August Clambake (with real clams!)

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Clambake is a gathering for designers, creatives, and those who like design and want to know more. It’s a time to get together, network, and hear about some of the cool new design work that is happening in RI. Two presenters from two different design disciplines present each month. Presentations are generally 15 minutes followed by Q&A.

For August, we are serving real clams - thanks to our partners from the Ocean State Oyster Festival! And to carry out the theme, we also have a special speaker on our ocean-eating environment. Join us at The Avenue Concept for a night filled with design, bivalves, and drinks. Clams run out fast, so come on time & mingle - and bring some cash, just in case. Speakers begin at dusk!

Check out the facebook event to see the work of our presenters, and register below!


Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall Originals

Matthew Hall Originals is a Rhode Island business with big plans to deliver top quality functional home décor, jewelry, and accessories to last a lifetime. Recognized for his handmade bronze Horseshoe Crab Bottle Openers, he hopes his pieces reflect respect and love for a healthy planet. He is a proud member/donor to Save The Bay, protecting our natural habitat and wildlife of the Narragansett Bay.

After working in several careers and changing plans, Matthew took the necessary next step - getting a BFA in Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design. Graduating on his own dime or many borrowed dimes, he learned to be flexible in his creations and sales. By putting his work out starting from art sales to online stores, then followed by a growing number of stores, he found success in what he loves and is always learning and growing.

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters

Jules Opton-Himmel

Jules Opton-Himmel started Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Farm in 2009 with a mix of hard science, a commitment to sustainable food, and input from the best chefs and thought leaders within the culinary world. After completing his Masters in Environmental Management at Yale, and working at an NGO for a few years, Jules wanted to make his office the outdoors. Rhode Island offered Jules the opportunity to start an oyster farm, and he’s been doing it ever since.