Roji (ROH-jee), is a Japanese word that literally translates as "dewy path" and refers to
the Japanese tea garden.
Traditionally, the roji would serve as a threshold into another state of mind and a means to
cultivate a spirit of simplicity in preparation for the tea ceremony.
Studio Roji was created in this same spirit, acknowledging the power of beauty to
transport and transform.
We strive to create gardens and artwork that reflect a deep reverence for the natural world.
Sam now lives in Vermont after 12 years of designing and building gardens on Mount Desert Island, Maine. After graduating with a BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he travelled to Japan twice to study the aesthetics of moss and stone in the garden.
He is especially passionate about creating intimate spaces that are calming and beautiful, using native plants and stones. Sam recently earned a certificate in Healthcare Garden Design from the Chicago Botanic Gardens and is excited to explore the potential of gardens to heal and restore.
For Kathryn, the garden is a place of solace; a place to be one with the elements of the earth. As she digs her hands into the soil, the garden and her daily life become intwined and nurture her soul. After having moved most of her life, her roots are now firmly planted in Vermont, growing with the beauty and rhythm of the seasons.
Kathryn's art is based in photography, fibers and mixed media, but she never quite knows what realm the next project is going to take her into.
She has a BFA in Fibers from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Sam and Kathryn met at MassArt in 1998. Their names were chosen at random to be partners for a collaboration project. The project went so well, they decided to commit to a lifetime of creating together. They have 2 children, a trio of dogs, a bunch of chickens and live on the foothills of the Green Mountains in Lincoln, Vermont.