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Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

December 2009 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! It is coming to you at the same time that we have recently published a big remodel of our website indigostreetpottery.com . We look forward to writing here in the months to come about our studio, arts events, projects, studios of our friends, garden musings, and whatever else strikes our fancy. We hope you enjoy it!

Jeff Reich, detail Desert Erratic, sculpture, 34 x 29 x 17”, glazed stoneware, 2009

Farraday Newsome, detail Fern and Shell Cloud Fragment, 19 x 14 x 3” , glazed terra cotta, wall-hanging boxy tile

4. Farraday Newsome

Promise of the Garden, commissioned by Trudy Wiesenberger for the

University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland, Ohio  

Wet clay work is moving along for the University Hospitals Health System’s six boxy wall tile commission “Garden of Promise”. (See the October 2009 and November 2009 Newsletters for more information and stages of this project - there’s links to them at the top of this page.)  I’ve got the wet clay work completed three of the six tiles,. These photos show me working on the fourth. The high relief imagery is made by pressing slabs into plaster press molds that I’ve made over the years. The leatherhard relief elements are trimmed, then attached by scoring and slipping. I’m drying them very slowly under cotton fabric and plastic, only uncovering them briefly for this photo.

1. Indigo Street Pottery 2009 Holiday Studio Sale

This year’s Annual Indigo Street Holiday Studio Sale will be on two consecutive weekends:

Saturday, December 5 10am-10pm, and Sunday, December 6 10am-4pm

Saturday, December 12 10am-4pm, and Sunday, December 13 10am-4pm.

We will have beautiful work in a wide price range, with plenty under $50 and on up to collector range. We  are  delighted  that you make time to visit and give us a chance to  catch up with how you’ve been this past year.

Saturday evening, December 5th, 7-9pm, we are pleased to feature live music by  Arizona local Ruth Vichules, with her wonderful contemporary Latin jazz guitar and vocals. She will perform from 7pm-9pm.  Learn more about Ruth at her website ruthlaravichules.com.

We are also very pleased to have author Mary Irishmaryirish/biography.com , renowned Southwest gardening expert and author, here for book signing, book and calendar sales, and conversation! She will be here Saturday December 5, 10am-2pm.

We will have the traditional  bonfire Saturday evening. As always, there will be refreshments and beverages throughout the weekend.  We hope you can join us!

6. Garden Note: Caterpillars Chomping on our Texas Mountain Laurel

We’ve spent time in the garden this month hand-picking hungry caterpillars off our young Texas Mountain Laurel. I looked them up and they are called Genista caterpillars. These caterpillars are voracious feeders, and there have been lots of them. None of the other plants in the garden seem to have them.

8. Upcoming Sales at Ceramics Studios around the Phoenix Metro Area

Luey Baiz Studio  with artists Luey Baiz, Mike Farrabee, Jon Higuchi, Anne Rasmussen, and Don Ridley.

When: Dec. 5, 10am-8pm, & Dec. 6, 10am-6pm

Where: 1007 W. Pershing Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029

Hjalmarson Pottery with Gail and Haldor Hjalmarson

When: Nov. 21, 10am-5pm; Nov. 22, noon-5pm & Dec. 4, 6-10pm; Dec. 5, 10am-5pm

Where: 45 W. Lynwood, Phoenix, AZ 85003


Crystal Baxter, Charveaux Gallery/Scottsdale Beads Holiday Party Benefit for cat shelter

When: December 12, 2pm -8:30pm

Where: 3625 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ  85251 (at Goldwater & Marshall)

Les & Jaye Lawrence and Barb Mina, Studio #9,  Hidden in the Hills Tour

When: November 20,21,22 & November 27,28,29

Where: 37222 N. Holiday Ln., Carefree AZ 85377

7. Wildlife Note:  Winter Bird Sightings at Indigo Street Pottery begin!

2. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

Indigo Street Pottery Annual Holiday Studio Sale, December 5th: 10am-10pm, December 6th: 10am-4pm & December 12 & 13th: 10am-4pm;  6931 E. Indigo St., Mesa, AZ 85207 indigostreetpottery.com

Gifts from Nature, December 11th:  6-9pm & December 12: 10am-4pm , Audubon Arizona, Cattletrack Complex, 6105 N. Cattletrack, Scottsdale, Arizona az.audubon.org

National Cup and Mug Show, November 24 - December 31, Artisan Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts,


Cups, Bowls,  and Plates, December 4, 2009 - March 3, 2010, Tempe Mill Avenue Post Office, front  windows, organized by the Tempe Center for the Arts tempe.gov/tca

Strange Brew: The Gerry & Daphina Cramer Teapot Collection, December 15 - February 19, ASU Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30pm public reception


In This Issue

  1. 1.2009 Indigo Street Pottery Annual Holiday Studio Sale: December 5, 6th  &  12 & 13th

  1. 2.Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

  1. 3.Strange Brew: The Gerry and Daphina Teapot Collection opens at the ASU Ceramic Research Center

4. In-progress pic’s of Promise of the Garden, a multi-section wall piece commissioned by the Trudy Wiesenberger for the University Hospitals Group of  Cleveland, Ohio

  1. 5.Studio Notes and pic’s: Jeff’s Piece installed, Farraday’s work-in-progress, loading Jeff’s big


6. Garden Note: Genista  Caterpillars Chomping on our Texas Mountain Laurel

  1. 7.Wildlife Note: Winter Bird Sightings at Indigo Street Pottery begin!

8. Upcoming Ceramic Studio Sales Events of our local Friends and Colleagues

Black and White Warbler! This is the first year we’ve seen one of these here! Probably  migrating.

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora) in bloom. These flowers of these Chihuahuan desert trees have the amazing fragrance of grape soda!

Evidence of the Genista caterpillar feeding on tender new growth of our Texas Mountain Laurel

The Genista caterpillar (Uresipita reversalis)

The moth that this caterpillar becomes is a “gypsy moth”

Ruth Lara Vichules
Classic jazz - Latin roots

Mary Irish, Southwest gardening author and speaker, will  be at our Indigo Street Pottery Holiday Studio Sale signing and selling books her books, and answering your questions: Saturday,12/5, 10am-2pm 

Ruth Vichules, Latin jazz guitar and vocals, will be our guest musician for the first Saturday night of our Indigo Street Pottery Holiday Sale: 12/5, 7pm-9pm

Jeff has  finished several new pieces in his sculptural series The Insistence of Thorns, glazed stoneware, 2009. 

Farraday Newsome, Cloud Fragment with Moonsnail and Keys, glazed terra cotta, wall-hanging boxy wall tile

Jeff Reich, Encroaching Night teapot, glazed stoneware

Farraday Newsome, Butterfly Garden Box, glazed terra cotta

Farraday Newsome, Butterfly Place Setting, glazed terra cotta

There will be plenty of Birds on a Wire that we both make! These are glazed terra cotta  and stoneware birds epoxied to solid copper wire &  meant for putting in the yard or a planter or whatever you dream up!

Jeff and his 16-year old son Josh loading Jeff’s large greenware sculpture for bisque firing.

More wet clay work by Farraday: two new lidded boxes with oranges and birds, drying. Although uncovered for this photo, they are dried wrapped in cotton muslin and covered with thin plastic. The cotton  fabric gets damp wicking out moisture  and is changed daily for a dry piece.

Jeff’s sculptural, glazed stoneware piece is newly installed in a Paradise Valley homeowner’s desert-landscaped garden. It is composed of several sections, stabilized by an internal metal rod system.

5. Studio Notes:  Jeff’s piece installed,  Farraday’s work-in-progess,  Loading Jeff’s big piece

  1. 3.Strange Brew: The Gerry and Daphina Teapot Collection

The extensive teapot collection of Gerry and Daphina Cramer will be featured as one of the new fall shows at the Arizona State Art Museum’s Ceramic Research Center. Teapots by Phoenix area artists Jeff Reich, Farraday Newsome,  and Sandra Luerhsen are included in this collection and exhibition.

The public opening reception will be Tuesday evening, December 15th, 5:30 - 7:30pm.  Hope to see you there!

Dec 15, 2009 - Feb 19, 2010

Location: Ceramics Research Center

Cost: free

Curator: Peter Held

The Gerry and Daphina Cramer Teapot Collection, from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center permanent collection, will be on display through the holiday season until March 20, 2010.

We have been hard at work improving our studio showroom!  All of the carpet and underlying tile was removed, and we had the original 35-year-old concrete acid-stained to a beautiful blue-green.  Then, one of our wonderful students made us wonderful new pedestals, so the old shelving is out and the pedestals are in! To top it off, we painted all of the walls, including one that is now a rich charcoal grey.