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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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