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January 18, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

The wheel still turns

Harborplace merchants aren't known for their longevity, which makes Brian Beckenheimer all the more noteworthy. He's a local potter who opened his shop, As the Wheel Turns, in the Pratt Street Pavilion 15 years ago. Almost everything sold there is handcrafted by Beckenheimer himself.

One of the few remaining crafts people at Harborplace who has his own shop, Beckenheimer is known particularly for his glazes and his raku pieces. He throws and fires his pottery in his north Baltimore County studio, then brings it to the shop several times a week.

As the Wheel Turns (410-576-0572) is located on the second level of the Pratt Street Pavilion.

"Better Homes and Gardens New Complete Guide to Gardening" (Meredith Books, $34.95) is just the book to curl up with on a gloomy winter day. Whether you like to just dream about or actually plan your garden this time of year, this comprehensive reference book is a must-have. It's a practical garden encyclopedia and, with its 270 pages of color photographs, a wish book as well. This is no fragile coffee-table beauty, but a practical guide that beginners and experienced gardeners will use and love.

More '70s redux: The shag carpet is back in all its glory. It's no surprise, considering the current fascination with texture. Shag looks great with retro furnishings or spare contemporary furniture.

Today's manufacturers are using yarns of various widths and twists that create an almost handcrafted look. Unlike '70s shags, these new versions hold their shape, resist soiling and are easy to maintain.

"Shag yarns have wear distributed along sides as well as the tips, allowing them to maintain their shape," says Jay Flynn of Queen Carpeting Corp. The company manufactures "Ultra Chic" shag, which has a pile more than 2 inches deep.

For the tres chic newborn, Palais Royal in Green Spring Station (410-828-4777) has introduced a new line of European baby bedding in three patterns: Le Petit Prince, featuring motifs from the classic children's book; Baigneur, with its little beachcomber figure complete with bucket and hat; and Berlingot, available in pink or blue gingham with a cheerfully waving embroidered bear.

The collection includes crib sheets, duvet cover, sham, towels, bunting bag, terry bib, tote, diaper bag, changing mat and accessories. Prices range from $20 to $68.

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