reclaimed lumber table with antique nails and rabbit fur
Is he sipping tea, or sake? Getting drunk, or waking up? Hard to tell, and it doesn’t really matter. This was an excellent opportunity to make a traditional Japanese teacup using a method called raku, in which the ceramic piece is plunged into a fire and then quickly reduced, creating imperfections in the glaze and clay body that are completely unique. I was also able to use some wood salvaged from an old bungalow in central Austin, giving it a second life. One cool thing about working with old wood is that you can feel how much denser it is than contemporary woodstock. The vintage rosehead nails are one of those easily overlooked details that often, ironically, loom so large in my imagination. Actually, this entire piece began with an overwhelming desire to make a table with antique nails.