MT WASHINGTON POTTERY
Twenty minutes northeast from the center of downtown Los Angeles, with sweeping views of the city and surrounding rugged mountains, is a neighborhood made up of a charming mishmash of architectural styles. The area is called Mount Washington, and is home to many artists and creatives, with nearby galleries offering frequent exhibitions of local works. One such artist is Beth Katz, who followed the ancient tradition in the craft of pottery by naming her studio after her location, working under the name Mt. Washington Pottery.
Inspired by modern Scandinavian and traditional Japanese design, functional mugs, bowls, vases, and lampshade stands make up the majority of Mt. Washington’s pieces. Distinctive rustic grooves feature throughout and the predominantly white-washed body of work is interspersed with vibrant shades of blue and lilac. Calming and homely, Mt. Washington ceramics are designed to enrich the home with a wabi-sabi aesthetic.
To the west of Los Angeles is the bohemian enclave of Topanga Canyon, where Katz spent her childhood and was introduced to the art of ceramics. Set in the wild Southern California landscape, the area attracted a community of artists, nature lovers, and spiritual seekers who remain to this day. Katz is said to be heavily influenced by this landscape, especially inspired by the plants, mountains, and ocean.
One item from Mt. Washington Pottery that feels particularly fitting to these free-spirited surroundings, is the charming, decorative peace bell. They are inspired by Japanese wind chimes or furin which create a gentle sound when blowing in the breeze, signaling a refreshing respite from the hot, humid summers.
These one-of-a-kind peace bells are hand-carved and washed in rich blue and natural hues, and can be hung indoors or in a covered space outside. They evoke a serene sense of peace and relief, a welcome addition to any home.