2020 – Deep Tea


Deep Tea


Deep Tea is a giant teakettle outlined by dancing LEDs. We pull it with a bicycle to provide a roving tea service, filling cold nights with a bright spot of tea. Light wisps lead to balls of “steam”, all attached to a ten-foot high pole coming out of the spout. On top of the kettle is a large table surface for serving.The teapot is 8 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 10 feet high.

We built it for Burning Man last year, then damaged it and crushed the bike flipping our car on the way to the burn. We still succeeded in spending most nights serving tea: by making last minute repairs, and dragging the contraption by hand to trash fence nightly.
We are hoping to receive a grant to cover a portion of replacing a tandem bicycle, making substantial repairs, and transporting the teakettle to Flipside.

Will it need power?


If it will need power, what is your power plan?

We have batteries to power the kettle. If there is an outlet to charge our batteries during the day, that would be lovely. Otherwise we are happy to bring our own generator.

Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable?


If it does incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is climbable what is your safety plan? [(Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Burnable Art Lead, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).]

Our motto is Safe Tea First, Danger Tea Last. The entirety of the piece moves on wheels, so that counts as movable parts. No tea will be served in transit, all tea supplies are stored within the cabinet while in motion. We cool the tea to a safe temperature before handing it to the guest. The kettle and bicycle are covered in lights and highly visible in the dark.
Lastly, we learned much from last year about safe transportation, thereby are renting a trailer.

Have you completed any other large scale art projects? (In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?)

Yes, bringing Deep Tea to the burn last year was my first time leading this scale of a project. The project went fantastically except for almost ruining it with a car accident. Even in our semi-broken condition we met all our tea-goals, and had tons of fun. The joy of giving tea and connection to hundreds of people through the week of the burn was an incredibly healing experience after the wreck.

How much money do you need? (Up to $575) We are looking for a thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.


If you want to upload something for the budget you can do that here:


What is your timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project?

We will spend March and April securing another bicycle and making repairs to the teapot. If we can arrive to Flipside a day early to set up and make sure everything works, that would be ideal.

Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.


We would like the artists to give community workshops outside of Flipside. Do you think you have a workshop idea that could be provided to the community? If so, please tell us what it is.

We would happily provide a tea workshop. Participants could congregate around Deep Tea and receive a proper education on tea, all the while enjoying a fine selection.
In addition, I could lead a variety of art workshops. One I’ve enjoyed leading in the past is recycled/upcycled art, turning trash into pretty treasure.

By applying for this grant you agree that if given the funds you plan to:

Work to compete your project by Flipside, Save and provide receipts of materials greater than or equal to grant amount by 07/25/20. If you do not provide this information you be disqualified from receiving a grant in the future., Complete a follow up report so we can learn

You may upload photos/recording of past projects here *You must have a Google account to do so.


We will be having the 2021 Ignition Philter fundraiser after the fall town hall (usually held in late September/ early October.) Would you be willing to bring the piece back for that event?


Have you received funding from any other entity or regional for this piece previously? If so, who and how much?