Suite One Studio By Susan McLean
I found Suite One Studio on Instagram a few months ago. Recently, I've been coming to appreciate pottery more and more. Suite One Studio has some of the loveliest functional pieces I've ever found.
Founded by Lindsay Emery in North Carolina, Suite One Studio, according to the site:
"Suite One Studio items are produced in short runs in my cozy studio in North Carolina. The small batch nature of my work results in coveted limited editions. I work with high quality porcelain, formulate my own chic, colorful glazes inspired by watercolor paintings, and finish many of my pieces with a delicate flourish of genuine gold. Exclusive collaborations are available through a select handful of high-end boutiques and thoughtfully curated shops around the world.
Obviously, on a college budget, I won't be investing in any of the bigger pieces anytime soon (hopefully one day), but the ring dishes are extraordinarily lovely and will make wonderful gifts. Below are some of the products offered on the website.
Below is @suiteonestudio's Instagram feed, because honestly, goals..
Note: none of these photos are our own. The photos immediatly above are linked to @suideonestudio's Instagram feed and will update as they update. Above those are various photos of the products from Suite One Studio's website.
I saw Rick Epstein's work at show a few years ago and have been getting his newsletter since. His unique sculptural method of capturing landscapes caught my attention immediately. According to his website:
"In the late 1990’s, I began the full-time pursuit of clay, and produced a wide range of wheel-thrown and hand-built sculptural forms that were Raku fired. Elegant, uncluttered surfaces interested me as a counterpoint to the wildly organic patterning that resulted from the smoke and flame of Raku. I focused first on glazes rich in copper luster; and later explored slip-resist techniques, whereby smoke penetrates masking layers of slip/glaze to deposit organic carbon patterns into the clay’s surface.
I love the idea that the pieces change as the light on them changes. This relates to the subject matter- nature- and leads the audience easily into an open dialogue about how the art interacts with them and how they're viewing it, versus how it actually is.
Epstein has upcoming shows in Northhampton, MA (Oct 10-12th) and Charolotte, NC (Oct 16-18th.) Look on his website for more details about upcoming shows and new pieces, and you won't be disappointed.
Note: All photos are taken from Epstein's website and newsletter and are not our own.
This summer I visited the Stone Quarry Art Park in Cazenovia, NY for an afternoon. My friend, knowing my affinity for museums, brought me there and we had a wonderful time walking around the sloping fields and wooded trails. Various sculptures are all around the Art Park, making it an outdoor gallery. It’s a very peaceful place to walk around. The other people there, at least the day I went, were very quiet, it felt like you had to be quiet there even though it was the outdoors, as everyone wandered around the works of art.
Most of the installments were from local artists and they all were inspired by nature in some way. Some provided a peaceful place to sit and take in the nice day. Others dealt with how humans consume nature. All of them influenced how the viewer experiences the nature they’re looking at.
One piece that really caught my eye was Stacks by David Harper. My friend and I walked around a corner and saw bookshelves and a bench that any bookworm would be obligated to examine. The piece consisted of two sides- both sides started at a fallen tree and then one side “evolved” into a cut log, then a roughly shaped bench, and so on, ending with a fine little stool. The other side gradually became a large bookshelf with wooden blocks that became actual books. We sat on the log bench and admired the piece for a few minutes while a group of people came and enthusiastically took in the sculpture and interacted with the weathered books on the final shelf.
The interaction people had with the pieces at the Stone Quarry Art Park was something very special. Without the stuffiness a museum can bring, people could be very enthusiastic about the pieces they found around every turn.
I look forward to visiting the Art Park again!
Check out the Stone Quarry Art Park’s site here
What we're looking at.