January Moodboard

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Happy Monday, loves! I have to say, although I like pink, it’s not my usual go-to, but this whole getting married thing has got me extremely lovey & girly ☺️. I’m loving the warm, romantic pinks as a contrast to the stark white and blue landscapes I’m seeing in Colorado right now (also amazingly beautiful in their own way!!). Xo


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December Moodboard

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Happy snowy-slushy(?!) Monday, friends! What a lovely weekend we had! We had an early birthday weekend celebration in Hartford for Christa (whose real bday is on Wed), with dinner at Present Company on Saturday night, and lots of bopping around town, getting our nails done, shopping and snacking. Christa is pretty into December 😉


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October Moodboard

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This October has been beautiful! The leaves have changed, the weather is gorgeous (a tad warm this week if you ask me thought…), and we’re feelin inspired! What about October has made you happy? xo


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September Moodboard

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I think the Fall weather is finally on it’s way! It’s been nice to finish out the summer with some warm weather, but this humidity has got.to.go. We’re lookin’ to bake, snuggle, and wear pants comfortably again! #welovejeans. Here’s to a beautiful, crisp {but not too cold}, inspiring & delicious Fall everyone!


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Sweet Beats // August 2016

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We are so very close to our vacation time in Old Lyme, CT with our old pals, and we are beyond ready to soak up that sun with the gang. This kind of vibe definitely gets us into an upbeat poppy kind of mood, with of course a splash of indie because I just can’t help myself.

Click here for some ill beats, yo


august 2016

reaper // sia

hold on (feat. sampha) // sbtrkt

i won’t take you for someone else // fantastic mister zguy

love that girl // raphael saadiq

town & country // bibio

1998 // chet faker

hanoi cafe // bleu toucan

the call // a rainmaker

black memories // the growlers

pretty girls // little dragon

rendez vous // la plage

way to be love // tops

hold on we’re going home // astr

400 lux // lorde

too good // drake & rihanna

say you’ll be there // mo


 

June Moodboard

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How is it already the middle of June?! These months fly by! June is making it’s mark on us thought – gorgeous blue skies and clear, chilly nights. We’re ready for beach weather now, but thanks for easing us into it, June 😉


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Sweet Beats // June 2016

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Happy June! We’re so very in love with spring, and while it’s been humid as f*ck, we’re not complaining, because at least it’s warm and sunny so we can bust out sandals and tanks.

G&M will be hanging out this weekend in Boston for Reg’s birthday (yay!), and we will most likely spend Saturday day lounging by the river, talking, tanning and listening to this playlist. Sounds like heaven to us!

Click here for a listen on Spotify.


june 2016

absolute loser // fruit bats

lover come back // city and colour

chateau lobby #4 (in c for two virgins) // father john misty

southern sun // boy & bear

capsized // andrew bird

lost in the light // quiet life

coffee // sylvan esso

yeah right // toro y moi

cannons // youth lagoon

mahgeetah // my morning jacket

let her go // mac demarco

yeah i’m changing // tame impala


Artist Profile // Xiaotong Duan

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This morning we’re thrilled to feature one of our closest friends and talented artist, Xiao. Ceramicist, photographer, and just all over awesome person, this little lady is making some beautiful work, and we knew we just had to share it with you all.

Xiao and I (Reg) go way back to college, where our soul-sister-ship blossomed over a bowl of pesto tortellini while watching Saved! in her massive wrap-around porch home in rural Coventry, CT. The first of many movies and meals we were bound to share together, the two of us soon became roomies, and now both live in the Boston area.

This little dumpling’s ceramics have been blowing up all over the Etsy stratosphere and the local Boston scene, she’s had a recent pop-up shop at West Elm, and she just re-launched her brand through a newly updated website and logo (which Christa got to design!).

Check out Xiao Crafted and her Etsy page to see some more of her stunning handmade custom pieces.


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You went to school for photography, did you take ceramics classes throughout college as well? Or was that something you got into after?
It’s totally interesting to compare the journey we take through learning and what our lil’ paper degree says. I got into ceramics in college a little late in the game or else I think I probably would have focused on ceramics. My good friend/ex-roommate took a ceramics class and she would bring back to the apartment all the cool things she made. I enrolled the following semester because I also wanted to make cool things.

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Obviously you love the animals. A lot of your chosen animals aren’t just your average woodland creature – you have everything from praying mantis to big mouth bass, where do you get your inspiration for some of the quirkier ones?
Honestly? Mostly from Nat Geo’s Instagram. I love the way they tend to tell a story alongside each image, it totally activates my inner naturalist. There’s just so many interesting species that I really like to explore beyond the more commonly know creatures. Like did you know that sometimes fruit bats are called flying foxes?

How long does it usually take to create one piece from beginning to end?
Oh man, I have no idea. If I had to guess i would say 10 days if the stars aligned perfectly. Clay requires a lot of patience because there is just a ton of steps involved in its journey from this squishy formless ball to something functional and beautiful. Usually I throw a batch of work on the wheel and then let it set up so that I can trim it within a couple of days. After that, everything is hand painted and left out to dry completely before entering the first kiln firing, called  a bisque. It takes a full day for everything to “cook” in the kiln so that it is solid and porous enough for the glaze. Then I take a day to glaze my work and then back into the kiln it goes for the final firing. The glaze kiln runs for a full day as well. Long story short, if this was a race, ceramics would be going at a slow and steady pace.
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So ceramics can be a pretty time consuming craft (pun intended), any scheduling tips for someone looking to take on a new art?
Just be patient. Ceramics will never provide “instant gratification” but it is an awesome feeling to take a lil’ lump of clay and make something out of it. For people starting out it’s actually a really good 1x/week kind of craft because how the background time involved with letting work set up and firing in the kiln. Just be warned, you may get addicted and just be constantly making cool stuff!
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What are some of your favorite shapes to throw? Anything that is still a tough one you’re trying to tackle?
Recently i’ve really gotten into making planters. Just in time for Spring! The forms are really simple but I love trimming lil’ feet on the bottom to give it a little height and negative space. I don’t really make a lot of tea pots because there are so many parts and spouts are always so challenging. Definitely something I strive to work on.
We noticed that you started taking on custom work, have any of these projects sparked an idea for a new line, or new piece? Or do you try to keep them separate?
My custom work totally inspires me! It helps me explore new themes and surface treatment methods for clay. Recently I did a platter that had my first human being. It was a cowboy on a horse set to the backdrop of the American West. I really loved integrating a background and foreground visual and I’ve created some new work that follows the framework from that original custom order.
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What was the first ceramic you ever made?
It was large hand built candle holder in the shape of a star with little moons cut out on each arm of the star. So cheesy. I see it every time I visit my parents and wish that the cat was strong enough to knock it off the end table.
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Who are some of your artist inspirations?
Ayumi Horie, Chotsani Dean, Diana Fayt, Polly Fern, Molly Hatch, Julia Rothman. Lady creators represent!
You recently had a popup shop at West Elm (congrats, btw!), do you have any other goals or dreams you’re reaching for with your work?
This year I’ve really been trying to make the push to establish myself as a small business artist. (Eeep!) I’ve been doing a lot more pop up shops and sharing my work with the people. I’m hoping to just continue to develop my work and continue to add to my portfolio. I would like to do some residencies and be able to continue to explore the medium.
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Go to late-night junk food?
Grillo’s Pickles
Night owl or morning bird?
Morning bird

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May Moodboard

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Pink, pink, pink! May is finally shaping up to be a beaut – and bright blue skies with pops of pink are where our heads are at right now. Things are much different from April, and we’re lovin in.

We’re off to Brimfield this weekend and are on the look out for bright and colorful vintage pieces to start summer off with a bang! Here’s to joyful & dreamy inspiration!

Keep it up, May, keep it up.


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Sweet Beats // April 2016

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Permission to completely girl-out for a minute? Christa and I are utterly in love with NBC’s Nashville. It’s just so juicy! We have no shame in it and want to share our adoration with the world.

That said, whenever we’re in the midst of a season, it always makes us wish we had some country flare to our blood. While we’ve never really been into modern radio country, other types can definitely hit home with us. Of course we love the folky stuff, but we’re also lovers of all things oldies and bluegrass. This month’s playlist wanders along the folk path, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more old school and twangy, check out this playlist from a couple of summers back.

Or give this month’s a listen here!


april 2016

hurricane lamp // jeffrey foucault

lodi // jeffrey foucault

if i go // jake mcmullen

howling light // j. tillman

ulysses // current swell

there i go again // amos lee

long way from home // the lumineers

down on the bottom // the new basement tapes

decision day // field report

old ties and companions // mandolin orange

even the darkness has arms // the barr brothers

blue ridge mountain // hurray for the riff raff