Eleanor Roosevelt's Reassuring Advice

I used to consider myself shy. I no longer do, for I can confidently conduct interviews for my campus newspaper, lead productive consultations as a tutor at Pomona College’s Writing Center, and eagerly participate in class discussions. As long as there is a concrete topic at hand, I know what to say. But I must […]

The Power of Hope


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

For the past couple of years, I’ve been enamored with Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote. Reassured and inspired by her confidence that the dreams of today can shape the future of tomorrow, I wrote it on my whiteboard the […]

Natalie's Favorite Books in 2015

Natalie at Persephone Books in London (jet-lagged but excited to be in this wonderful book shop). A post is forthcoming about Persephone Books.

Given that we are now 16 days into 2016 (how did that happen?!), this post is a little late…. Nevertheless, below is a short list of a few of my […]

Natalie Reveals Her Ceramics Project

After being glazed, my pieces were ready for their second and final round in the kiln. The kiln is so deep that to place the medallions at the bottom, I had to fold over the edge with my head and shoulders in the depths.

The next day, the firing was complete. Once the […]

Visiting an Old Friend -- An 1886 Square Grand Piano

This is my second extended stay in Cambria. The first was in seventh grade, when my mom and I lived here for a month to pursue “nature studies,” the science portion of our homeschool curriculum. While we were here, we became acquainted with the leaders of the Cambria Historical Museum, a 19th century home […]

No Day is the Same in the Ceramics Studio

I have been working now for two weeks in the wonderful ceramics studio of Patricia Griffin — www.PatriciaGriffinCeramics.com. To read about what I’ve been learning and doing, read my earlier posts by clicking on the links below. I’ll be revealing my final project in an upcoming post 🙂

“Learning About Clay” http://twointhemiddle.com/2015/05/19/learning-about-clay/ “Ceramics in an […]

Ceramics Is Not All Fun and Clay

It’s been lovely to devote the past two weeks to being creative. My project is going swimmingly, and I have also had a most enjoyable time helping Patty with some of her work—I painted earrings and buttons she made with black glaze so that she could etch them, glazed some of her workshop students’ work, […]

Creativity, Intuition and Patience


Ten days into my project, I am starting to answer my essential question: What skills must a ceramic artist master distinct from those of a 2D artist, and how can some of these skills be applied to other facets of one’s life? The most crucial skills I have observed so far are creativity, […]

Ceramic Art in an Old Schoolhouse

Patty’s studio is in a 19th century one-room schoolhouse located on Cambria’s Main Street. The cream colored clapboard, red trim, and bell tower (the original 1880’s bell still resides up there) might as well be right out of a Little House on the Prairie novel, and arriving each morning is like going on jaunt […]

Learning About Clay

Patricia Griffin, Cambria Ceramicist

For the next three weeks, I will be studying ceramics under the guidance of Cambria based artist Patty Griffin. My essential question: What skills must a ceramic artist master distinct from those of a 2D artist, and how can some of these skills be applied to other facets of […]