Two Dog Life

In the beginning of 2018, I adopted a rescue dog named Mumbai from the wonderful Street Tails Animal Rescue. I really had no idea what the future would hold. Unfortunately, many dogs with behavioral issues are either abused or sent back to shelters because people don’t know how to correct a dogs negative reaction to inside and outside triggers with positive reinforcement. Thankfully my vet, Dr. Cohn from Fishtown Animal Hospital, assured me that whatever Mumbai was going through could and would change if I made the correct training decisions. I didn’t believe her at the time. I had my doubts and knew it would take a ton of patience and dedication to train him. I Googled, “How to train a Terrier?” The first thing that popped up was “Terror Terrier!”. I cried. But I couldn’t and wouldn’t give up. Although, the constant whining, barking, and sometimes biting made me feel worried, sleepless, and insane. My Mother would call and hear everything in the background. She’d say, “Are you sure this was a good decision?!” I definitely doubted myself. Especially since my neighbors could hear him bark. I really didn’t think apology cards and bottles of wine was enough for them. But really….when somebody has a baby and it’s constantly crying do people ask them if it was a good decision? Do the parents who live above me with the crying kid that hammers the floor care about the person living below them? Na. I compare myself with breeders(not dog breeders) only because I’m 40 years old and never felt like I needed to marry and have kids. I love kids, don’t get me wrong! I have amazing nieces and nephews. And many of my friends have fabulous kids. But what I’m REALLY hinting at is….where was my “new dog” shower? That would’ve been nice. (Laughing)

For five months I tried an Adaptil collar, Adaptil plug-ins, NutriCalm pills, calming soft chews, Rescue Remedy, Pet Calm, a Thundershirt, CBD oil, and Mumbai had a professional dog trainer from Philly Unleashed. Her name was Kelsey, and she did a fabulous job helping us understand clicker training. My friends who walk ACCT dogs, Millie and Anne(also ceramicists), gave me a ton of emotional support and training hints. It was nice knowing that friends understood what I was going through, and they tried to put me at ease reassuring things would change for the better. I also had friends come over and practice knocking on the door so he would welcome them in a calm manner. He still has his moments, but the daily dose of CBD oil, time, and socializing with many walks has helped with his anxiety. Now I look at that adorable face and have already forgotten how horrible his behavior was(Not really). And I’m writing about this because I lost many days and evenings in the art studio. For reasons that were truly worth it. In addition to my ceramic sculpture, my goal for the future is to start training dogs with or without behavioral problems. I’ve learned so much and I want to continue training other dogs and their owners. I love all animals and have always had them in my life. They complete me.

I’m making new work for POST Open Studio Tours at 1241 Carpenter Street Studios. So stay tuned!


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Annual Holiday Handmade Brigade

It’s that time again! Come and visit 1241 Carpenter Street Studios.  I moved into a new studio and will have a ton of work for sale during the Holiday season.  Liberty Bells, grater plates, jewelry, ornaments, mugs, and decaled functional wares! The second floor with have over 20 artists selling handmade pieces.

December 9, 2017, from 11- 6pm

If you can’t make it I’ll post artwork for sale on Instagram here: BHiney or on Etsy here: Brooke Hine : Etsy


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Artists’ raise money for Puerto Rico

On October, Friday the 13th, a group of passionate and driven artists worked together to raise over 2,000 dollars for Puerto Rico.  The event was held at the Philadelphia famous, “Sam’s Morning Glory Diner“, in South Philadelphia. The event was organized and hosted by the street artist known as, Philly Dragonaut. You can find his page on Instagram for any unsold artwork that was for sale in the silent auction.


Brooke Hine screen-prints


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DRIVEN by NATURE : Forage Space : Brooke Hine

OPENING: Aug 12., Narrowsburg, NY

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“Repetitive Motions” @ Gleaners Cafe in Philadelphia 

Go check out the amazing Gleaners Cafe in the Italian Market area.  I have some new and older porcelain sculptures up until the end of the month(June).

Reception: June 30, 5-8pm, 9/Christian


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Brooke made a large porcelain beer hop(with beer label decals), and it’s now displayed in the Tröegs permanent gallery.

Every year Tröegs has an art competition(Art of Tröegs) and the winner wins a cash prize and a spotlight exhibition in Hershey, PA.

Reception: July 13, Time: TBA

Here’s a video of Brooke Hine’s process while working at her studio at 1241 Carpenter Studios.

Screenshot 2017-10-24 14.44.39

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B nice B cause ::: Liberty bell’s awarded to the nice people of Philly!

I’m originally from Michigan.  Relatively speaking, the majority of residents in Michigan are very nice people.  After receiving my MFA in 2004, I moved to Philly and have lived in several different neighborhoods within the city center.  I was shocked by many experiences.  People in Philly would tell me to give it a few years.  I would shrug my shoulders thinking that I would definitely not give this gritty city more than two.  Well… here I am.  Thirteen years later, I’m still living in this edgy and tough North East place I call home.


My first Liberty bell was given to Mike, owner/manager of the mailbox store,  in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. If anyone knows this kind and quiet man– you’ll know he runs a smooth and efficient business.  Anytime I have to ship hundreds of Christmas cards or a few packages, I start having anxiety about the post office.  Thinking to myself, “how long will this take me?”  Definitely two or three hours!  My family in Michigan has no clue how fortunate they are.  They walk in, the employee knows their first and last name, and he or she takes care of them in minutes!  Most places in Philly have a line that wraps around endlessly inside the small building.  And while waiting in line you are forced to hear an older woman in front of you with her angry heavy gasps and the guy behind you screaming at his baby mamma.  And then I think to myself, “OH NO!  I need to move my car!  It’s been two hours and PPA is going to give me a $32 dollar ticket!”  So with that being said, Mike has saved my mental status on several occasions.  I now drive across the city and ship my packages from the Mailbox Store in Northern Liberties.  I’m not the only one who feels this way!

I thought of this idea because of Mike.  What a great person!  One day I was short money and he paid for it.  I mean…..who does that?  Mike does.  He had a bronze Liberty bell on his desk, but it wasn’t even half of a bell.  I thought to myself.  Mike deserves better than that!  Because of him, thank you kind Sir, I’m now going around the city and giving Liberty bell’s as trophy’s.  As “hard” as this city is, I’m quite certain, people like to be appreciated.  I’m not saving any lives by doing this– I just thought it would be nice to be nice.


My second Liberty bell was given to Gleaner Cafe in the Italian Market area of Philadelphia.  This amazing coffee shop is tucked away on 9th Street.  I feel like most tourists walk by, and amazingly enough, see their own reflection and keep walking.  Or they open the door and Electric Wizard or The Black Angels are playing and they realize they can’t buy a Philly t-shirt or cheese steak.  Every employee is super nice.  I’ve never felt like I was intruding or making their lives difficult by ordering my usual red-eye and Gleaner on Pumpernickel.  They have a different artist every month- and the artwork is always eclectic and quality.  Mostly two-dimensional but not always.  I’ve always had Amelia, Shannon, and Tara take care of me.  But I’m sure every employee is awesome.  Thank you, ladies!  I’m showing my ceramic sculptures there in June.  Come and see for yourself how great Gleaner Cafe is!

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