Tea Time

Sarah McCann serves tea to Marilyn Johnson, of Cedonia, center, and Rosa Bethea, of Bel Air/Edison, during the Baltimore Clayworks annual Mad Hatter Tea Party. (Photo by Karen Jackson / March 25, 2012)

Baltimore Clayworks in Mount Washington was the spot for a Sunday afternoon spot of tea March 25.

And art studio's Mad Hatter's Tea Party hit the spot for women from Guilford to Bethesda, who came to sip tea in the art studio's galleries at 5707 Smith Ave.

But this was no ordinary tea time. Clayworks members paid $25 and non-members $30 for the right to drink tea served in imaginative, unique ceramic teapots and cups handcrafted by Clayworks artists.

And in keeping with the spirit of the event, attendees wore their fanciest hats.


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Each guest also received an artist-created tea bowl to take home.

The annual tea party was held in conjunction with Clayworks' current exhibition, called "Daily Companions: Cups, Mugs, Teabowls."

And the individualistic teapots and cups included Robert Lawaree II's stoneware cup, "Variegated Politician," in the shape of a head and looking more like a museum piece.

Jill Marleah Bell's "Hello Cup," with a face akin to Peanuts' Charlie Brown.

Jenness Hall, of Guilford, wore a hat made of straw, jewelry, real leaves and sheer green fabric for the occasion.

Larry Perl