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Bridge Burners Vol. 18- Sarah Wolf of Wolf Ceramics

Creating Bridge & Burn required a leap of faith. Founder Erik Prowell quit his job as a software developer, lit the proverbial match, and threw it—burning the bridge of working for anyone else behind him. With no formal training, he trusted his smarts and his strong work ethic, and took the plunge. In that spirit, Bridge Burners is a series showcasing people who are taking a similar leap. This month, we chatted with Sarah Wolf of Wolf Ceramics

What was your first foray into the world of ceramics? Did you always know this was a career you wanted to pursue?

I definitely didn’t know that I would find my way to a career in ceramics! I always loved making art and had the good fortune of having a mother who was a professional painter and parents who encouraged both creative practices as well as math and science, which I also enjoyed. I was attracted to making objects that are useful and functional, from sewing my clothes, to making beach forts and knitting hats.

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Beats & Burn Vol. 39: Sophie Carpenter

Sophie Carpenter - Beats & Burn


This edition of Beats & Burn is a little different. When Sophie Carpenter agreed to create an end of summer playlist for us, we figured there would be no one better to capture the essence of that playlist through artwork than her. We've long admired her dreamy, Southern California inspired photos and agree that this playlist is the perfect companion for a day of exploration. Read on for why she picked these tunes and photo.



"Southern California is the perfect place for a weekend road trip. You can be in the mountains, the desert or at the beach in just a couple of hours. Whether you are on a summer road trip, or just driving to work, these are some of my favorites songs to sing with the windows down.


Sophie took this photo on a Sunday drive through Malibu. Parked outside of the Surfrider Malibu, this old school ride & rack of surfboards perfectly exemplifies what Sophie loves most about LA- access to nature and a laidback atmosphere. 


- Sophie Carpenter

Sophie Carpenter is a production accountant for NBC's The Good Place and a photographer capturing all there is to love about Los Angeles.


Laura Arbo's Guide To The Perfect Road Trip


The road-trip has been romanticized for years and for good reason. There is a complete sense of freedom, mystery and anticipation that accompanies leaving your home and setting off for the wide open road. Yes, there will most definitely be setbacks along the way but with some proper planning, you're likely to come home with memories and stories that will be passed down for years.

Last summer, after a few years of researching, my husband and I finally purchased a 2001 Volkswagon Eurovan and have been hitting the road almost every weekend and holiday since. You could say we have a few road-trips under our belt and when you live in a place as gorgeous and majestic as the Pacific Northwest, you can't help but want to explore every chance you get. We've compiled a list of tips to help make your trip a little smoother the next time you set out on an adventure of your own.

1) At the beginning of the year, create a list of places you want to visit in the upcoming months. This way, when free time does come around you aren't stuck trying to decide where to go. This will also help push you to explore new places instead of returning to comfortable spots. Plus, crossing things off a list is mighty fine and really gratifying.

Laura brings along the Hazel button-front top and the Clipper drawstring pants.

2) Research is your friend! If possible, you want to book your places to stay ahead of time so you can focus your energy on enjoying the moments ahead. We recommend Airbnb, Hip Camp and for campsites + other housing. is a newer system and there are some kinks still being worked out but you can find amazing campsites (and locate the ones with showers!!) We have gotten some great walk up spots when reservations were filled but we've also ended up on forest roads and parking lots. A little extra prep can't hurt.

Matt packs the versatile Marten button-up shirt and the comfortable Norton shorts

3) Pack for warm or cold. As you probably know, the weather in the PNW can change drastically in a few hours. It can sometimes reach high 80s in the day and low 40s at night. I personally hate being cold (yeah so I also hate being hot) so layers are my friend. Don't forget the warm socks!

4) Before heading out, download your favorite playlist + podcasts onto your phone in case you run out of service. Also, be sure to download google maps as well. Being somewhere without service can be fun and relaxing but getting lost on forest roads can really dampen the vibe.

Laura layers up with the best-selling Linnton sweatshirt in Rose

5) SNACKS! You need them. Lots of them. Splurge on good + healthy snacks! We love packing charcuterie board supplies with meats, olives, cheeses and veggies. Some other great options are carrots, hummus, protein bars, instant oatmeal, fruit and eggs. This way, if you're in a pinch you aren't forced to eat McDonalds for several meals in a row. (Not that I have anything against those fries!)

6) This goes without saying but leave no trace when you're camping. Make sure to pack out all of your trash and never start a campfire during a burn ban. The fines can be close to $2,000 and you don't want to be that person anyway. That person is no fun.

7) Document! We bring our Instax + DSLR along on all our trips to snap some photos that we can keep at our home. This way, we're taking photos on something other than our phones. It's nice to put those things away sometimes.

Enjoy it! I would love to know your tips + tricks plus any favorite road-trips that you've been on. We're always planning our next one! Happy trails!

Follow along with Laura Arbo on her blog and Instagram.