A Little About Materials: Plastilina

The clay that I use in the studio is not the same as the water-based clay that most people encounter in a ceramics studio. You’ve likely heard the terms ball clay, porcelain, or terracotta. The clay that I use is an oil-based clay and cannot be placed in a kiln. It’s made from dehydrated ball clay, oil and wax. When it gets hot, it melts. The benefit of this clay, called Plastilina or Plasticine, is that it never hardens completely, nor does it dry out.

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Sculpture in the Courtyard

Join us at this wonderful art exhibition, presented by Thacher & Rye and Gaslight Gallery.

This unique event takes place in the Thacher & Rye courtyard.

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Claire McCardell in the Media


Thanks to designer Tory Burch, Claire McCardell’s name is on everyone’s lips! Tory Burch appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the re-release of Claire McCardell’s 1956 book, “What Shall I Wear?”

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My Favorite Salty Oat Cookies

Whenever I head in to Washington D.C. I have a routine that I have done since I moved here in 2000. I get on the Red Line and head south. I transfer at Chinatown, travel one stop, and get off at the Navy Memorial. I still get butterflies in my tummy when I ride up…

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Who is Art For Anyway?

I came across this hilarious little cartoon from Hyperallergic that asks the question, “Who is art for?” Is art for everyone? Is it only for the elite? Can it be both? What do you think?  

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Vocations: Mother & Artist, Learning to be Both

Mother When my daughter arrived here from India in 2009, I was elated beyond measure. I felt powerful, woman, incredible. I was so in love, so captivated, so full of light. Then I spiraled into a deep, black place. Postpartum depression is not just something biological mothers face. On my way down, I saw all the ways…

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The Holdup

The thing standing between me and my saw: I’ve had the saw so long that the old battery just doesn’t work any more. I sent the hubs to Home Depot to pick up a Lithium Ion Battery last week. Then I realized that I also needed a Lithium Ion charger to go with it. The…

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A Place to Work

I am tentatively settling in here. I have lived in this house for three years now, a remarkably long time for someone who has moved as many times as I have. This is my eleventh city. I have taken a few years of from working in the studio and have re-established it here in Grove…

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An Aesthetic Experience

I was watching 60 Minutes last night and they reported on a most remarkable orchestra in the Congo. The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa and the only all-black orchestra in the world. The musicians are all volunteers, some walking 90 minutes each way to get to rehearsal. I don’t know much…

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