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One-Off Ceramics by Leah Reena Goren

The Brooklyn-based illustrator manifests her flower and cat obsession onto dishes and vases to charming result

by Nara Shin in Design on 29 July 2014

Brooklyn, Ceramics, Handmade, Illustrators, Independent Designers, One of a Kind

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For a while now, Brooklyn-based illustrator Leah Reena Goren has caused waves due to her cat-influenced prints on tees, scarves and totes. In between working on her zine, Sad Girls and producing limited edition patterns for Anthropologie, however, Goren—who happens to share a studio with fellow artist and recent CH video subject Rachel Levit—has also produced some pretty unique ceramics that are equally eye-catching. Because she's first and foremost an illustrator, Goren plays with patterns and colors that aren't typical of the medium, resulting in flat cat dishes, rose-patterned cups (evoking vintage carpet bags), 3D heads sticking out of vases, bikini babe figurines and much more.

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Goren started making ceramics around two years ago—her mother, an art teacher, has a kiln in her classroom but Goren only began taking advantage of it recently, enjoying it enough to take classes in NYC. "Since my commercial illustration work is mostly 2D and then put onto products [or] 3D surfaces by clients, it feels really good to make a solid, functional piece on my own," Goren tells CH.

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She continues, "I do work in textiles a lot for my shop, but there's something more satisfying about how tangible and lasting ceramics feel. I like to try and translate the style of my illustration and surface pattern (cats and flowers mostly!) into the medium, which can be challenging because there are a lot of limitations with painting in multiple colors, fine detail, etc. I do sell most of what I make, but I try to keep it just for fun—it's a nice break from client work so I don't think I'd ever call myself a professional ceramicist. Most pieces are one of a kind for the same reason: I always want to try new things and not get bored!"

While about half of the designs are sold out due to their one-of-a-kind nature, you can snag what's available by visiting Goren's online shop, where pieces range in price from $40 up to $250.

Images courtesy of the designer

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Homemade Pies from Jam Jar Bakery

Binge-worthy bites baked in single-serving jars, ready to eat

by David Graver in Food + Drink on 28 July 2014

Mason Jars, Long Island City, Jars, Baked Goods, Pies, Sweets, Treats


Baking pies right in mason jars isn't a new concept, but you'd be hard pressed to find those as well as executed (both inside and out) as the offerings from NYC's Jam Jar Bakery. Created by Abby Lavin—an alum of the French Culinary Institute (as well as famed restaurant Colicchio & Sons and perennial baked goods favorite Magnolia Cupcakes)—the rich, all-natural pies are simply delicious and delightful. Each single serving dessert comes complete with a spoon and a touch of magic. Lavin devises new flavors each season and this summer's six all wow with gourmet mastery and full flavors.


"I bake them all in the jar. They go right into the oven like a little casserole," Lavin shares with CH. "I even print all my labels at home. They're also customizable, so I do events and catering and can print specific details, from dates to logos." And while pies in jars have been around for decades, there's something chic about these binge-worthy bites. "I've modernized it," Lavin concludes. "It's a classic offering with a twist."

Additionally, "We deliver all over," says Lavin. "Except for The Flea Nut, which is available only at the LIC Flea. That's a fudgey brownie base with a peanut butter topping. The Hot Fudge Toffee Crunch is our number one seller," she continues. "That's a fudgey brownie base with toffee and heath bar crunch on top." Both are wondrous, as is the Apple Pie offering, which lands that traditional Americana feel with sizable apple slices and a perfectly textured crumble. Regardless of which option especially tickles your fancy, each will surely meet the needs of the sweet-toothed out there.

Purchase Jam Jar Bakery's pies online for $6 each, or visit them at the LIC Flea at 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, New York from 10AM-6PM on Saturdays.

Lead image by David Graver, second image courtesy of Jam Jar Bakery

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Qudos by Knog: A Prim and Powerful GoPro Light

Open up a new world of possibilities for nighttime shooting

by Hans Aschim in Tech on 28 July 2014

Australia, Camera Gear, GoPro, Knog, Lights, Outdoor Tech


GoPros have changed the way people shoot and share footage. Whether you're strapping yourself up with weatherproof HD cameras for a powder day, looking for a new angle on a shoot, or just messing around with friends, the applications for the ubiquitous cams are near-limitless—that is, until darkness falls. For all the features packed into the cameras, a light isn't one of them. Luckily the bike light and accessory designers at Melbourne, Australia-based Knog created the Qudos, a sleek high-powered light with multiple settings that cranks out a whopping 400-lumens. Weighing just 150 grams, the Qudos is designed to follow the contours of the camera with durability to match. Three settings allow for tailored intensity and angle of the beam, including a spotlight mode, ambient soft lighting and wide-angle medium intensity setting optimal for shooting sports.

The first of its kind to offer this level of intensity in a compact design, the Qudos light will be available in black or white starting at $120 AUD. For more information visit Knog online.

Image courtesy of Knog

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