Infusions: an exhibit of teaware by local Pacific Northwest artists

Opening this coming Saturday, March 26th, at SLAB Art in Ballard, Infusions will center around an exhibition of teaware by contemporary ceramic artists immersed in the vibrant and growing Pacific Northwest tea culture, and will also feature tea tables made by the woodworking artists at SLAB.

On Sunday following the show opening there will be tea tastings offered in the gallery space, with traditional teas provided by Floating Leaves Tea and Black Dragon Tea Bar, prepared and served with the exhibiting artists’ teawares.

Artists displaying their works in the show include Richard Brandt, Chris Shaw and Tina Pepa. In addition to the works on display and for sale, there will be some pieces of teaware from my personal collection to show similarities and contrasts with the new and local work.

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from the press release:

Once known as the home of the latté, Seattle is now steeped in the emerging contemporary tea culture. Drawing equally on traditional influences and current social media—tea blogs are burgeoning—this new trend cuts across all demographics and pulls in anyone who wants to savor a tranquil moment with friends. This inaugural show, Infusions, will highlight the leading edge of the Northwest tea culture, featuring contemporary tea sets from local ceramic artists, tea tables crafted from salvaged wood by Slab Art, and tea tastings with artisanal and traditional tea samples brewed in the artists’ creations.

Design, Fine Craft, & Contemporary Tea Culture
Slab Art, 4919 17th Ave NW, Seattle 98107
March 26 – April 9, 2011

Sat, March 26 – Opening Reception (6-10 pm)
Sun, March 27 – Tea Tastings (10 am-2 pm)
Viewing times after opening by appointment

For additional information, contact Chris Shaw, 206.359.0792. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended for Sunday’s tea tastings. Email to ensure a spot.


  1. Congratulations Cinnabar! Needless to say, if I lived in Seattle, I’d attend the show. Look forward to your recap of the teas and wares.

  2. It’s exciting and encouraging that people are making this sort of teaware here in the U.S. There’s something beautiful about artisan ceramics, and these teapots are no exception!

  3. These pieces are beautiful. After growing up in the area I am so glad to hear that Seattle and the Northwest are moving from coffee to tea (hip hip hooray!). I just might have to find me one of these tea sets to have a little piece of home to enjoy my tea in.

  4. Wow, very pretty tea wares. Wish I were in Seattle so I could check them out in person. I haven’t seen anything of this :home grown” sort here in San Francisco. Very cool!

  5. It’s so enjoyable to view different individuals and their artistic expression of tea. Some of these designs look very novel.

    Hats off to all the artists who participated.