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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

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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