Vol. 08

April 24, 2020


You can still learn, explore, and meet cool people from the comfort of your own home. This week we are sharing ways to keep your mind fresh with perusing museums virtually, how to make cocktails you would find at a Lower East Side bar, and introducing a favorite Brooklyn ceramicist.



Books we haven’t read but heard were great and want to read SOON:

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose

The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel by Claire Lombardo

Writers and Lovers: A Novel by Lily King


The Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC has opened up it’s site to include photos and videos of past exhibitions and their permanent collection. They are also having online screenings of video works in the museum’s collection every Friday night. Peruse the collections as a part of Whitney from Home here!


One thing we are especially missing about spring in New York is seeing the Cherry Blossom trees in Bloom. So we are exploring the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden in bloom with their online virtual walk! The next best thing right?! Connect with nature and breathe with this 18-minute long video of the historic garden.


Let’s be honest, we’ve been missing bars since day 2 of social distancing. Here are two cocktail recipes, with 3 ingredients to bring your favorite bars home.

Super Simple Marg
  • 2oz Tequila
  • ½ a Lime
  • Splash of simple syrup or agave nectar

Place everything in an ice-filled shaker (or water bottle or mason jar) and shake! Serve in a salt-rimmed glass.

Brooklyn Mimosa
  • OJ
  • Miller High Life (or any cheap beer)

Fill a glass halfway with OJ. Top with beer. Serve with an orange slice if you’re feeling happy :)


Did you know we have a playlist on Spotify featuring amazing artists you need to listen to right now? Click here to zone out with some new tunes we are quite fond of lately. Listen to it now!


Michelle McLaughlin of Calyer Ceramics

Meet Michelle, one of our favorite local ceramics artists (and teachers) in Brooklyn. Through Calyer Ceramics, Michelle creates lovely hand-made clay vessels, lamps, and functional art-objects for the home.

How did you get into your ceramics?

I practiced ceramics a bit in college, but primarily I studied traditional darkroom photography. In 2013, eight years later, I went back to ceramics at Choplet, and it pretty quickly took over my life.

What is inspiring you right now?

The artist Beate Kuhn, the Instagram blog/store Peanut Vendor, Louise Bourgeois quilts.

What’s your favorite part about the NYC creative community?

My artist community are my actual friends. It is important for my art practice to have other people to work alongside with and to be able to bounce ideas off of each other and just hang out. This has become especially apparent recently because of the pandemic, I really miss my buds!

Follow along:


@calyerceramics on Instagram


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