Recipe: Power Lunch

The weather is shifting & so should your menu, makers! Remember, ingredients that are in season taste better, are less expensive, & are more environmentally friendly! Here is a recipe to help you transition into winter with ease. Being busy is a go-to  excuse to eat poorly, but that is when you need wholesome nutrition the most! Along with the change in seasons come sniffling noses and harsh coughs. This meal will provide your badass body with the necessary tools to combat any germs that come your way. Creating this dish requires minimal effort, but you will enjoy the leftovers for days.

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Collaboration leads to more!

Last Spring, Lucy Derickson from Ethical Metalsmith Students reached out to me to see how our organizations could potentially collaborate. I knew right away that we would be a great match. So we teamed up and started looking for schools that would be interested in conducting research to benefit our field of makers.

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Melissa Ballone
Change is Inevitable

This year has taught me that change is inevitable, constant, and natural. The way the seasons shift from one to another. The way our bodies grow, strengthen, and wear. The way we move from one place to the next. The way relationships weave throughout our lives.

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Melissa Ballone
How Does Your Body Feel In The Studio?

Let’s talk about our muscles and the benefits of massage! As many of you know, I am an artist as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist and I strive to make massage techniques more accessible to makers everywhere. It is beneficial to incorporate massage into your daily routine, and you can do it without leaving the comfort of your own studio. These simple techniques will help you work out knots, increase blood flow and circulation, and get you energized!

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Melissa Ballone
Interview: Potters Skin Butter

I found my love for pottery when I was in college. I was on a study abroad trip to Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia. I took a pottery class with Ted Saupe and we got to work with local clay and experiment with Majolica glazes.We had the chance to tour Deruta, Italy where we learned about the rich history of majolica pottery and I had the opportunity to see how it is still produced today.

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Melissa Ballone