ISSUE 48  |  Handmade in California

Tabletop: Holiday Cocktail Party in Pope Valley, CA

December 01, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Ceramic artist Richard Carter lives on the grounds of a former fruit orchard hidden away in the hills above the Napa Valley. Entertaining is very much a collaborative affair at Carter's studio (he hosts potters in residence in his outbuildings). For this holiday cocktail table, Carter enlisted the help of his friend Dione Carston of Steed Fine Hoarding and Tack. Keeping the look simple but textured, Carston layered the table with a couple of remnant hides (black calf with a crocodile emboss and a Moroccan goat kilim). A large ceramic bowl by Carter serves as a drinks tray, and foraged greens from the grounds add a dash of color.

N.B. Richard Carter will be selling his ceramic wares at our upcoming Remodelista Holiday Markets in Marin and Los Angeles.

Photography by Nicole Mcintosh Bruce.

Above: Carter's ceramic butler tray anchors the drinks table.

Above: Carston used a fishing bait bucket as a Champagne cooler.

Above: The hand-thrown bowls are by Kelly Farley, one of Carter's artists-in-residence (he will also be selling his wares at the Remodelista Holiday Markets).

Above: Jam jars left over from a recent chutney-making session serve as Champagne glasses.

Above: A mismatched collection of bowls and plates are unified by a palette of white.

Above: Carter rolled his own candles using wax from his beehives.

Above: Carter's collection of ironstone plates stacked on the table.