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Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

January 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! It is part of our website , which you can browse from this page if you click on the subjects in the header. We write here about our studio, arts events, projects, studios of our friends, garden musings, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Hope you enjoy it!

                                                  In this Issue

1. ASU Art Museum’s 9th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour

  1. 2.Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

  1. 3.Strange Brew: The Gerald and Daphna Cramer Teapot Collection at ASU Ceramic Research Center

  1. 4.31st Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Arts Center, January 22 - March 14, 2010 http://

  1. 5.Phoenix Art Museum’s Annual Gala Dinner Art Auction, February 20, 2010

6. Garden Notes: Agave potatorum blooming!

Farraday Newsome, Tile with Cup, Eggs, and Dice, glazed terra cotta, 8x8x.5”, 2009, wired to hang

Jeff Reich, Allthorn, glazed stoneware, 8x8x.5”, 2009, ready to hang

  1. 1.ASU Art Museum’s 9th Annual Self-guided Ceramic Studio Tour:  February 26 & 27, 2010, 10am-4pm each day

   This will be Indigo Street Pottery’s 8th year as a host site for this highly anticipated, free self-guided annual ceramic studio tour. We are site #15 this year. The tour is sponsored by the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center.

   Studio ceramists across the Valley of the Sun open their studios to hundreds of visitors. In addition to Jeff and Farraday’s work, our studio will host guest artists Linda Painter and Tacha Vosburgh.

    Along with seeing plenty of finished work by the various participating artists, there are  scheduled demonstrations to gain insight into how the art is made.  Complete information on all sites and artists, as well as a map and  locations of all sites and schedule of demonstrations can be found on Arizona State University Art Museum’s website:

6. Garden Notes: Agave Potatorum blooming!

Jeff Reich, Winter Thorns, glazed stoneware, 20x23x20”

Farraday Newsome, Green Moon Garden Teapot, 9.5x14x8.5”, glazed earthenware

2. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar of Upcoming Events

December 15 - February 19: Strange Brew: The Gerry & Daphna Cramer Teapot Collection, ASU Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center

December 4, 2009 - March 3, 2010: Cups, Bowls and Plates, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Main Post Office, Mill Avenue, Tempe. Includes place settings by both Jeff and Farraday.

December 11, 2009 - January 9, 2010: Cups and Pouring Vessels, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

January 22 - March 14, 2010: 31st Annual Contemporary Crafts,  Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona. public opening 6-8pm, January 22, 2010. Both Jeff and Farraday have pieces in this show this year.

February 20, 2010: Contemporary Forum’s Annual Dinner Art Auction, both of us will be part of the Silent Auction and the Artist Centerpiece Auction, Phoenix Art Museum

February 27, 28, 2010: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center’s Annual Ceramic Studio Tour. Indigo Street Pottery is host site #15 with Jeff, Farraday, and guest artists Linda Painter and Tacha Vosburgh  

March 4-7, 2010: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center’s Ceram-a-Rama Gala. The silent auction will include pieces by Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome, along with many other ceramic studio artists from across the country.

April 2010: Artists of the Month - Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona

September-October 2010: Northern Clay Center’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, with a collaborative piece by Jeff  and Farraday, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1. 3.Strange Brew: The Gerald and Daphna Cramer Teapot Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona

This show at the Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center showcases the large contemporary teapot collection of Daphna and Gerald Cramer, which is promised to the ASU Art Museum.  The collection includes teapots by four valley artists: Jeff Reich, Farraday Newsome, Sandra Luehrsen, and Junya Shao.

The show dates are December 15 - February 19 2010. The Ceramic Research Center is open Tuesdays 11am-8pm, Wednesday through Saturday 11am-5pm. Location: NE corner of Mill and 10th St, Tempe, Arizona 85287.  Further information at

  1. 4.31st Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Arizona

This long-lived annual Mesa Arts Center show is now into its third decade.  The exhibition showcases contemporary craft from across the country and is always juried by a prominent figure in the field of contemporary craft. This year the juror is Jane Sauer, owner of the highly regarded Jane Sauer Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are very pleased to both have work in the show this year.

Mesa Contemporary Arts is the large, multiple-gallery art museum at the Mesa Arts Center, which is located on the SE corner of Center St.  and Main St. in Mesa, Arizona. The free public opening is 6-8pm January 22, 2010.

  1. 5.Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum’s annual Gala Dinner Art Auction, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, February 20, 2010

The Contemporary Forum is an auxiliary group of the Phoenix Art Museum dedicated to raising money for museum acquisitions, contemporary exhibitions, support for artists, U.S. and foreign travel, gallery and salon events, architectural tours, and  arts lectures and films. Their annual Gala Dinner Art Auction at the Phoenix Art Museum is a major fundraiser for this worthy group. See images/artists names/retail prices of all this year’s auction items at                                                                                                                   For general  info:

We always donate work for the auction, and this year we will also be two of six artists invited to create centerpiece artworks for the forty dinner tables. Each centerpiece will be part of the auction fundraiser with an auction bid sheet at each table. The other  four invited centerpiece artists are ASU Ceramics Professor Sam Chung, metal sculptor Kevin Caron, metal sculptor Jeff  Zischke, and metal sculptor Michael  Anderson.

Farraday Newsome, Fern Bird, Unseen Drift series, 28.5x17x16”, glazed terra cotta, 2009

Jeff Reich, Interwoven Fields,21x17x17”, glazed stoneware, 2009

We have been fascinated watching the phenomenal rate of growth of the flower stalk of this beautiful agave in our yard. The stalk will grow to 10-20 feet high. It is about 7 feet as of this writing and still going strong. Agave potatorum is a subtropical species native to the semi-arid highlands of the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca(from Mary and Gary Irish’s book Agaves Yuccas and Related Plants, Timber Press, 2000).

Linda Painter, Blue and Yellow Tagine, glazed terra cotta

Tacha Vosburgh, All Circus Lizard Spiral, earthenware, crawled glaze

Farraday Newsome, Clarity of Heart, 9x12x12”, glazed terra cotta, 2002 , collection of Gerald and Daphna Cramer