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Friday
Dec112015

Holiday Peach Picks: Hugh Acheson

This past summer, I produced my first Sweet Spots paper for Athens, Georgia. I was thrilled to have Hugh Acheson be one of the first to buy an ad for it and I have to say, he's always been the kind of great guy we see on TV. I've appreciated his support and am a huge fan of his recently released cookbook, The Broad Fork- which by the way, just got listed as the best cookbook of the year by Epicurious (great gift idea). As an added plus, Hugh is an avid traveler and stylish dresser, which makes him fun to follow on Instagram. It's just another way to let this fun and talented, guy-next-door chef into our lives. He's a good man- and I'm as happy as can be to share his stellar Peach Picks on Sweet Peach this holiday season. Thank you Hugh! 

1. Phil and Sebastian Coffee, from $18.50. Phil and Sebastian is a phenomenal coffee roaster in my native Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta. Brilliant packaging but even better sourcing and skilled roasting of the beans. It's also sold at Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta. Save on that shpping $$$!

2. Vintage Cast Iron Pan. Some great cast iron is available on Etsy and Ebay. Look for Griswold brand. And if you find a well seasoned cast-iron (I mean seasoned like you can see your face in it), don't think, just buy. You will never regret it. 

3. All Clad 12" inch stainless collection fry pan, from $95. This is one of the most used pans in my kitchen. And it's also one of the oldest- a testament to the durability of the All Clad product. 

4. Chubo Utility Knife, $195. This has become one of my favorite knives. And I have a lot of knives. It's pricy, but worth it. 

5. McEvoy Ranch Olive Oils, from $29. Olive oil has such a presence in my food and I love showing off the wonderful producers in our midst. McEvoy Ranch produces award-winning, clean and truly delicious olive oil.

6. R. Wood Studio Ceramics, from $22. Rebecca Wood is an iconic Athenian artist and for good reason. Her ceramics befit the most elegant Southern table, but also find a happy home in well-used kitchens. 

7. Condor Chocolates Truffle Gift Box, from $8 (in store only: Athens, GA) or chocolate bars from the online shop, $9. My buddy Peter Dale is serving up delicate, carefully crafted (by the talented Shae Sims) chocolates and confections that will put a smile on anyone's face. Several seasonal truffle offerings make for an elegant and fun gift box.  

8. Gift Certificate to Bikram Yoga Studio, Athens, from $18. Mary, my wife, enjoys a regular practice at our local Bikram yoga studio. It's a state of the art facility that beginners and seasoned practitioners alike patronize. 

9. Subscription to AFAR magazine, $20. Beautifully laid out, stunning graphic design and a great resource for the eclectic traveler, of which I am one. 

10. David Hale prints, from $15. I wear David's art on my arm, but if you're needle-shy, you can get a print instead. His work is vastly intricate and very stylized. He's a dedicated artist. 

 

Image of Hugh: Taylor Oxendine    Content: Sweet Peach/ Hugh Acheson 


Tuesday
Oct202015

Erika Gibson

With my love of ceramics, you would think I'd have a huge selection of pieces in my own home. I do not, but I do aspire...because artists such as Erika Gibson of eastern North Carolina craft the most beautiful things...

Erika has a love for minimal design and is infuenced by a mid century aesthetic. Her indigo hues are certainly in trend and I love the idea of having these stacked in my white kitchen, getting all the attention they deserve. 

My favorite pieces of hers are the coffee mugs and espresso mugs. Just too lovely for words. I'm bookmarking...aspiring to have in my home. Someday. 

 

Images: erikagibson.com   Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Oct072015

The Shelter Collection

A couple weeks ago, my friend Erin Connelly over at The Commons in Charleston sent me some pics of something quite special....dare I say spectacular. Erin, along with her design and business partner, Kerry Clark Speake have produced their first collection of ceramic vessels and glassware. It's called The Shelter Collection and it is the only line of glassware manufactured exclusively in the South. 

Erin and Kerry were inspired by mud hut dwellings as they designed their simply stunning collection. Learning about their process I loved reading that the mud hut is "the strongest architectural shape using the least amount of materials." Together, Erin and Kerry work with local craftsmen and the nonprofit, STARworks in Star, North Carolina to see these beautiful vessels come to life. 

There are 14 different pieces in the Shelter Collection which include small, medium and large cups, glass pitchers, a coffee mug and tea (or beer) stein.

The pieces are made from clay sourced locally in Seagrove, North Carolina, the handmade pottery capital of the United States. This area pictured above is an historic pottery region known as the Michfield clay site, which has produced a light gray, chalky clay for hundreds of years. How wonderfully amazing is that? 

The pair experimented with dozens of glaze options before settling on this one. As stated on their site, "No detail was left unexplored from the finish of the ceramic glaze, selecting one that perfectly warms the hand with tea but does not burn, to the shape and feel of the glass opening and weight." 

 

What an accomplishment to set out to make your very own glassware collection that is locally sourced and made by hand here in the South. The NY Times recently featured their work in T Magazine...one of my favorites. This is inspiring work and a reminder that we can still make the South a thriving hub of beautiful, locally made goods. Learn more about The Shelter Collection, here. 

 

Images: The Commons, Sully Sullivan, Rinne Allen    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Wednesday
Sep302015

Forged and Found

Yesterday, I caught a glimpse of these stoneware wind bells on Instagram, and I had to stop and stare for a moment. They're quite beautiful and unique and because of that, I'm forced to add them to my wish list...

Regina Mandell of Forged and Found in Athens, Georgia spends her days crafting beautiful things for her online shop and a handful of eager retail shops across the country. I like how her collection includes not so obvious things like potion bottles, wine chillers, this lantern or even a series of four cups in different sizes. 

Such lovely things. I bookmarked her site today and look forward to seeing what she's up to next. Click here to see Regina's entire shop, and look out for the bells....hopefully arriving in her online shop very soon. 

 

Images: Forged and Found     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Sep092015

Ceramic Jewelry, A Sensible Habit

Brandy Schuman always surprises me. She shouldn't, but she does because every shop I go into around Atlanta lately, I seem to run into something made by her. She started with selling her playful rubber stamps and gift tags...another day I saw her cute and colorful textiles...next, art pieces and greeting cards. Then, just the other day, I saw my friend Sarah wearing this fabulous ceramic necklace. When I asked her who made it, I should have known the answer...Brandy. 

Her necklaces are big and playful and, as made by hand, are also one of a kind. Each is crafted with stoneware clay, painted then glazed. An adjustable leather cord allows you to adjust to the length you desire... 

Of course, as is her style, Brandy can't just make ceramic necklaces, she also crafts pretty ring dishes and holders...spoons too. And why not? Life is more fun when you can mix it up... Just makes me wonder, what artistic creation of hers will I be happily surprised by next. Peruse her entire shop, here.

 

Images: A Sensible Habit       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Jul292015

Checking in with Honeycomb Studio...

I'm having lunch with Courtney from Honeycomb Studio today so it gave me the urge to check in with her online shop. And I'm so happy I did...

It's hard to pick a favorite but it's important to note, whichever home decor item of Courtney's you pick, it will have a modern flair and a lovely, timeless quality. It's like the perfect go-to gift too, as I can't think of one girlfriend of mine who would not love one of these pretty porcelain pieces in their home.  

This textured bowl with a gold rim is a personal favorite. Rough and patterned on the outside, smooth on the inside with the prettiest accent. I'll be checking out Court's new studio today so look out for a pic or two on Instagram. In the meantime, peruse and admire her current collections, here.

 

Images: Whitney Ott    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Thursday
Jul232015

The Suite One Studio Ring Dish

I tend to bookmark a lot of home decor images and artist profiles from around the South and I have to say, the most common item I bookmark is ceramics. There is so much incredible work in this field these days, I can never get enough of it...

...like the work of one of my favorite Southern artists, Lindsay Emery of Greensboro, North Carolina. Besides her gorgeous dishware, cheeseboards and platters, which I've blogged about before, I'm in love with her little ring dishes, all rimmed in gold.  

Lindsay lets creativity reign as she shapes each dish by hand and adds swirls and splatters of watercolor, making each piece a one-of-a-kind. At just $30 a piece, it's a lovely little ring dish to gift yourself or a friend...just because. 

 

Images: Suite One Studio      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Jul082015

R. Wood Studio

If anyone has spent some time in Athens, Georgia, then you need no introduction to R. Wood Studio. In this large retail shop and workspace housed in an old produce warehouse, Rebecca Wood has created one of the largest, most recognizable pottery studios in all of America. 

Every piece of pottery found here is made and painted by hand and instantly feels like an R. Wood creation simply by its shape and color. It all began in 1987 when Rebecca, always an artist and maker of things- from jewelry to clothes, tried her hand at pottery. After purchasing an old kiln at a yard sale and creating pretty dishware with her hands, buyers began to notice...and place orders. The business, like her newfound passion, was organically born. 

When you walk into R. Wood, one of the first things you'll notice is the 1st tables, where a variety of dishware is available for sale. You'll find everything you need to set a table here- from rice and dipping bowls, creamers and cups to baking dishes and antipasti plates.

Then there is the Seconds Room where you'll find slightly flawed pieces sold for discounted prices. All the colors complement each other as Rebecca's pieces are meant to mix and match if so desired. It's more fun that way anyway...

With retailers all over the country and demand for her work for photo shoots and gift shows, Rebecca depends on a steady stream of artists to help her designs come to life. You'll often see them hard at work when you walk in the large front doors...

There are currently eight artists that work full time in the studio, from 30-40 hours per week. This is Michele, who is crafting bowls using a slab and her own handiwork. It's kept southern and local here, even the clay is from just up the way in North Carolina.  

From top left, Michele, Michael and Caden were hard at work the Saturday afternoon I stopped by to take a few pics. As Caden shared, the work here is disciplined and thorough, as many dishes are hand painted with as many as five coats. 

Rebecca is just as you would think- kind, thoughtful, full of vibrancy and creativity. It's been such a pleasure to get to know her a bit as she just recently helped me curate the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens paper, which will be out and available within a week. I hope you check out the Sweet Spots, particularly #49. It's a goodie...

 

Images: Sweet Peach  Final pic:Design Sponge      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Apr152015

Checking in with Handmade Studio TN...

I always love to check in with my favorite southern artists to see what they've been up to. Like Morgan Williamson of Handmade Studio TN, who handcrafts the prettiest dinnerware and serving dishes for the home.

Each piece in the collection is made to order. Oh, how I would love to own a whole set of Morgan's dinner plates, each with a subtle texture and one of a kind form. And they go so perfectly with vintage silverware...

Whether it's bowls, cups saucers, plates or tumblers, Morgan crafts pieces that are as pretty as they are practical, meant to be used and passed on to future generations. They are 'imperfect' vessels, showcasing the mark and point of view of the artist. 

One of my favorite gifts to give is this cheese board imprinted with Morgan's signature lace texture. (reminding me of her stunning Chamberlin Platter, which I blogged about previously) Plus, these sweet ceramic cheese markers, finished in a glossy buttercream glaze, are another perfect gift for the cheese lover, of which I know many. To see Morgan's entire collection, just click here. 

 

Images: Handmade Studio TN     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Mar052015

Bunglo

The recipe for success is elusive, ever changing, subjective...but when I read about Austin based artist, Shay Spaniola, I can't help but think she's got it all figured out. 

Shay has a keen eye for color and design, plus she loves to travel and be inspired. To better understand marketing and retail, she was once a part of Anthropologie's visual team as well. Combined, her many talents allow her to stand out amongst the fray. Her work feels original and visually engaging. And my hunch is it's only going to get better and better...

In Shay's shop, Bunglo, you'll find these gorgeous pillows with her hand painted patterns as well as artwork, ceramics and furniture to name a few. Color and energetic patterns are her niche but there's a softness to it. As she shares on her site, she seeks to transform "residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting patterns." 

These sweet jewelry dishes are a collaboration with Bunglo and Kristen Saksa Juen- an incredibly talented Austin artist I blogged about last week. 

And then there's the original Knoll tulip chair. How great is this? Shay found this vintage gem in disarray and gave it a much needed makeover with fabric of her own design. It's tasteful yet modern and fun. It's a piece with staying power too, just like Shay. If I had to guess, both will be around for a long time to come...

 

Images: Bunglo.co   Content: Sweet Peach