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Friday
Dec042015

Holiday Peach Picks: Beauty Everyday

I always feel so lucky when I send out emails to a few of my favorite Southern artists to see if they would share their holiday gift picks on Sweet Peach and they reply with an enthusaistic 'yes!' Such was the case with the Beauty Everyday gals based in Athens, Georgia. Kristen Bach, Rebecca Wood and Rinne Allen are just some of the most creative, talented and impressive women I know and I'm thrilled to share their gift selections below. Their picks are the first of many from Southern artists to come this month. My endless gratitude to Kristen, Rebecca and Rinne...and to the always fabulous Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object for her perfectly playful illustrations to showcase the 2015 Peach Picks this holiday season. Happy shopping y'all...

1. SHOTWELL CANDY CO. CARAMELS, $19.75. We read about this company not too long ago and have drooled over everything on their site way too many times. We were glad to see this sampler pack so we could try one of each. Southerners do know their sweets... 

2. ALABAMA CHANIN POTHOLDER, $30. Our friends at Alabama Chanin in Florence, Alabama make great things for wearing and for the home. This hand loomed potholder has seen lots of use in Rinne's home. 

3. SARA LEE PARKER NAPKIN SETS, $30. We have been admiring Sara's work for many years now. We love her sweet illustrations that are printed perfectly on items that you will use every day. 

4. SMOKE SIGNALS BAKING WORKSHOPS, from $150 & PAPER CUT PIE BOX, $20. Rebecca has been there in person but for the rest of us, we have gotten to know Smoke Signals in Marshall, NC from their great instagram feed, @bakerhands. We can't decide which workshop we will take in 2016 but we will definitely be at one.  

5. SHORT STACK EDITIONS COOKBOOK, $14. We get more and more inspired with each edition of Short Stack's great single topic cookbooks. We love the simple, colorful production of each volume and the in depth look at each ingredient. 

6. FOOK BANK DONATION. We also love giving back each year and encourage you to find a special cause or charity in your own community to give back to, either with volunteer hours or with a monetary donation. They all need your support! This year, we are supporting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

7. BULLS BAY SALTWORKS SMOKED SEA SALT, from $10. Rinne photographed the process of making sea salt at Bulls Bay Saltworks in McClellanville, SC last year and has been using their smoked sea salt every since.  

 

 

8. BEAUTY EVERYDAY BOOK, $98. We would be remiss if we did not mention the Beauty Everyday book that the three of us collaborated on. The book features 365 photographs- one for each day of the year. It's a gorgeous visual record of the seasons and textures of the South. Give it to someone special...for the holidays, for a wedding or just because. 

9. 2016 MOON CALENDAR, $19. We are all huge fans of the shop, Villagers, in Asheville, NC. Every year around this time, Kristen visits and does the bulk of her holiday shopping there (and now they sell online too!) This year, Kristen has her eye on this lovely moon calendar. 

10. BROWN PARCEL PRESS CALENDAR, $35. Our friends, Megan Fowler and her mother, Gaelle Boling of Brown Parcel Press have been printing their letterpress calendar out of their rural Devereux, Georgia studio for years and we get them (and give them) every year. 

11. ME SPEAK DESIGN BRASS BOWL, $65. Eric and Lori Wright live just outside Athens and make beautiful, Japanese inspired homewares under the name ME Speak Design. We love these new hammered brass bowls they recently added to their line. 

12. HOME.MADE PEPPER JELLY PECANS, $15. Our good friend Mimi has been spoiling Athens with her yummy food for a decade at her restaurant, Home.Made. Kristen just finished taking photos of their new line of snackies now available online for anyone to try. These candied pepper jelly pecans are our favorite! 

13. ANN LADSON BARNACLE FLATWARE, from $180. Rinne watched Charleston, SC based metalworker Ann Ladson at work recently as she created her new Barnacle collection. This spreader knife or dinner fork in bronze is a beautiful, functional heirloom- one that will only get better with age and use. 

 

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

 

Thursday
Aug082013

R. Wood Studio Ceramics

The last time I was in Athens, Georgia, I stopped by R. Wood Studio Ceramics. I didn't have my camera with me but I loved walking through the big warehouse that was filled with handmade ceramics...bowls, plates, platters, cups, you name it. And all in colorful hues and uncommon shapes. 

Rebecca Wood started the studio in 1991 and it has grown to be one of the biggest pottery studios in the US. As stated on their site, "Renowned for their luscious colors, simple shapes, and inspired by their southern surroundings, they also produce one-of-a-kind pieces that are sought after by collectors."

Rebecca and a dozen of her trained artists craft the playful pottery using Georgia red clay. Each piece is entirely made by hand, inspired by nature and signed by the artist. Pieces of art indeed...

If you're a potter, this is an amazing place to work. Rebecca encourages an open and collaborative atmosphere. Besides the many made-to-order pieces, her artists can create and sell their own work as well. So next time you're in Athens, may I suggest you take a side trip to R. Wood Studio Ceramics. The door is often wide open, beckoning you inside...

 

Photos: R. Wood Studio, Rinne Allen       Content: Sweet Peach