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Ceramic Tours De Force At Exhibit

Drop by the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center, 20 Summit St., to see their newest exhibit, It’s Time for Tea. The juried art show features ceramic works of art related to tea and its accouterments, on display now through June 8. The work was created by the members of the Ceramic Media Group of the Long Island Craft Guild, and features a selection of both functional and sculptural pieces.

A special bonus at the show is “The Juror’s Corner,” a display of several on the miniature teapots made by renowned ceramist Fong Choo, who judged the show online by viewing jpegs. They demonstrate the breadth of possibility in his approach to the utilitarian shape.

Juror Choo has taught many workshops nationally and internationally and most recently at the Gaya Ceramic Center in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Next summer, he will become Artist-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, Australia. His work has received awards at the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the American Craft Exposition.

Choo challenges ceramicists to think of working with clay as “poking a sleeping tiger” to see what will happen when you poke the clay.

Tour de Force

Crafting a teapot is a daunting task: you have to add a spout, handle and lid to the belly of the pot (the sections have names borrowed from the human body: belly, neck, shoulder, foot). That means you have to make a joining strong enough for the pot to be picked up, and to be able to pour out a liquid out without having a leak. [Drips don’t count.]

The top to the pot is another tour de force in that you have to make a small item to fit on the top of the pot. The items dry separately and still have to end up the same size so the lid will sit on top, and stay there when poured.

Oyster Bay Historical Society Executive Director Philip Blocklyn said, “What was so amazing about the exhibit it that the body and spout of the tea pots were especially successful in that they seemed an integral part of each.”

The Winners

Judge Choo selected eight pieces for awards, going to the artists Barbara Karyo (Best in Show) of Glen Head, C.C. Bookout (Award of Excellence and Judge’s Choice), Jonathan Zamet (Award of Excellence), Beth Heit (Judge’s Choice), and Awards of Merit to Rosalie Dornstein, Ruth Sachs and Florence Vignona. Awards were presented to the winners at the opening reception by Nancy Yoshi, LICG vice president.

Oyster Bay studio potter Maria Karlberg-Levin also has her piece, “Woodland Tea Party” displayed in the show. The group of seven items set on a piece of natural wood, was not for sale. 

The It’s Time For Tea team members who organized and mounted the exhibit are: Nancy Yoshii, LICG vice president; Philip Blocklyn, host; Barbara Karyo, LICG board member; Marcey Sherman; Puneeta Mittal, chair of the LICG Clay Media Group; Theresa Finnegan; Jacqueline Blocklyn; and Nicole Basso, proprietor of the Huntington Tea Shop, who contributed three of the awards.

Next Events

Nancy Yoshii said to Blocklyn, “Thanks again for making such a lovely reception possible, the tea show looked just wonderful.”

She also invited the public to the next LICG meeting on May 15, featuring fiber artist/quilter Paula Kovarik from Memphis. Admission is free and meetings begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. at the Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Rd., Syosset, just north of the LIE. For information, call the library at 516-921-7161.

The next event for the It’s Time For Tea exhibit is a Raku Workshop (an outdoor firing) presented by the LICG with Brett Thomas on Saturday April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a fee. For registration and further information, please contact Puneeta Mittal at 631-239-6263 or 655-7798 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“The event will take place at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, that is what is so interesting. The raku firing tradition started with the tea ceremony so it is appropriate,” said Mittal.

 The Oyster Bay Historical Society hours  are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2  p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or directions, call OBHS at 516-922-5032.

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

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Thursday, July 17

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