Sunday, April 3, 2011

Puttin' On The Ritz

Sometime last summer the gallery was contacted by a British-based design firm who had seen a wood-fired ceramic piece displayed in our web shop ( and was interested in having two made especially for one of her projects. The ceramic piece was local artist Shane Watson's Skyline Vase; the project was the world's tallest hotel, the new Hong Kong Ritz Carlton.

Shane went to work. Despite the extremely high level of difficulty, including the threat of clay body shrinkage and the high failure rate often associated with wood kilns, he was able to produce on time and to the hotel designers' exact specifications two big, magnificent pieces that look something like this:

Wood-fired Skyline Vase Shane Watson, 2010
The vases were delivered (very carefully) around the beginning of the year and now grace the Ritz Carlton's Fire Pit Lounge & Bar on its 102nd Floor. The hotel opened its doors on March 30, 2011.

Great thanks to Walsh Greene Art & Design Consultancy for a challenging but smooth transaction, and Congratulations, Shane!

Bread Pudding Bake-Off Winners

5th Annual Bainbridge Island Pro-Am Bread Pudding Bake-Off

Official Results!

As usual, every pudding was amazing. An extra vote here or there could easily have changed the outcomes! However, after several recounts and the occasional battle over hanging chads, here are the Official Results:

Best in Show and Gold Amateur Winner Katie Brown (left)

Silver Amateur Winner, John Sydor (right)

Best in Show

Katie Brown

My Own Bread Pudding with dried apples, raisins marinated in liqueur, with caramel and dark rum sauce

Gold Amateur

Katie Brown

My Own Bread Pudding with dried apples, raisins marinated in liqueur, with caramel and dark rum sauce

Gold Pro

Doc's Marina Grill

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Silver Amateur

John Sydor

Blueberry maple sugar creme brulee bread pudding

Silver Pro

Salmon Canyon Cafe

Classic bread and butter pudding with blueberries and apricot glaze

Bronze Runners-Up


Kate deVeaux

Jennifer Montgomery

Bobbie Morgan

Joan Sandler

Keith Thackray


Bainbridge Thai


Metro Market Catering

Clair Younker Moe

My Kids' Cookies

Pain d'Amore

San Carlos

Stephanie Of Course

Streamliner Diner

Our grateful thanks to all the magnificent bakers who put their time, talents and hearts into making this a success. Special thanks to our event partner, My Kids' Cookies and Barbara Reininger, who so generously invited our amateur bakers into her commercial kitchen, without which the true community spirit of the Annual Bainbridge Island Bread Pudding Bake-Off would not have been possible.