Elise Birnbaum’s OATMEAL Offers Nature-Inspired Sculptural Vessels

The studio practice began in Japan and has grown substantially in Pittsburgh

For OATMEAL owner Elise Birnbaum, crafting ceramics means replicating forms; perhaps the sculptural elements of a pruned cloud tree or the soft curves of a human body. When she first opened the shop, her bulbous and tiered vessels elicited questions about their function, but now Birnbaum faces rabid demand to keep her shop stocked—a testament to her work’s originality and appeal. “I was not traditionally trained …

Sight Unseen’s “Offsite Online” Has a Renewed Mission

Sight Unseen’s virtual exhibition Offsite Online commences this week with a mission to direct funds to the participating parties’ chosen organizations—18 different initiatives that work to benefit Black and indigenous people and to fight white supremacy. The exhibition features work by 100+ designers, brands and students. It’s the virtual version of their beloved Offsite event which usually occurs in-person in NYC. Some pieces exist as …