Of the Moment: Christopher Spitzmiller
Ceramicist. #PottertothePresidents (he’s crafted four lamps for presidential administrations). Author. Entertainer. Weekend Farmer. New Yorker.
“I’m so happy to see more and more people on the streets and in restaurants every week. New York City is an endless fountain of inspiration and connection to feel artists and clients. There’s nothing like September in the city!”, says Spitzmiller.
In his latest endeavor, the coffee table treasure, A Year at Clove Brook Farm, author Spitzmiller takes readers on an escape to his magical, Millbrook New York country retreat, Clove Brook Farm.
Inside, four glorious seasons worth of entertaining musts, chic geese (yes, geese!), recipes, gardening tips, decorating eye candy, and countless reasons to celebrate the beauty around us with those we love.
Below, a rapid fire Q&A with our latest Of The Moment, Christopher Spitzmiller.
Upper East Side (NYC) and Millbrook, NY
Millbrook, NY - Christopher’s geese in his Dove Cote Garden via Instagram
Potter, ceramic designer/maker, author of A Year at Clove Brook Farm.
To Me, September Is…
My favorite month of the year! My birthday is September the 7th, and I’ve long said September is one of the most glorious months of the year. There's less to do in the garden, nights are cool, and we have dahlias prolifically blooming!
Dahlia Season - A look at Christopher’s gorgeous September blooms via Instagram
Be positive. Live in the solution.
My 2021 Fall Vibe:
A vest and a smile!
Favorite Christopher Spitzmiller Design:
Anything in Prussian Blue, it's one of my signature colors.
Prussian Blue: A Christopher Spitzmiller Ginger Jar Lamp With Basket Weave
The Most Surprising Part Of Writing A Book:
That Laura Bush would write me a congratulation note!
The Inspiration Behind My Book A Year At Clove Brook Farm:
I have learned so much about gardening, entertaining, keeping flocks, and
collecting antiques and wanted to share it with others. To encourage
people to try some of the things that I have learned to do and not be afraid of failing, as it's part of the learning process.
Alive In All Its Magic, Clove Brook Farm via Instagram
When I Need Inspiration I...
Peruse auction house websites. Seeing old shapes and rediscovering them is a great motivator.
What You’ll Always Find In My House:
Dogs, plenty of books, well made beds, fires roaring in the winter, and a well stocked ice box.
Lyon Spitzmiller & Fanny Spitzmiller in Central Park, NYC via Instagram
Autumn Host Gift:
Honey from the bees at Clove Brook Farm.
My Song of September:
Earth Wind and Fire, "September"!
My Autumn Essentials:
Vests and corduroys.
Never Did I Think I Would...
Make lamps for four presidents.
Must Watch/Listen To…
The Chicken People Movie, it’s like "Best in Show", but it’s real people who show poultry professionally.
Porthault bed linens.
When You’re In NYC You Must…
Eat out! New York has the best restaurants in the United States. There are so many good ones!
Favorite NYC Restaurant:
Le Bilboquet and Mr. Chow
Dinner For Two - Mr. Chow NYC
Favorite Spots/Hidden Gems In NYC:
Central Park, really all year long, but in September it's magical!