The Spirit of Giving..

This morning  I received the latest newsletter from Goop by Gweneth Paltrow. She talked about the holiday spirit and I absolutely love how she described what holiday spirit is to her. It struck a chord with me.

“…it means helping to create that atmosphere where loved ones feel full of cheer, like some happy secret is about to be revealed. Holiday spirit is a feeling of warmth, of togetherness, of connectedness. We get that by giving.”

Isn’t that so true? Well, I do love receiving gifts, who doesn’t? 🙂 But to me the joy and satisfaction gained from selfless giving fulfills this natural and constantly nagging need in me.  So when Geeta Chinai told me that 100% of all sales from her ceramics studio will go to Charity, it only reinstated my feelings.

Let me back up. I found Geeta’s work on my FB homepage when a common friend had commented on one of her designs. Thanks Kate and thank you FB for introducing me to superbly crafted ceramics by Geeta Chinai. After a few exchanges between Geeta and I, she told me she is donating 100% of her sales from now until the end of the year to charity. I was really impressed and just had to share it with you immediately. You give a gift and in turn someone less fortunate is receiving one from you too. And the ceramics by Geeta, well, lets just say if I was a teapot, I would want to grow up to be a Geete Chinai Green Bamboo Teapot.

Hop over to Geeta’s website Studio1212 and check out more wonderful products by this talented artist. She studied pottery in the Izu Peninsula in Japan and for the last ten years has been a member of UCSD Crafts Center. She lives in San Diego, California. All her products are available through her Etsy store and she ships world wide. ‘Tis the season lalalalalala…

Heather Knight’s Element Clay Studio

Heather Knight finds inspiration for her collections in nature. You can see this in each piece that is designed in 3D. Heather’s Environmental collection is refreshing. She also runs a blog about her work.

I would love to feel the texture of some of these. See more handmade ceramics by Heather on Etsy.

Large Urchin Bowl Icy Blue

Available at elementclaystudio on Etsy, the bowl is made of high fired porcelain, unglazed on the outside and translucent icy blue glaze on the interior. It is very durable but has a sense of weightless fragility. Isn’t it just gorgeous?

chartruse-urchin-bowl

Turf Micro Tile

Turf Micro Tile

Turf Micro Tile

magnolia-wall-tile

Dish love @ Fish’s Eddy

Fishs Eddy

From 212 new york skyline dinnerware to everyday glassware, airline flatware to T-shirts, Fish’s Eddy is a must see store in the Flat Iron/Union Square area of Manhattan.

I just have to stop by the store even when we are running really late. And I always come back with an eclectic mix of coffee cups, shot glasses, sauce cups, and an olive boat (pic soon).

Their signature pattern is homage to the skyline of New York City. And these are worth the extra block or two walk from union square park or coffee shop.

The story of how the owners started Fish’s Eddy is uniquely inspiring. They got their first collection from a barn somewhere in the midwest. Though the barn had recently been ruined by a terrible fire, it had dinnerware that survived and screamed for a new kitchen! Stacks of plates, cups, platters from hotels, restaurants and diners. The adventure resulted in a youthful, eclectic, fun store filled with surprises and treats.

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

Don’t forget to dish it out at Fish’s Eddy. Pick up a grand central, central park and Brooklyn platter. They are located at 889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (corner of 19th street).