I recently went across the river to Saugerties, NY where I visited old friend Zazel Lovin and partner Robert Sherman. Zazel and I worked together years ago when she was an editor at Country Living Gardner.
Robert makes beautiful furniture and accessories out of barnwood, a wonderfully reclaimed material we have in abundance in upstate NY. Lots of old barns are falling down and new ones need to be made from new wood or synthetic materials. The old wood is often burned but it makes a fabulous material for tables, chairs and anything else the artist imagines.
Robert was kind enough to fabricate this box for a 4 piece place setting of my cake plates, juice cups and miso bowls with 4 linen napkins. It was auctioned off at the Eco-Artspace benefit last week in New York City. The event was called “What Matters Most.” Almost 300 artists participated and Amy Lipton and Tricia Watts were quite the belles of the ball having attracted so much good attention and press.
I look forward to doing more work with Robert. I think my simple white dishes are quite fitting on his rustic old barnwood tables. What do you think?