25. Cheyenne Mallo, Catskills Ceramicist
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On today’s episode, I go for a hike in the Catskills, with local artist and ceramicist extraordinaire, Cheyenne Mallo. Cheyenne and her partner Zac handmake functional pottery such as mugs, bowls and dishes that feature topographic map-imagery of mountains, hiking trails and rivers out of their home studio. I’ve been a big fan of Cheyenne’s style ever since I first laid eyes on one of her mugs back in 2017. As someone who is drawn to all things hiking maps and coffee-drinking, I certainly fall right into her target market, and have been happily adding her pieces to my kitchen cabinets ever since. My fan-girling got a major boost last summer, when I got to chat with her in person at an event in the Catskills and find out just how much she beams with mid-western friendliness.  

During this conversation we talk about her love for hiking and her connection to her surroundings, her artistic process, the importance of residency programs in the arts, as well as some of the challenges and joys of being a small business owner. It was a true pleasure to head out for a walk alongside Cheyenne in the very landscape that inspires her art!

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Anjali’s Cup Turmeric Blends — use code “GIRLGOTTAHIKE” for 15% off your cart at anjaliscup.com

Gossamer Gear — use code “GIRLGOTTAHIKEGOSSAMER” for 15% off your first purchase at GossamerGear.com

Check out GG’s amazing backpack lineup here:
Mariposa (60-Liter)
Gorilla (50-Liter)
G4-20 (42-Liter)
Kumo 36 (36-Liter)

Cheyenne Mallo can be found at:
@cheynnemallo on Instagram
Cheyenne Mallo Pottery website
Cheyenne Mallo on ETSY

Other info:
Ashokan Quarry Trail info from Catskill Mtn. Club
Olive Library – Ashokan Reservoir Photo Collection
Map of land taken for Dam – From Olive Library Collection
PeakFinder App
NYNJTC Maps – New York New Jersey Trail Conference

NEW! Get yer Girl Gotta Hike hats here!

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