This is Anne from Stonybrook Fine Arts, a sculpture studio in Boston. She, her husband, Morris Norvin, and Benjamin Todd opened up the space in 2007. They offer classes in different sculptural media including welding, bronze and aluminum casting, jewelry, lost wax casting, mold making, stone carving and live figure sculpture. Anne is an artist, a teacher, and a managing partner of Stonybrook. Her preferred mediums are glass and metal. I got to hang out with her while she was doing a little metal working. Her favorite piece of Carhartt clothing is the women’s tomboy jacket because she can wear it in the shop and still look great when she hops on the back of her husband’s motorcycle to go to dinner. To read more about Stonybrook Fine Arts visit their website here.
Carhartt does not make any garments that are specifically designed to be worn when welding. Carhartt Flame-Resistant Clothing will protect better than 100% cotton or synthetic garments because the FR fabric is self-extinguishing. However, flame-resistant clothing is susceptible to holes and fabric burns created by sparks and metal debris generated by activities such as welding.
Jill had an usual start to her career. After being arrested by a few undercover cops while she was selling crafts she made in summer camp on a New York street, Jill showed her ceramics at the ACC craft market in West Springfield, MA. Neiman Marcus, her first big client, helped Jill make an impression on the design world.
She’s now a licensed designer in a studio she shares with her husband and a few other ladies in downtown Boston. Their space is gorgeous, well-lit, and full of character. I fell in love with the bold patterns and bright colors of Jill’s designs. Browse through her website to see a few more goodies designed by Jill.
Katrine is a woman of many trades—ranging from interior design, retail styling, creating wooden sculptures and paper designs, to glass blowing. She invited me to her house while I was in Boston. I was so blown away by the space she and her husband, Peter, live in. I felt like I was taking a peek into a museum of their lives. Surfboards line the walls and their studio spaces flow seamlessly into the living space. Every nook and cranny is filled with something they’ve created or that’s important to them. Katrine’s interior design skills and up-cycled items create an inspiring and soulful environment. Take a look at the lamp Katrine is working on in the first few photos here. It’s made from vintage player piano paper, and each lamp has a different song streaming across it.
I also got to watch as they worked on a chandelier they are designing for a customer’s kitchen. (Check out some of their other collaborative work here.) It’s great to see a couple work so well together. In fact, they first met in a glass blowing class. I love a couple who works together and wears Carhartt together!
To see some more of Katrine’s sculptures and paper designs, explore her website here.
I think I should preface this post by telling you that I am a Texan girl who knows her bar-b-que. Last night I had one of the best meals of my life at Sweet Cheeks Q, a BBQ joint in Boston near Fenway Park. You might recognize Tiffani, chef and owner of Sweet Cheeks, as one of the two finalists on the first season of Top Chef. I have to admit that’s one of my favorite shows of all time, even though I’m a total mess in the kitchen!
Tif buys local ingredients for her restaurant. It’s great to see local businesses supporting local farming, and the freshness it brings to the food is undeniable. I can’t even pick out a favorite from the feast they presented me with last night. From the fried okra, to the pork belly, even to the rolls— every bite was pure happiness in my mouth.
If you’re in the Boston area, eating at Sweet Cheeks Q is a must. Check it their website to see the menu and location.
I’m in Boston to do some stories on a few inspiring women in the area. I can’t wait to share them with you in the following weeks. It’s been a great trip so far— my first time in this neck of the woods. I got to spend the day in Dedham, right outside of Boston yesterday. The Carhartt store in Legacy Place is incredibly interesting. Most of the materials that make up the space are reclaimed lumber. Boats and boat frames are suspended from the ceiling, and beautiful boat drawings and plans cover the walls. There’s even a pool table in the middle of the store for the shoppers who want to chill for a bit. Stay tuned for the upcoming posts about Boston women!