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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Wharton Esherick

A staircase in Wharton Esherick's Pennsylvania home.

Inside Wharton Esherick’s home in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy American Craft Council)

Wharton Esherick’s (1887-1970) famous 1931 Fischer Corner desk is no ordinary workstation. It has the undulations of a Futurist artwork, with wood panels ebbing and flowing wildly like Umberto Boccioni’s famous sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. Yet, it also has the hard angles and varied perspectives of Pablo Picasso or Georges Braque cubism.



Oyster Roasting

Oyster roast fire pit. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)

An oyster roast over an open fire – and sky. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)

Autumn is the height of oyster season in New England and the South, when bonfires and the return of football unite with the salty, sweet victory of prying open a Wellfleet, New Haven or Lowcountry oyster and passing around a hot toddy or jar of bourbon and ginger.


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