Say it with clay


January 09, 2000|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,sun staff

"Do the dishes" -- or the cups, bowls, mugs plates or other ceramic items at the Clay Studio, 3700 Maryland Ave., in Ellicott City. You can choose from more than 100 styles, and paint your item with your own design or use the shop's idea books and stencils. The Clay Station, which opened about a year and a half ago, will glaze and fire the piece and have it ready for you to pick up in a week or so.

The pottery items cost from $2 to $30, and there is a studio fee of $7 an hour for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. You can make your visit to celebrate an occasion, such as birthday or anniversary, and bring in food and drinks. For more information, stop by the store (Maryland Avenue is off Main Street across from the B&O Museum), or call 410-418-8800.

Making a splash in the garden

This is the time of year when garden catalogs start to arrive in the mail and gardeners' minds start to burble and overflow with ideas. If this is you, thoughts of a fountain have probably crossed your mind.

With a whiskey barrel fountain kit from Beckett, you can start your fountain inside, and move it outside when the weather allows (suggested retail, $49). Beckett also makes tabletop fountains in a variety of designs using a lightweight polyresin material ($30-$50). If you'd like something bigger, say a pond, you can get a starter kit for $99.

For more information about the art of water gardening, you can visit For Beckett products, call the customer care line, 888-BECKETT.

The Williamsburg look

Long for the straightforward, unfussy look of Colonial Williamsburg? The Lane Co. has introduced its Williamsburg collection of 95 pieces of wood and upholstered furniture.

There are three themes: Legacy, traditional cherry pieces, such as drawers and cabinets; Garden Images, with pieces inspired by restored gardens in Williamsburg; and China Passage, with wicker and rattan items that reflect the an 18th-century Colonial fascination with the Far East.

Prices are in the moderate range (for fine furniture); the chair, pictured, has a suggested retail price of $1,199, and the armoire, $2,999. Traditional or not, the collection offers such modern furniture items as entertainment cabinets, and "focal point" beds. Available at furniture, department and specialty stores that carry Lane. For information, call 800-750-LANE.

Adding a bright touch

The weather outside is frightful, but what could be more delightful than a trip to the Italian countryside? Especially if it's no further away than your kitchen or family room? Eisenhart has introduced a new collection of wall coverings and borders, called Toscana, inspired by frescoes found in the ancient city of Pompeii, as interpreted by California artist Brenda Walton.

The papers have rustic, faux finish backgrounds, and some have overlaid fruit or plaid designs. The bright colors are sure to bring as much cheer in January as in July. To locate an Eisenhart Wallcovering Co. dealer, call 800-931-WALL, or visit the Web site at

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