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2               10th Annual Arizona State University Art Museum

                                 Ceramic Studio Tour


January 2011 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

2. 10th Annual  ASU Ceramic Studio Tour

3. Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum 2011 Art Auction

4. Takashi Nakazato coming to the Mesa Arts Center

  1. 5.Indigo Street Pottery Garden Notes

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! It is part of our website indigostreetpottery.com , 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!

October 7, 2010 - January 9, 2011:  Night Moves - After Dark Images, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona http://www.tohonochulpark.org/wordpress/art-exhibits/in-exhibit-hall/

December 10, 2010 - January 15, 2011: La Mesa in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico www.santafeclay.com

February 19, 2011: Contemporary Forum’s Annual Dinner Art Auction, both of us will be represented in the Art Auction, Phoenix Art Museum  contemporaryforum.org

February 26 & 27, 2011: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center’s Annual Ceramic Studio Tour. Indigo Street Pottery is host site #15 with Jeff, Farraday, and guest artists Les  Lawrence, Jaye Lawrence, and Sherrie Zeitlin    asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter

Takashi Nakazato, one of the most celebrated contemporary Japanese potters, and his assistant Kazu Oba, will be working as artists-in-residence at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona for the month of February, 2011.  Takashi Nakazato is a 13th generation potter and the 5th son of Japanese  National Treasure, Taroemon Nakazato from Karatsu on Kyushu Island.  Mr. Nakazato is well-known for his yakishime (high fired unglazed) ware.

In additon to Mr. Nakazato’s month-long residency, Jeff Reich, head of Ceramics at the Mesa Arts Center, has also organized a workshop that Mr. Nakazato  and Mr. Oba will conduct at the Mesa Arts Center on Sunday, February 13, 2011 with a reception to follow.  For more information go to:

http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/classes/visitingartistworkshops/ceramicworkshoptakashinakazato. Click Classes, click Ceramics, then scroll to bottom left on ceramic classes page.   

Takashi Nakazato was born as the fifth son in 1937 in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, into a family with an extremely long history of participation in creative pottery work. Takashi's father was the twelfth of a long line of master potters in the Nakazato family.

In Japan, the most honored occupations enjoyed special patronage and protection by the feudal lords and shoguns, and when such a trade was passed on from father to child, custom required that the child inheriting the trade assume not only the surname but even the unmodified given name of the father. The Nakazato family were patronized, as distinguished potters, by the successive feudal lords of Karatsu, and therefore the custom of inheriting both the family and given name was observed. At present, the eldest brother of Takashi Nakazato is the thirteenth to bear the given name Taroemon. Reckoning from the time of the first Taroemon, the Nakazato family now boasts an unbroken lineage of master potters extending over a period of some three hundred years.

The Nakazato family is now the most eminent potter family in Karatsu. In the regions of Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku, the place name Karatsu has actually become a synonym for pottery. So ancient is the fame of Karatsu as a ceramics-producing district that the word "karatsumono" now means "pottery" in those regions. Although said to have originated in distant antiquity, the manufacture of pottery in Karatsu attained its first period of flourishing activity during the latter part of the sixteenth century. The pottery produced in Karatsu during the period is known as "old Karatsu". The golden age of Karatsu pottery, which began during the seventeenth century, was marked by the production of a broad spectrum of ceramics, ranging from expensive pottery used in the tea ceremony to everyday eating utensils, and Karatsu developed into the representative pottery-producing district of southwestern Japan. The creative activities of the Nakazato family under the patronage of the local feudal lords also began during the seventeenth century.

1                        Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

3       Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum

                                     2011 Dinner Art Auction

4                           Indigo Street Pottery Garden Notes

4      Takashi Nakazato Coming to the Mesa Arts Center, Arizona

This will be Indigo Street Pottery’s 9th year as a host site for this annual, free self-guided ceramic studio tour. We are site #15 this year. This year Indigo Street Pottery studio will host guest artists Les Lawrence http://www.leslawrence.com/portfolio.htm, Jaye Lawrence http://jayelawrence.com/, and Sherrie Zeitlin.

The tour is sponsored by the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center. Studio ceramists across the Valley will open their studios to hundreds of visitors for the 2-day tour February 26th and 27th, 2011. Along with seeing plenty of finished work for sale by the various participating artists, there are  scheduled demonstrations to gain insight into how the art is made.

Information on all sites and artists, as well as a map and locations of all sites and times of demonstrations will soon be found on Arizona State University Art Museum’s website: asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter.

The full-color 2011 Ceramic Studio Tour map/brochures are also now available at the Ceramic Research Center of the ASU Art Museum (NE corner of Mill and 10th St. in Tempe: 18 E. 10th St., Tempe AZ 85287) if you want to stop by and pick one up. Their hours are Tuesdays 11am-8pm and Wednesday - Saturday 11am-5pm.

You can also visit the Ceramic Studio Tour’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ceramics-Studio-Tour/274600532039?ref=ts

When: February 26 & 27, 2011, 10am - 4pm each day

Where: Fifteen sites throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Scottsdale. Our site is Indigo Street Pottery, 6931 E. Indigo St., Mesa, AZ 85207

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 glamorous annual Art Auction  & Dinner at the Phoenix Art Museum is a major fundraiser for this worthy group. This year’s theme is A Night of Stars. The event takes place Saturday evening February 19, 2011. For more info and tickets:  contemporaryforum.org

Jeff and Farraday donate work for this Phoenix art Museum fundraiser every year. Last year Jeff participated in the live auction with his sculpture Winter Thorns, and Farraday was part of the silent auction  with her Promise of Moonlight lidded box. This year we both will have work in the auction again, as well as centerpiece work on the dinner tables that will be for sale as an additional part of the fundraiser.  The other artists who will have artwork for sale on the auction dinner tables will be Sam Chung, Greg Beals, Nick Bernard, and Linda Kilgore.

Our winter garden is such a joy! No more blistering heat! This is a great time of year in the Sonoran desert for growing leafy greens and root crops like beets, carrots, kale, lettuces, chard, turnips, radishes, etc. They do fine  with the occasional light frost, and love the mild, sunny days. The soil in the sunken beds that we worked so hard this past summer to improve (with large quantities of  homemade compost) is starting to mature, getting increasingly friable, dark and rich. Meanwhile, we’ve got a large, new mound of compost aging for another round of soil improvement in the spring.

Below: Farraday with a basket of Swiss chard from the garden, and strawberries still giving a few berries in the winter.

Our mostly native wildscaped yard is entering its winter blooming season. The Cascalote tree (Caesalpinia cacalaco) pictured below is a beautiful, smallish winter-flowering desert tree. It should grow to about 20 feet tall. Ours is thorny, but there is a nice variety available called “Smoothie” that is thornless. The photos are courtesy of our good friend Gary Irish.

Below are some the wonderful native shrubs blooming this time of year. Gary Irish shot these photos in our yard this month.

From left to right: the lovely Dalea lutea, indigo-hued Dalea bicolor var. bicolor (Monterey), and yellow Dyssodia acerosa, a fine ground cover.

Les Lawrence, teapot, thin-walled hand-built porcelain

Jaye Lawrence, Standing Figure #1, clay, wood, wire and paint, 18 x 5 x 8”, 2001

Sherrie Zeitlin, hand-built wall-hanging bird sculpture, approx. 9 x 5 x 4”, 2010

Jeff Reich, Erratic, glazed stoneware sculpture with welded steel base, 65” h, 2010

Farraday Newsome, Dark Green Vase with Oranges, Shells and Pinecones, 15 x 10.5 x 10.5”, 2010

Jeff Reich, Desert Erratic, stoneware, 12.5 x 11 x 9”, 2010

Farraday Newsome, Promise of Moonlight, lidded box, glazed terra cotta, 13 x 10 x 10”, 2010

Thank-you so much to everyone who came by during our recent Indigo Street Pottery Holiday Sale! We truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm. We had fun showing you our new work and new vegetable garden! We love seeing people wandering through our (mostly) native wildscaped yard and of course we enjoyed talking about pottery forms, pottery imagery, pottery equipment, and all things pottery!

             We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and very Happy New Year!