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We?re ringing in the New Year with our favorite belated holiday gift: hand-thrown ceramic bells from Mt. Washington Pottery.
We?ve been fans of potter Beth Katz?s work since we first saw it as part of a posh home staging in Silverlake; her rounded, textured hanging artworks recall the beloved Fresno modernist master Stan Bitters.
In her east Los Angeles home studio, Katz throws her stoneware creations on a potting wheel, then carves little ridges into them. Once fired, she strings them--along with small ceramic balls--on lengths of super-strong waxed hemp twine to make a finished product that can be hung vertically in an inside window or in a covered area outdoors.
Katz?s palette is a subtly hypnotic range of mix-and-match matte and glossy white and turquoise glazes. Most pieces are four inches in diameter and cost about $200, but a charming trio of two-inch mini bells ($120) are equally giftable. These bells are so pretty that we don?t even need to hear their delightful, soft ring to appreciate them.
Mt. Washington Pottery is available at Chay, 5812 W. Third St.; 323-938-1885 or mtwashingtonpottery.com
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