure to eat at Spoken English. It's a unique DC culinary experience and has opened to rave reviews. I could not imagine a better home for my contemplates. Make you reservation here.

'Spoken English is a Tachinomiya-style neighborhood space located within the LINE DC. This standing-room only restaurant welcomes open-minded patrons willing to engage in new interactions with neighbors, strangers, and friends alike. Spoken English brings back the lost art of conversation in a fast-paced city. Serving exclusive sake selections alongside classic and street style dishes from Asia until late night. Kitchen helmed by James Wozniuk and Matthew Crowley.'

And in case you're wondering what Contemplates are - they're quick collages I make with ceramic decals on commercial plates. I usually just use rescues from the thrift store (there are a bunch of these the Spoken English) but the majority of the pieces I've decorated are Keith Kreeger porcelain plates. He's an amazing ceramicist from Austen.

I think of them as stream of consciousness creations. I love the humor and the surreal nature of the surprises that occur from combining images that don't really go together. Contemplates are dinner conversation starters! Decals, also known as transfer or indirect printing, are primarily applied in an industrial or commercial setting. They are used to adorn and mark ceramic and glassware in a manner that is more uniform and time efficient than hand painting. Ceramic decals have been around since the mid-18th century, and many china floral patterns, mugs with images and text, and souvenir plates commonly seen are decorated with ceramic decals. The inks they are printed with are called enamels and are made of colored mineral pigments. They are applied to the glazed surface and then fired in a kiln, at approximately 1400°F, until they are fused to the piece.

I've been working hard on the coffee and tea service for Minibar! What can I say about this place? It goes above and beyond. Tom Sietsema describes it quite well (below) in his Washington post review of Minibar as one of the best restaurants in DC.

'There are other mind-bending restaurants in the country — Alinea inChicago, Vespertine in Los Angeles — but the truth is, their tricks don’t taste as good as those at this futuristic theater in the round. There are equally costly magic shows, but none that will leave you as giddy after having dropped $1,000 for two. Even the hand-rinsing ritual is different here; instead of the moist towels everyone else proffers, guests are introduced to a bowl of cool Japanese stones massaged with house-made herb oil. Just when I think José Andrés and his fleet of talented chefs can’t possibly improve on their last performance, they prove me wrong. Of the 30 or so mini courses on a recent menu, only a few were repeats — the world’s sheerest pizza margherita, mojitos designed to be eaten off lime wedges — from the year before. And some of the new ideas were as impressive as anything that has ever come out of the kitchen, which shares some of its recipes via line drawings on the chalkboard walls. Before the fun is over, you may have scooped up basil foam and balsamic vinegar “caviar” with edible Parmesan spoons; dispatched a langoustine still wriggling from its trip from Scotland; laughed at the spheres of pureed broccoli and cheddary potatoes in an enlightened version of Stouffer’s, this one upgraded (to the moon) with Dungeness crab; and discovered the affinity white chocolate has for shiso leaves. Yet another of the many details that sets Minibar apart from its avant-garde peers is the willingness of the staff, led by head chef Joshua Hermias, who cook in front of no more than a dozen diners at two counters, to pull back the curtain on how they make some of their magic. If you’ve never watched cups spun from beeswax — you know, for beeswax ice cream — you’re in for a marvel.'

MUGS FOR THE WING!

(aka: no mans land)

The Wing is a network of co-working and community spaces designed for women only. It started in NYC and now there's one in Georgetown. The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community. "We believe that the act of coming together as women creates new opportunities, ideas and conversations that will lead to greater mobility and prosperity for womankind." Is it possible that these 75 Hollow Work mugs will only ever be touched by the lips of women? I hope so!

Check out the Wing's website here.

See more pictures of this beautiful space here.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you on Sunday!


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American Craft Council Show

Hello Friends! Next weekend I'll be at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. If you've never been to this event, and you like handmade items, then don't miss it because it is GIANT. There will be over 650 vendors selling ceramics, glass, woodwork, jewelry, textiles, etc. I'm part of the Hip Pop artists program, and I'll be in booth 733-2. Purchase your tickets HERE and learn more about the ACC HERE.

I focused in on one body of work (difficult for me!) for this show, and I'm very proud of the results. I'm especially excited to show my new rainbow porcelain pieces. I'm also participating in the Wholesale market on February 21 - 22. If you're interested in attending the wholesale market click HERE.

A RAKE'S PROGRESS

Here is a batch of mise en place pieces I made for A Rake's Progress.

A Rake's Progress is a new restaurant at the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan where, "James Beard Award–winning chef Spike Gjerde cooks what he sources from Mid-Atlantic farms and waters. For the last decade at his Baltimore restaurant Woodberry Kitchen, Spike has been a learner and a teacher of the terroir of the region — only using ingredients found within his food system. Now in DC, he cooks from an expanded landscape with a flavor all its own. Every night a banquet at A Rake’s — generous company, high spirits and conviviality."

This is the beautiful space. I think this chandelier is made from organ pipes, but I'm not sure. Also, this is where the Obamas celebrated Michelle's birthday:). Make your reservation HERE!

In case you're wondering what's with the name: "A Rake's Progress is a series of eight paintings by 18th-century English artist William Hogarth. The canvases were produced in 1732–34, then engraved in 1734 and published in print form in 1735. The series shows the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution and gambling, and as a consequence is imprisoned in the Fleet Prison and ultimately Bethlem Hospital. The original paintings are in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum in London."


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I'm having my Open Studio Sale this Sunday, December 17th 2017, from 11 - 4.  Please come by! 

In addition to a bunch of new work, I'll be clearing my studio of a year's worth of seconds. 

Seconds are pieces with minor flaws, like glaze imperfections or warping.  Seconds are also leftovers from commissions or experiments that just don't fit in with the rest of my work.  The pieces that really bug me get smashed (I'm very picky), but the pots that I feel can still have a good life out in the world and bring joy to their owners I keep and sell for a heavily discounted prices. There will be some serious deals to be had! 

I've had an amazing 2017, and I'm so thankful for all of your support!  Please come and celebrate with me. 

As always, kids are welcome :).


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