Showing posts from November, 2013

Artists ~ Pamela Forman ~ Providence

Shop name: Bluemoonstone Creations

1. Tell us about your work: 
My jewelry collection consists of 73 handcrafted Sterling Silver necklaces and earrings. Each piece is carefully and completely handmade, including the high quality chains, giving them a rich, dramatic, one of a kind essence. My detailed ethnic style, combined with a rare blend of Victorian charm, is enhanced by luminous high quality semi-precious gemstones from India and Thailand, naturally infused with beneficial healing properties. Almost every piece contains at least one Rainbow Moonstone, with as many as 42!

My Freedom collection also features Tibetan Turquoise, Carnelian and Baltic Amber. Some pieces also contain significant symbols or words to enlighten the spirit, bringing harmony, ba…

Local Literature - via Rhode Island Monthly

Rhode Island Monthly'sblog offers up a list of Rhode Island authors and their genres. Perfect for curling up with on those long winter nights.

Local Literature - ridaily blog - November 2013 - Rhode Island

Artists ~ Maddy Macedo ~ East Providence

Artist’s name: Maddy Macedo
Shop name:Luckymonkey

1. Tell us about your work
I make pottery for fun and function. I use stoneware for durability and I like the texture of the body so I draw on it with stain but leave it unglazed on the outside. I use bright glazes on the insides to add color and fun. I fire them high so they can be sturdy and functional.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Started in college, went to RISD and just couldn't stop making stuff.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Nature, doodling, animals

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
plant pots

5. What’s your best seller?
mugs and cat bowls

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
over 20 years

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
That it has everything from a vibrant city to quiet beaches and woods. Great arts and music and food. It's small enough to drive anywhere in the state in an hour. 4 seasons with their own personalities.

8. Please include anything else you’d…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

IMG_3060 by nat_19901

From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #32 by MyDay247

Fall in Providence by MStoeckle

Docked Boats Under Fall Colors - Mike Dooley by mike_dooley

Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport RI by markv20

autumn reflections by marion faria

IMG_2811-9 by Macedo295

Turner Reservoir by Ken Zirkel

Roger Williams Park Bridge by GoProvidenceRI

autumn falls by enjoiskate8

Artists ~ Anna Galloway Highsmith ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Anna Galloway Highsmith
Shop name: Dot Dot Workshop

1. Tell us about your work
My work is all hand built-- that means I don't use a potter's wheel, I just make it with my hands and some hand tools. I love making mugs, small trays, creamers, vases, and a few goofy little creatures. I often carve patterns and textures (and sometimes faces) into the surface of my pieces.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I went to RISD for Industrial Design, and had a wonderful time there making things out of wood, metal, fabric, and ceramic. Once I graduated, I realized that I'm more of a maker than a designer, and I fell in love with clay. I've taught drawing, design, sculpture, and pottery, and the combination of teaching and studio work makes me really happy. I love my chatty, thought-provoking students, and I love solitary days in my studio.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I love useful things made well o…

Dining ~ U-Melt ~ Providence

129 Weybosset St.
Providence, Rhode Island

There was quite a bit of hoopla when U-Melt opened its Providence location this past summer, and I took Bear and D to check it out.

We were happy to see their commitment to using local ingredients, sourced right on the distance board up front.

They offer a good variety of sandwiches, plus, of course, you can build your own.

D, unsurprisingly, just wanted a regular grilled cheese (the Classic). Bear went for The BBQ Pork (cheddar cheese, BBQ pulled pork, roasted jalapeƱos, on white bread), and I ordered the Vermonster (cheddar cheese, maple glazed bacon, caramelized onions, on marble rye bread). We were all very happy with our sandwiches, and with the service, which was friendly and casual.

The decor is also casual and fun, with drippy orange and turquoise. It almost reminded me of HoJo, but not quite.

After we'd finished our sandwiches, we took home a "White Trash" (mac ‘n cheese, cheddar cheese, BBQ pulled pork, on thick…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Untitled by appylovee

The Laughing Tree by Frank C. Grace (Trig Photography)

Channing & Tower by I {heart} Rhody

bikes by davedvorchak

Autumn mooring-1 by enjoiskate8

Roger Williams Park Bridge by GoProvidenceRI

DSC_2154 by dadofliz

Enishkeetompauog Narragansett [from Trail Of The Whispering Giants] by ArtFan70

Industrial Trust Building by 1W57thNY