My Best Friend in Paris


Heidi Loewen is American but if anyone epitomizes the ‘joie de vivre’ in the truest French sense of the word, it would have to be Heidi. Growing up in Rochester, New York, we lived across the street from one another. When she left for college, we lost touch for a while until I learned that she was heading for Paris the same year I was going over as a student at the Sorbonne. She also was studying art and the best surprise was that she would be living just a few blocks away off of Denfert Rochereau in Montparnasse.

It was Heidi that first told me about the best outdoor market in the neighborhood at Rue Daguerre – and it was Heidi that threw the greatest parties in the leafy green courtyard of her French host family’s discreetly elegant house a few footsteps from the Belfort lion.

Although, Heidi is no longer living in Paris, she hasn’t lost her command of the French language, nor her flair for living. This year she’s celebrating the 10 year anniversary of creating extraordinary porcelain sculpture at her studio and gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She will be featured February 11 Sunday (2 pm EST &Pacific, 3 PM Mountain) on the Food Network on Giada’s Weekend Getaways. Giada De Laurentiis, grandaughter of Dino De Laurentiis will join Heidi in her studio for a porcelain pot throwing session.

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Here’s Heidi (left) with her roommate at one of their famous Paris parties.
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I think that Heidi puts a little bit of Paris into her extraordinary sculpture. Don’t be surprised if soon there will be a perfume created for Heidi. If you should find yourself in Santa Fe, New Mexico, drop in at Heidi’s porcelain studio (Heidi Loewen Porcelain) at 207A North Guadeloupe to thow a pot, and have a fun conversation in French. Paris is closer than you think!