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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:

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

Spring Grove Cemetery

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.

Findlay Market area

Findlay Market in historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio

Findlay Market in historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio

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:

Katie's studio at DAPP of the University of Cincinnati

Katie’s studio at DAPP of the University of Cincinnati

 

Katie's studio at DAPP of the University of Cincinnati

Katie’s studio at DAPP of the University of Cincinnati

Katie's studio at DAPP of the University of Cincinnati

Katie’s studio at DAPP of the University of Cincinnati

I did not get pictures of the kiln rooms or the pottery wheels or the fabulous work tables but I wanted one of each!

DAPP at the University of Cincinnati

A Cheetos Gun

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.

Clifton House Bed and Breakfast

Clifton House Bed and Breakfast

There was a neighborhood cat that would visit us on the front porch!

Emily and Creek

Emily and Creek

The views from that porch were lovely.

View from Clifton House porch

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:

Great American Ballpark

Great American Ballpark

View of the Ohio River from ballpark

View of the Ohio River from ballpark

Great American Ballpark

Great American Ballpark

Great American Ballpark

Great American Ballpark

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:

The artist and her  "The Living Room" Contemporary Arts Center

The artist and her
“The Living Room”
Contemporary Arts Center

The CNC milled wood bear rug

The CNC milled wood bear rug

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.

Emily and Katie

Katie and Mike

Katie and Mike

 

Great Trio:  Mike, Katie and Emily

Great Trio: Mike, Katie and Emily

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.

As always, comments are fabulous!

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6 Responses to CJV in Cincinnati….

  1. Charlotte Liddeke says:

    Wow! Who knew Cincinnati is so interesting and beautiful!! Katie and Mike’s fireplace is on the Rookwood homepage!

  2. mj says:

    Wonderful, fabulous post! Let’s make it a yearly tradition — I had so much fun and these pictures bring it all back. Thank you, thank you..

  3. Emily says:

    This was an awesome trip! I love Cincinnati and had a great time with everyone. You need to post pictures of your new candlesticks, because I haven’t seen them!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    I enjoyed reading about your wonderful trip! Also, I loved seeing pictures of Emily, Katie, and Mike. They are such beautiful adults. I’m proud of all of them.

    Mary Ann

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