Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron made this mahogany-and-polymer-clay-veneered "Sea and Sky Altar Coffer," for "Inspired by China, Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions," an exhibit which brings together 29 stellar examples of historic Chinese furniture, with 28 works made specifically for the exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
There's a great companion web site that tells all about the show. It's exciting to hear Bonnie talk about her technique in the "Voices of the Makers" section. You'll find her talking in the "The Journey" video section and it's worth a listen.
The exhibition is filled with diverse interpretations of Chinese culture and tradition. It opened November 11 in Salem, Massachusetts and travels to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 30, 2007 until March 31, 2008.