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The Handmade Kitchen: Paula Greif in Brooklyn

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The Handmade Kitchen: Paula Greif in Brooklyn

Francesca Connolly April 09, 2012

Brooklyn-based Renaissance woman Paula Greif set herself a creative goal: to make everything in her kitchen by hand.

Greif views her working life as a horizontal line—she started as a graphic designer for magazines; later, she directed music videos and commercials; more recently, she's turned her attention to ceramics. Greif's house in Brooklyn is a project on that continuum; filled with her own hand-hooked rugs and distinctive pottery. Her inspiration? Alexander Calder (specifically, the book Calder at Home), who "extended his creativity to every corner of his existence." After reading about Calder, Greif began to make things for her own home; rug hooking led her to pottery, and ultimately, a desire to remake everything in her kitchen by hand.

Greif's pottery is available at Beautiful Dreamers in Brooklyn, Iko Iko in Los Angeles, and through Paula Greif Ceramics.

Photography by Anita Calero and Gemma Comas.

Above: Greif's kitchen is stocked with pottery from her own collection, along with vintage baskets and ceramics.

Above: A hooked rug made by Greif sits in front of the stove.

Above: Porcelain pottery with a white glaze and cobalt blue pinstripes. The Pinstripe Bowl is $45 from Iko Iko.

Above: A collection of Greif's stoneware footed bowls in shades of brown.

Above: Grief is drawn to sculptural pieces like the graceful table in the hallway.

Above: An eclectic mix of vintage and modern furniture animates Greif's living room.

Above: Greif's dining table is set with pieces from her own collection.

Above: A collection of dishes, spoons, and a napkin; all hand made by Greif.

Above: Dashes of yellow skip across the living area.

Above: Grapefruit by Yoko Ono sits in one of Greif's stoneware bowls—memorabilia from her first job working in the art department at Rolling Stone.

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