Art Shack Brooklyn

The Artshack in Brooklyn is a women-owned-and-operated ceramics studio. It was founded in 2008 by McKendree Key and Dany Rose. We got to spend the day with a few of the artists who teach and make there including Laura Protzel, Alayna Wiley, Zena Pesta, and Ash Donnelly.

“Artshack is a community-based not-for-profit ceramics center. We use our creative skills to helps kids hone their own ideas. We then collaborate with our students to fabricate molds, and create casts of their work to sell in our shop. 100% of the profits from those casted replicas sold goes towards raising money for scholarships for kids to take art classes. We believe that all kids deserve access to quality arts education and strive to make that readily available to young artists in Brooklyn.” –Ash Donnelley of @artshackbrooklyn

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Alayna Wiley is a ceramicist, an art educator, and a craft curator. When she’s not working at The Art Shack, she’s a studio assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her education is impressive and extensive. She’s studied at Oberlin College, Germantown Academy, and Harvard University to name only a few. Visit her website to take a closer look at her work.

The Artshack Brooklyn / Crafted in Carhartt

“When I was a teenager, my wildest dream was to move to New York City to become a practicing ceramics artist and a fighter for social justice. I could only dream of running a nonprofit community ceramics art space in my neighborhood, I had been told by so many people that such a job didn’t exist. My advice to young women who want to make a difference in others’ lives or want to be artists, is to always push yourself to keep making things. Never allow yourself an excuse, we as women are never too weak to do or be anything we desire. Be confident in what you believe and what you want, and always consider the ways you can use your creative practice to make a difference in someone else’s life.” –@ashdonnellyceramic of The Art Shack in Brooklyn 

The Artshack Brooklyn / Crafted in Carhartt

“ArtShack has a really unique atmosphere. There is a strong community here of adults and children making art. Adults are inspired by the kids and vice versa. It was through this community that I found my own interest in clay. It sort of just fell into my lap, I am so glad it did. 

I have been at ArtShack for about a year. I am currently the Director of the Kids Program. I design the curriculum and teach the weekday kids courses… 

I am a 31 year old kid, so kids truly are my people. The best part of my job is getting closer with these young artists and learning from them. Kids have incredibly insightful perspectives on the world around them, that they bring to their ceramic creations. I feel so lucky to spend my days with a wonderful community of artists of all ages especially in these turbulent times.” –Laura Protzel of @artshackbrooklyn 

The Artshack Brooklyn / Crafted in Carhartt

“I’ve been working in Ceramics for 15 years! I had a very thorough education in ceramics at my undergrad in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Institute of Art under William Brouillard and Judith Salomon. So thorough, that the Pratt Institute hired me straight out of undergrad to run their Ceramics Department. At Pratt i taught undergraduate and graduate level courses, it was a great place to continue to pursue and share the alchemy of clay and glazes through chemistry and experimentation. While at Pratt I took time to travel to Jingdezhen China and participate in a Ceramic residency at the Pottery Workshop. This place is the incredibly wild porcelain capital of the world; 2.8 million people working in ceramics. The magical dirt of clay has also taken me to Australia where a great concentration of potters live!” -Zena Verda Pesta of @orangepopsiclesandle

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The Artshack offers classes to children and adults. If you’re interested in learning more about hand building, wheel throwing, glazing, plaster mold making or slipcasting—head on over to @artshackbrooklyn for more info.

Visit http://www.artshackbrooklyn.org/kidstest/ to sign up for kid classes & visit http://www.artshackbrooklyn.org/adults/ to sign up for adult classes. 

Blue Marble Ice Cream

Ten years ago, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Gallivan, opened Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn. Their products are entirely organic, made from only high quality ingredients, and absolutely no hormones, antibiotics, harmful pesticides and artificial additives. Manufacturing in New York with ethical and sustainable practices is crucial to this woman-run company.

We got to tag along as Jennie, CEO of Blue Marble Ice Cream, and Susan Jo, Ice Cream Chef, went about their normal routine. Join us this week as we talk ice cream and show you around their facilities in Industry City, a historic industrial complex built in the 1800s.

“We have been committed from the beginning to creating what we call “elemental ice cream” — this is traditional flavors, created with integrity.  We believe that if you use the absolute highest quality ingredients, folks will taste the difference — and they do!” Jennie Dundas, CEO of Blue Marble Ice Cream

“After going to art school in LA, I moved to NYC for an internship at an art magazine, hoping for a career in art publishing. I worked some restaurant jobs on the side (front of house), and unknowingly started to fall in love with the food industry culture. The magazine eventually folded, and after a series of unfulfilling admin jobs, I looked back to my love of food and working with my hands for a new path. I enrolled in night courses at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) while working for a fashion company, and after graduation, quit my office job to work in kitchens. I worked at some really great restaurants for some amazing chefs for 6 years. Last year I decided I wanted to take a step back from the hustle of restaurant kitchens for various personal reasons. I saw an ad for a part-time ice cream maker at Blue Marble, and thought it sounded perfect.  And it was!  My role quickly shifted from ice cream maker to Ice Cream Chef.” -Susan Jo, Ice Cream Chef at Blue Marble Ice Cream

Blue Marble Ice Cream / Crafted in Carhartt

Ever wonder what a day in the life of an Ice Cream Chef is like? Susan Jo gives us a step by step look at her job:

  1. Get changed into work clothes and grab a coffee.
  2. Consult my production list for the day + decide on a music playlist.
  3. Fill out production sheets (includes recipes and quantities that will be produced).
  4. Assemble and sanitize the Emery Thompson (ice cream machine)
  5. Build the (ice cream) tubs, if necessary.
  6. Load up my speed rack with ingredients.
  7. Scale/mix a batch, pour it into the machine.  While it’s spinning, get my next round scaled and ready.
  8. Extract the ice cream. Repeat steps 6 – 8 until everything’s finished.
  9. Break down the machine, wash the dishes, clean down my station and the kitchen.
  10. Go up to the office to process the data for the day’s production.
  11. Go home and dream up new flavors!

Blue Marble Ice Cream / Crafted in Carhartt

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Ice Cream Chef, Susan Jo, building an ice cream tub

“For anyone looking to get into not necessarily ice cream, but any type of kitchen work: before you go dropping out of school, or quitting your day job, or enrolling in an expensive culinary school–try it out. Actually go work in a kitchen. Get a stage, or an apprenticeship, and see if it’s really for you. It’s not what a lot of people think it’s going to be, and it’s certainly not for everyone.” -Susan Jo, Ice Cream Chef

“My favorite flavors are in line with our ‘less is more’ philosophy.  Give me a great Vanilla, Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, or Green Tea – they need no mix ins because the quality of dairy and lower sweetness level make them as dreamy as a great classic gelato.” -Jennie Dundas, CEO of Blue Marble Ice Cream

Blue Marble Ice Cream / Crafted in Carhartt

Blue Marble Ice Cream / Crafted in Carhartt
“Nobody can really be sad eating ice cream, can they?” -Susan Jo, Ice Cream Chef 

Ship Blue Marble Ice Cream straight to your front door here.

Brewer Katarina Martinez

Meet Brewer Katarina Martinez. She owns and operates Lineup Brewing, out of Brooklyn.

“I’m from Colorado so an interest in beer kind of came organically. It started with acquiring a taste and quickly evolved into wanting to learn more about the different styles and processes. Eventually I reached a point where I thought, ‘hey, I can make this at home.’” –@katarina_martinez

Katarina Martinez of Lineup Brewing / Crafted in Carhartt
“Currently, I love clean styles. A good Pilsner or pale ale that highlight even the smallest subtleties of the hop addition’s flavors and characteristics.” -Katarina Martinez

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“It’s always difficult being a woman in a male dominated industry. Will they accept me? Will they take me seriously? The industry and brewers themselves have been great at accepting me for the most part. Consumers are definitely the harder audience.

Leaping is always the hardest part. Leaving a stable career at Adobe in NYC was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Losing that security net is daunting, but freeing at the same time.” -Katarina Martinez

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“Learn! Start homebrewing. Take classes. Know more than the men that won’t take you seriously. Give zero reasons for anyone to question your expertise. Women are resilient. We always work harder because we often have to.

It’s not glamorous! So many people hit me up with the dream of owning a brewery but have never even explored homebrewing. Fermentation is not for everyone. I’ve encountered some of the most horribly gross situations along the way.” -Katarina Martinez of Lineup Brewing

“I did an interview where they asked me, ‘As a woman what kind of beer are going to make for your audience?’ And I said I am going to make good beer that both men and women want to drink. They thought I was maybe going to make a pink beer or something. Why does that have to be the thing that gets thrown out there? I can’t escape the fact that I’m a woman and I am going to keep embracing it. If I can make really great beer and be an example of a woman in beer who does that, it will prove everyone wrong and extinguish all the beliefs that that isn’t possible.” -Katarina Martinez

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Follow Lineup Brewing for updates on where you can find Katarina’s brews.