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January 30, 2000|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Cozy colors

Hate cold weather? Warm up your decor with the sunlight of Provence. Waverly's Colors of Provence line offers rich tones of red clay, mustard, rose-russet, and deep and bright greens. Motifs are florals, paisleys or fruit. Prices for paper, borders and fabric by the yard range from $20.90 to $29. For information, call 800-423-5881, or visit www.decoratewaverly.com.

Clay display

Most of us take housewares for granted, handling them and seeing them for the useful functions they perform. To some clay artists from around the country, however, they are bursting with life and personality. Platters have wings and hands, teapots look like houses or decorated building blocks (right), servers look like leaves, and candlesticks bristle with spiky leaves.

All these objects are part of "Sublime Servers: A Celebration of Theatrical Possibilities for the Table," on display through Feb. 26 at Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington. The national invitational exhibit, which features 35 artists (though none from Maryland), is curated by Philadelphian Gail M. Brown.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-578-1919 or visit the Web site at www.baltimoreclayworks.org.

A hot tip

Here's a warm thought for a cold winter's day: lounging in front of a beautiful wood-burning soapstone stove, watching a crackling fire while the stove's bake-oven cooks your pizza Margherita. The stoves are from Tulikivi (pronounced too-lee-KEE-vee), of Finland, a country that knows a lot about cold weather and energy efficiency. Finnish soapstone is noted for its heat-retaining properties. The stoves use a remarkably small amount of wood and burn extremely cleanly. The stoves weigh between 2,500 and 10,000 pounds (not all have ovens), and prices start at $4,000.

For more information, call Tulikivi at 800-THE-FIRE, or visit the Web site at www.tulikivi.com.

Something to sneeze at

How quickly life can swing from the sublime to the (somewhat) ridiculous. Enter Sneezers, tissues that celebrate the playful side of life with boxes featuring characters from Sesame Street, the Rugrats and that icon of successful girlhood, Barbie. The boxes also have trading cards on the bottom. On the horizon: boxes featuring creatures from Blue's Clues, Pokemon, Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo.

The tissues, from Consumers Licensing Corp., cost $1.69 at supermarkets, drugstores and mass marketers. Kids can check out www.sneezer.com for information on joining the Sneezers Club.

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