Those Beautiful DishesWednesday, July 31, 2013
If you watched the Bizarre Foods America show based on Birmingham, you may have noticed what Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot was using for his plating -- it's by the same artist as he commissioned when he appeared on Iron Chef America.
The first time I ever had supper at Chris' Hot and Hot Fish Club was right after Av and I were married -- I thought the food was great, but the dishes the food was on...amazingly beautiful. I figured they were probably made by someone far off, only available to the trade, but being someone who loves china (seriously, even when I was crazy-poor in college, I found a service for eight of Noritake Lucille for less than $100 and couldn't help myself) I inquired found out that it was made in Leeds, about 20 minutes from Birmingham, and open to the public.
So I ran right out and found Earthborn Pottery and Tena Payne, the artist behind it:
Whenever I make something at home and want to photograph it, her pottery is the first I usually reach for:
Speaking of art and pottery, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi is hiring a director, and Kentuck in Northport is hiring an executive director and program manager.