On a warm July afternoon we visited ceramicist Cassie Griffin’s Red Hook studio. Griffin, who has a practice of working with clay in different medians, creates functional vases as well as fine art, also recently created WALTER, a water purifier that is individually crafted using traditional techniques and the elemental material: clay. Creating WALTER was important to Griffin, as toxins are present even in the best tap water, which is often bottled and sold. Griffin began the process of making WALTER in the spring /summer 2016 around the same time that the Flint water crisis was very much in the public eye. For her it was becoming increasingly clear that clean water is one of the most important elements of keeping people healthy. WALTER is the combination of a handmade object and functional product/ appliance, that becomes an everyday ritual. Shop WALTER now in store at TPE.