Early in December I received an email from an artist that I once met long ago in St. Petersburg, FL. This email started by announcing, “You won my cup contest and I bet you didn’t even know you where entered.” To celebrate the 10,000th viewer of his blog, Ben Carter picked a lucky individual to receive one of his White Honeysuckle Tumblers and that person was yours truly. Just recently this gift arrived in the mail and it is certainly a nice cup to add to my collection.
Currently Ben Carter has an exhibition at the Charlie Cummings Gallery showing a variety of functional pottery and a few tumblers just like the one I now enjoy drinking from. What’s particularly special about these cups is that they are thrown on the wheel with a Yixing stoneware clay body unique to China.