Isn't Thanksgiving the best? There's something special about people coming together, spending time to make a meal, and finally enjoying the delicious results. It's a day full of thoughtfulness, appreciation, and gravy - what's there not to like?
It provides a stark contrast to Black Friday, where discounts and endless waves of mass-produced things can create a claustrophobic sense of panic.
Sure, it's a biased depiction, but I think I prefer the Thanksgiving part of this week.
That difference is also what draws me to ceramics. Our ceramics can be a small escape from the fast-paced and hectic environment we're too often surrounded by. It takes time, thoughtfulness, and an artist's touch to create a piece - and we get to enjoy the results. Today, you'll find the new collection from Oatmeal, all hand-made by Elise in her Pittsburgh studio.
This Thanksgiving, let's take it slow and remember how fortunate we already are. Enjoy your holiday and have a safe, delicious week with your loved ones.
Featured Artist: Elise Birnbaum of Oatmeal
Elise Birnbaum is the artist behind Oatmeal, a studio based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her signature piece is the Union Knot necklace, a ceramic knot formed from unique clay bodies and strung with a leather cord.
Elise embraces her place amongst a larger movement of makers: people who create things they love. These makers create truly unique work, and Elise contributes her evolving perspective into the weird web of ideas they share.