The artist and his work: from left, pieces from Dark Horse Pottery at Ristorante Avanti and Joel Mangen at studio in Davenport. www.ediblemontereybay.com 59 ing handcrafted serving ware, it sends a signal to diners that great care is taken with every aspect of their restaurant experience. Magen says he’s made all manner of items for area restaurants over the years, including espresso cups for Carmel’s Mundaka. But anyone can get in on the look, not just eating establishments—his items are available for sale from his Davenport studio and other locations, like Santa Cruz Pottery on Mission Street and The Phoenix at Nepenthe in Big Sur. And savvy shoppers and adventurers know to plan a day trip to Davenport around his annual Mid-Summer’s Eve sale, which this year is slated for Aug. 1–2. For the sale, Magen will bring out a wide variety of specially priced pieces that range from teapots to sake sets to garlic keepers, along with platters, pitchers and serving bowls. Still, Magen’s pottery is worth the trip any weekend: A combination of wood and gas firing gives Magen’s work a unique warm patina, with a minimal amount of glaze applied as lining and for exterior design. The whims of the wood ash give each piece a one-of-a-kind appearance. It’s a kind of alchemy that is hard to come by in an age of massproduction. Kathryn McKenzie writes about sustainable living, home design and horticulture for numerous publications and websites and, when not at the computer, attempts to grow tomatoes at her home in foggy northern Monterey County. Dark Horse Pottery Corner of Cement Plant Road and Third Avenue, Davenport 831.425.5686 • www.darkhorsepottery.com EXPLORE: Dark Horse will hold its 2015 Mid-Summer’s Eve Sale on Aug. 1–2. It is also open most other weekends and by appointment. And for other food-related adventures on the “Slow Coast” north of Santa Cruz while you’re in the area, see our guide under the “LOCAL FOOD GUIDES” tab at www.ediblemontereybay.com.
edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015
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