Kenyon Side Projects: Claire Berman ’16

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Squad goals, tbh.

So, as it turns out, Kenyon students are pretty weird. The Thrill has decided to showcase the endearing oddities of our student body with a feature entitled “Kenyon Side Projects”. In this new feature, we will spotlight a Kenyon student with a side project that we find particularly intriguing. This time we’re excited to feature our own editor-in-chief Claire Berman ’15. Claire has been slowly building a formidable collection of ceramic poodles, called “spaghetti poodles” for their distinctive appearance. 

Claire, how did this collection first begin?

Well, I had one for a while before really knowing what it was. Then about a month ago I went on Craigslist and discovered the spaghetti poodle community. That very night I went on Etsy and bought another. I have purchased three in this past month alone. Also my sister has apparently just ordered me one, so when that arrives I’ll have five poodles in total.

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Do you have a favorite poodle?

My favorite is the one pulling the basket (pictured below) because it’s sort of creepy but also you can put stuff in the basket. And that’s nice.


Do you ever arrange them in specific poses?

I haven’t yet, but I’m thinking that I could arrange them like the Last Supper. I don’t have enough poodles for that yet. Someday, hopefully.

In a perfect world, how many spaghetti poodles would you like to own?

I would like an office full of them. Basically the goal is to have my room decor resemble that of Dolores Umbridge as much as possible.

Any parting words?

I’m honestly not sure if this collection is honest or ironic any more.

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