08/10/17 6:02am

Anyone can walk into a big box store and buy a run-of-the-mill four-piece dinnerware set. It’s much harder to find a mug featuring raindrop dimples or one made with clay found along Peconic Bay.

Ceramic artist Chris Fanjul, 39, specializes in just such pieces — including bowls, mugs, plates sculptures and more — all of which are anything but ordinary. Fanjul, who creates his comely yet functional pieces at his Mattituck home studio, contends that ceramics is as much of a form of creative communication as any traditional art.

“Its been seen for so long as a functional craft, but you can be as expressive with it as you’re able, as you chose to be,” he said during a late July interview. (more…)

10/31/11 8:15pm

The Winemaker Studio in Peconic is a tasting room for small producers on the East End.

The Winemaker Studio is a place for the unconventional and the obscure; a tasting room for the little guy.

Owner and independent wine maker Anthony Nappa opened the Peconic Lane studio this summer to highlight not only his own label, but to collaborate with other local and independent winemakers who may otherwise not have a place to showcase their wines.

“A region reaches a certain maturity when you can populate a tasting room with independent winemakers,” Mr. Nappa said. “None of us would have enough wine to support a tasting room, but it works if we do it together.” (more…)