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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Who Lives in Greenwich Village?

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I have a former classmate who would probably flip over this project, but I don’t have her email anymore. Maybe she’ll see this post. Yesterday I was checking out Variegated’s website and it led me over to artist friend links and on to Andy Brayman and Ayumi Horie’s collaboration. Unfortunately, the exhibit ended earlier this fall, but you can still visit it online.

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The project combines the ecological history, urban grid, and interconnectedness of all species to inform a beautiful, 86-piece ceramic tile installation. Each tile represents a block of Greenwich village. The installation explores the ecosystems of where Greenwich village now sits back in 1609 when Henry Hudson arrived. It also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Greenwich House Pottery by layering a house map from 1909 into the design. Animals who lived in the area in 1609 are layered into the design as well To learn more about the project and to see more of the pieces, click here.

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all images from ayumihorie.com

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Sweet Urban Surprises

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As I navigated my way throught the treacherous sidewalks of Candler Park (I’m talking tree roots messing up the concrete, not criminal danger!), I stumbled upon this charming little planter. Don’t you just love coming across something unexpected like this? It’s such a great representation of that neighborhood – full of funky, cute bungalows and cool, fun, diverse, creative people that live in them.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Element Clay Studio

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Through a chance meeting at a casual dinner a week or so ago, I had the privilege of meeting Heather Knight, a very talented ceramicist who just moved to Atlanta from Asheville. Heather is still getting settled in her new digs (in fact, the kiln isn’t even firing up yet), a live/work space in Decatur that serves as home for her Element Clay Studio.

Heather was nice enough to let me take a peek around and snap some shots when I came to pick up a few pieces I’d purchased from her etsy store.


It was fun to see where she created all of her intricate work, and after seeing it, I appreciated her inspiration board that much more:

This is her assistant and head of security, Henry:

I love the way Heather styles her work, especially these tiles. This is the image she uses on her logo:

By the way, my cruddy cellphone pictures are not doing the work justice. I highly recommend looking at it more closely on Heather’s site or on etsy.

Pardon my exterior afterthought shot with the open car door. I was in a hurry to get to Chik-Fil-A. It’s impossible to go to Decatur without a stop there, well, except when you go on a Sunday, since they are closed, which is always horrendously disappointing when you make a Chikkie run and forget.

I’m trying out the insert gallery button here just to sneak in the extra shots. Yes, I am about three years behind the curve with this. Or is it more like ten? Anyway, yea or nay to the “Insert Gallery” doohickey? Let me know in the comments.

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