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Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

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March 2010 Newsletter

Farraday Newsome

Author: Andrew J Schwartzberg


Issue: February, 2010, Page 48

Photos courtesy Mesa Arts Center

Fern Bird, Genetic Drift by Farraday Newsome (left); Interwoven Fields by Jeff Reich


Farraday Newsome has been creating unique ceramic art for more than 20 years. Based in Mesa, at the Indigo Street Pottery studio that she shares with her husband and fellow ceramic artist, Jeff Reich, Newsome uses red terra cotta clay to construct ornate teapots, pitchers, vases, bowls, lidded boxes and other similar objects. She applies a coat of glaze to her work, creates a collage of colorful images, and then covers the work with a permanent painterly layer of glass.

Newsome is currently showing one of her pieces at the Mesa Arts Center’s 31st Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition.

“The piece I am exhibiting is Fern Bird, Genetic Drift series. It is a sculpture of an upward gazing, large-billed bird glazed with a drift of ferns, bones, a shark tooth, egg clusters, a hand holding a hummingbird, an anatomical heart, dice and a watch,” Newsome explains.

Newsome’s work, as well as Reich’s, will be on display at the crafts exhibition until March 14. Visit for more information.


4. Farraday was Phoenix Magazine’s February 2010 “Artist of the Month”

3.  University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Maurice Grossman will be Missed

Sorry to share sad news. University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Maurice Grossman passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010. He started the crafts areas at the U of A. He taught ceramics there for 35 years until 1989 (I was his student from 1981-1985). He is the reason Jeff is working in clay. Maurice was 82. He will be missed. The link is to an article about his passing in the Arizona Daily Star.

'Renaissance man' Maurice Grossman, 82, dies after surgery

Maurice Grossman, a father, craftsman, activist and University of Arizona professor emeritus, died Thursday night of complications following heart surgery.


1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

December 4, 2009 - March 3, 2010: Cups, Bowls and Plates, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Main Post Office, Mill Avenue, Tempe

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.

Feb 23, 2010 - Feb 28, 2010: ASU Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, Arizona

9th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour: AAC Participants exhibition

February 26, 2010: Friday Conversations @ 11, Jeff and Farraday will be giving an artist talk in this casual and informative speaking series, free to the public, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, 11a.m - 12p.m

February 27, 28, 2010: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center 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 Cerama-Rama Gala, Silent Auction will include pieces by Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome.

March 12 & 13, 2010: Cervini Haas  Art Jewelry and Fine Art Trunk Show, g2Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

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

Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich, pictured at left, at the 2010 Contemporary Forum Art Auction and Dinner at the Phoenix Art Museum.  Photo courtesy of Chris Baxter.  Jeff’s piece Winter Thorns, pictured above, was in the Live Auction.  Farraday was a contributing artist in the Silent Auction part of the evening  with her piece  Promise of Moonlight, a glazed earthenware lidded box.  Both Jeff and Farraday also made seven pieces each for the artwork table centerpieces this year, which were a new part of the Silent Auction.

2. ASU Art Museum’s 9th Annual Self-guided Ceramic Studio TourFebruary 27 & 28, 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:

You can also visit the Ceramic Studio Tour’s  new Facebook page:

Linda Painter, glazed terra cotta platter. Linda will be one of our guest artists at Indigo Street Pottery during the upcoming ASU Art Museum sponsored Ceramic Studio Tour

Tacha Vosburgh, Diana, metallic patina earthenware, 26x17x6”. Tacha is our other guest artist for the Ceramic Studio Tour.

Jeff Reich, The Insistence of Thorns V, glazed stoneware, 2009

Farraday Newsome, Persephone Box with Butterflies, 2009

                                                  In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

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

3. University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Maurice Grossman will be Missed

  1. 4.Phoenix Magazine’s “Artist of the Month

5. 31st Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Arts Center, January 22 - March 14, 2010

6. Garden Notes: Clearing land for the kitchen garden!

5. 31st Annual Contemporary Crafts”, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Arizona: January 22 - March 14, 2010

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.

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

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

Jeff Reich with Maurice Grossman (on left),  NCECA 2009, photo by Kaye Murphy

Maurice Grossman, low-fired architectural pot, 8 1/2 x 10 x 9”

  1. 6.Garden Note: Preparing to Build the Kitchen Garden Exclosure!

Eight years ago we tried to grow a vegetable garden here in the southwest corner of our backyard. It was a disaster! Three species of native squirrels, plus rabbits, and birds of all types ate leaves, stems and roots of everything that we tried to grow! Now we’ve designed a walk-in garden exclosure! Building will begin soon.  We’ll post pictures as the project develops. Initially, here’s  Farraday clearing brush to prepare for building.

Jeff Reich, Winter Thorns, 20 x 23 x 23 “, glazed stoneware, 2009