Now, meet Alyssa Ettinger, pictured at left. After a career in magazine publishing, she started her own Brooklyn-based studio that produces beautiful porcelain ceramics. But like all humans, she has made at least one mistake in life: buying and/or keeping something really stupid.
In an exclusive interview after the jump, see what it is, hear why she still has it and find out what this pro thinks of Demi Moore’s on-camera pottery skills.
A frozen margarita machine
How did you come to own this?
A discount store around the corner from my office was having a clearance. It was $14.99.
In an average week, how often do you make frozen margaritas?
I have never used this machine. I bought it four or five years ago
Does this dumb thing fill you with joy or regret?
Stupidity, actually, and annoyance because it sits in a corner and collects an inordinate amount of dust
When I was in college we’d drink and make pottery. If hands were on the wheel upside-down margaritas were perfect. But my pottery was always crap because I have no visual art talent and I was drunk. Have you ever been buzzed and working in the studio? Is alcohol in the studio a good or bad idea?
Not only have I been buzzed at the studio, I’ve been buzzed while teaching at the studio. Relax — it was grown ups, I was teaching grown ups. I love having drinks during class when I have great people in my class–I put my party mix playlist on the ipod dock. It’s fantastic.
Can you give us your expert take on the classic pottery scene from the movie Ghost? Does Demi Moore know what she’s doing? It is romantic? Does it fill you with rage? Any thoughts appreciated!
How could I forget that scene? It’s mentioned to me ad nauseum if I’m on a date. She sort of knows what she’s doing, let’s just say her talent for acting is better then her throwing skills. Romantic? Men seem to think it is. But I rarely invite them to come watch because the last thing I want is to be distracted. Unless it’s Jake Gyllenhaal. He can distract me any day of the week.
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