My sister and my daughter and I visited Cincinnati last week. We were entertained by Katie, my niece, and her husband Mike. Oh my goodness, they went way out of their way to show us their city, the baseball team, museums, cemeteries, parks and bars!
I am going to start with a cemetery. The Spring Grove Cemetery was downright awesome. It had huge trees, gorgeous ponds and incredible mausoleums. Every turn we made was more beautiful then the last one. The cemetery is pretty famous (who knew?) and I have some links if you would like more info here, here and here. If you ever get a chance to see this place, take it. Here are a few pictures:
After we did the cemetery tour, we headed to Findlay Market in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It reminded me of the Eastern Market in Washington D.C. and it was packed this Saturday morning. Here and here are two links to grab more information on this wonderful market. I did manage to grab two pictures when we were down there.
After a wonderful pizza lunch, we headed over to the University of Cincinnati. Katie runs the ceramic department at the university’s DAPP program. DAPP is the research and design arm where you can get degrees in Architecture, Art History, Fashion Design, and Fine Arts. Katie’s husband, Mike, also teaches there. For me, it was a design wonderland come true! It had computer design labs, CNC mills, woodworking and everything else a “Maker” would lust after. We did make some screens for printing. Now I need to get some ink and get to work! Here is a link to the DAPP website. And of course I had to take pictures of Katie’s studio and a random installation in the building:
I did not get pictures of the kiln rooms or the pottery wheels or the fabulous work tables but I wanted one of each!
I am sure we must have slept sometime, but I really don’t remember when! I do know where we slept, however. We had the whole third floor of a great B&B. The Clifton House was fabulous and the breakfasts were to die for. Thank you Nancy for a lovely stay! If you find yourself needing to sleep in Cincinnati, this is a great place.
There was a neighborhood cat that would visit us on the front porch!
The views from that porch were lovely.
Considering we were only there three (very) full days, we managed to do so much! Now, I absolutely despise baseball, but managed to go to the Cincinnati Reds vs. Saint Louis Cardinals game. The good news is that the views were terrific and the team we were rooting for (Reds, but don’t tell Randy) won! Here and here are links to more information on the ballpark itself. Here are the pictures:
That is Kentucky across the Ohio River.
On Sunday we went to Indiana to a flea market. Yep, we had a wonderful time and came home with some treasures. Good thing we had flown to Ohio, otherwise we would have wiped the market out of everything. It was a beautiful day to be rummaging around a market. I did not get any pictures of that outing.
Again, I think we slept, but I do not remember. I do know we went to see an art exhibit that Katie and Mike were in at the Contemporary Arts Center. They had an exhibit called the “Living Room”. The show runs May 18—September 2, 2013, so we definitely wanted to see it! Here is a great link that talks about their show. The fireplace was amazing. They also did another fireplace for the ICFF International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City this last May. On the Rookwood fireplace, Mike and Katie worked with Rookwood’s artist Terence Hammonds. In the “Living Room” there is a CNC milled wooden bear rug. It was gorgeous! Okay, here are the pics:
Well, I think we may be running out of pictures and words. Just so you know, we also went to the 21C hotel for a coffee break and many other places to eat.
Oh dang, I almost forgot our trip to Rookwood Pottery! Mike and Katie gave us a personal tour, introduced to us to many of the craftsmen and explained various aspects of tile making. I love Rookwood pottery. When we were at the flea market I bought a vintage Rookwood piece and at the factory I acquired a beautiful set of candlesticks. I was in heaven.
All in all, it was an inspiring trip! Go to Cincinnati sometime, you will love it.
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