We asked Demetria Chappo a few questions so that we could get to know her a little bit better – and we are delighted to share her answers with you. Single Stone proudly carries her ceramics in our store and online and think they would make a lovely addition to any home. Read Demetria’s answers below, and stop in to see her beautiful work!
Hole-in-the-wall restaurant and the best thing on the menu
Court Street Grocers makes the best sandwiches in Brooklyn — the VegItalian reminds me of a vegetarian muffuletta if such a thing existed (muffulettas are one of the quintessential sandwiches of New Orleans). I recommend asking for their signature olive mix on the breakfast sandwich.
Mazzat on the Columbia Waterfront has hands down the best the hummus and falafels around.
Morning: Coffee with rosewater and almond milk.
Afternoon: I’m southern which automatically means I enjoy a glass of iced tea. I’ve been drinking a turmeric ginger lately. I just discovered a hibiscus tea and passionfruit juice from the Red Hook food trucks next to my studio which is so delicious and refreshing. I keep meaning to try brewing my own kombucha.
Post studio: Maybe a glass of wine, a beer with jalapeño, or Mezcal neat – smokier, the better.
Fashion trend that you are happy made a comeback
Letterman jackets. Ha, ever the 90s girl. I lettered in acting and swimming in high school. My jacket is green and gold with “Deme” patched on the back.
Scent is one of my favorite things. I discovered a passion for it while working in brand marketing in the beauty and fragrance industry and writing the descriptions and stories for brands. But I think I’ve always loved scent. Nothing compares to the smell of an afternoon summer rain on hot pavement.
I wear fragrance everyday, usually layering them, decided by mood, the season, the weather. Currently my go-to is layering fig and santal edps. In my home and studio I like incense, candles and aromatherapy diffusers. Nag Champa is classic. Lately I’ve been burning an Encens Smoke candle by Burning For You at my studio. The diffuser is great in the morning during yoga and getting ready for the day (lemon and peppermint oils) and night time ritual (lavender, geranium and ylang ylang).
Home cooked dish
Baklava. It’s my Yaya’s recipe and my family has always made it on holidays and big occasions. We can’t arrive to a family event without it.
I really enjoy cooking. I’m constantly experimenting with new recipes whether or not I have all the ingredients in the house. It’s like the Chopped basket, you have to be creative and play with substitutions.
Best advice you received about:
Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish, of yourself and of others.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
When you’re in a hurry, go slow. One of my acting teachers in college would say this and it resonated with me, especially living in New York, where there is constantly a feeling that everything should be faster, it’s a reminder to have intention while paying attention.
Go outside. (Outside yourself, out of the box, out in nature.)
What are the things that truly make you happiest?
Family & friends, sunsets, the beach of course, and my hands in clay.