Category Archives: Inspiration

Binnewater Lane

On Tuesday, Shannon and I went to Rosendale to visit the Women’s Studio Workshop. Driving through the town I saw many beautiful old buildings that were brightly colored and decorated with lovely Victorian features. We somehow managed to get slightly lost but found Binnewater Lane and arrived on time. At WS Workshop we met with Ruth and she was kind enough to give us a tour of the studios. It is a charming place where you will find friendly artists busy at work in each and every room. The house has an antiquated feel to it as you walk through and hear the wood floors crackling underneath your feet. I saw an antique printing press, old-fashioned oilcan, and a freshly baked pie sitting on a paper cutter. The ceramics studio is tucked away in the basement of the house. I am excited to say I will be doing an internship there this summer! I look forward to it.

After Shannon and I left WS Workshop we decided to visit Roos. It’s a bright gallery with high ceilings and an amiable owner, Heige. She gave us samples of the most delicious jam and crackers. The current show on display is called use (n.) use (v.) curated by Melissa Halvorson & Christina Osburn. Not much ceramics in the show but if you have some time it’s always nice to look at art, plus you get a piece of origami paper that instructs you how to make a box, which you can take home as a little souvenir.


Grid Plans

I recently took a trip to the library in search of a book to satisfy my hunger to better understand New York City. That is when I found New York City Neighborhoods: The 18th Century, by Nan A. Rothschild. I was immediately attracted to these simple yet beautiful grid plans, which were sporadically found through out the book. Not only was I visually pleased with what I found in this book, but the text is also exceptionally informative and interesting. The book is about an archaeological study of the growth of Manhattan during the eighteenth century. It provides excellent insights into the development of urban structure and how they are defined spatially.

Here are a few examples of grid plans found in this book.


"Fork what you think, I do what I want!"


a study of rectangles

SUNY New Paltz Ceramics

An Educational Resource Companion


Spring 2013

Bri Murphy

Artist, Maker