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Gardens NYC: Melting Pot

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George Iliopoulos's garden thrives in Staten Island

Growing up on a farm in Greece, New York restauranteur George Iliopoulos learned a thing or two about growing food. At 12, he hopped on a ship and headed to America. He finally settled in Staten Island, where his garden now produces plenty of fresh veggies for his family's table. But it wasn't always easy; despite his understanding of farming, things didn't always grow like he thought they......read more

James Balog: Ice

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New book vividly captures climate change in action

Between record ice melt and the new reality of offshore drilling in the Arctic, these are heady days for the Great White North. With his new book, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, National Geographic photographer James Balog captures in gleaming color just what's at stake as global warming transforms the Arctic. The 288-page coffee table book, featuring 200 color photographs shot in......read more

Mimi Goese & Ben Neill, "Cusp"

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Who knew watching ice melt could be so entertaining?

With 36,000 photos, 40 blocks of ice, and 40 timelapses of 4 hours each, French filmmaker Christophe Thockler manages to make the humdrum process of ice melting look rather incredible. The poetic clip, made for the Mimi Goese & Ben Neill song, "Cusp," features ice-blocked objects melting and, er, unmelting in stop motion. The objects are taken from the special edition......read more

Whistleless

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Cute, breezy short about a bird trying to find its voice

Age-old DIY printmaking meets animation in this charming short by Siri Melchior of Trunk studio, who made and scanned thousands of potato prints to use as textures for the animation. In the film, a little bird flies around his colofrul town, meeting a variety of animals and people. The problem? He can't whistle. Everywhere he goes, everyone can whistle properly except for him. But fear not! He......read more

Potomac Tops List of America's Most Endangered Rivers

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Conservation group American Rivers urges support for clean water protection

In an announcement that's as laden with symbolism as rivers are with sediment, American Rivers has named the Potomac River, which flows through the nation's capital, the most endangered river in the United States. "America’s Most Endangered Rivers," the annual report from the clean water advocacy group, noted that the Potomac is under increasing threat from pollution caused by urban......read more

Multi Stem Vase by Heath

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True blue ceramic design reflects the summer sky and sea $125.00

Heath Ceramics, the Sausalito, CA-based pottery manufacturer founded by mid-century ceramics legend Edith Heath, has released its new summer collection. From the new assemblage of functional objects comes this Multi Stem Vase, a unique layered design combining two blue glazes to create a new hue. Speaking to "the season, the horizon, to sky and sea," the vase is a lovely interpretation of coastal......read more

Ceramic Whiskey Cups by Shino Takeda

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Functional, handmade pottery deeply rooted in Japanese pottery traditions $75.00

Growing up on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, Shino Takeda was surrounded by a rich history of ceramics. When she relocated to New York City, she began creating her own pottery based on Japanese traditions, but with a distinctly contemporary flavor. Her regularly updated Etsy shop is full of her organic creations -- objects that wed handmade beauty with modern function. This set of four......read more

Wooden-Topped Container by Heath Ceramics

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California's favorite pottery brand introduces new colors for its popular, multi-functional container $52.00

California pottery brand Heath Ceramics has introduced four attractive new colors for its popular container design. Now available in tangerine, olive, aqua, and indigo, the multi-functional container comes  topped with a sandblasted and oiled wooden lid. "Use them in the kitchen to store your favorite sea salt, in the bathroom to hold toiletries, or on the tabletop for serving homemade......read more

Salt & Pepper Cellars by Rae Dunn

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Lovely ceramic spice containers handmade in San Francisco $48.00

Berkeley, CA-based ceramicist Rae Dunn operates on both sides of the imaginary line between art and craft. Her work, which ranges from custom-designed housewares to large-scale sculptures, is woven together by common themes like the beauty of simple shapes and natural forms. These square-shaped salt and pepper cellars display both in spades. Made of creamy-glazed porcelain and adorned with......read more

Silt Collection by VW&BS

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Ancient craft meets contemporary aesthetics in this stackable tableware set $315.00

Multidisciplinary design studio VW+BS uses ancient production methods and materials to create the totally modern-looking Silt Collection, a tableware set made of raw, unglazed purple clay. For millenia, purple clay pots and cups have been used to serve tea in China. "The unglazed material has the effect of softening the taste of the water in the same way as activated charcoal," said the......read more

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