Is He the Next Martha Stewart? ‘Not So Fast,’ Says Martha.

With a new book about a year at his stylish upstate farm, the ceramist Christopher Spitzmiller tries on the mantle of the lifestyle pundit.

Joan Rivers was honking her head off. Pat Altschul was pecking at grubs. Carolyne Roehm sat in a brooding shed, downy feathers fluffed about her, hatching an egg. Any time a visitor strayed near this small flock of Sebastopol geese, Bill Blass, the resident gander, stuck his neck out and hissed.

“It’s mating season,” said Christopher Spitzmiller, the gentleman farmer responsible for this gaggle of geese named for socialites, a comedian and a notoriously tetchy fashion designer. “Bill gets a little pushy at this time of year.”

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