Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

November 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 . This month we have improved the website’s Garden Page with new pictures and captions.

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, The Insistence of Thorns, detail, glazed stoneware, 12x17x15”, 2009

Farraday Newsome, Wasp Nest Teapot, detail, glazed terra cotta, 8.5x12.5 x5”, 2008

  1. 2.The Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum visited Indigo Street Pottery

We had a great evening with the Contemporary Forum studio visit in October. They asked interesting questions, and were very inquisitive about both our studio processes and our thought processes. Their upcoming annual Gala Auction Dinner, where they raise funds for museum acquisitions, will be Saturday, February 20, 2010. If you go to their website you can see artworks that were auctioned last year. It is always a glamorous, fun evening.  The Contemporary Forum is a voluntary support organization of Phoenix Art Museum. They have numerous activities that include art lectures, artist studio visits, and art film screenings. New membership is welcomed, and you can learn more about this great group at

3. Farraday Newsome

Promise of the Garden, commission,

University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio

1. Indigo Street Pottery 2009 Holiday Studio Sale

This year’s Annual Indigo Street Holiday Studio Sale will be:

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

We are also very pleased to have author Mary Irish, , renowned Southwest gardening expert and author, here for book signing, book and calendar sales, and conversation! She will be here  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!

  1. 4. Approaching the First Year of Our Solar Array!

We are so excited to have lived with solar photovoltaic panels on our home studio roof for almost a year now!

It was turned on early in January 2009. Between our three electric kilns, air conditioning our home and studio through five months of the brutal Sonoran summer, and the many other ways that we consume electricity here at indigo Street Pottery, we have been so pleased to see an average of 1/3 to 1/2 of our electrical energy needs being met by the 30 panels we had installed. We’ll know the exact figures for sure at year’s end.  In addition to the utility savings, we are thrilled to have kept, as of this writing, 16,738 lbs of CO2 out of the atmosphere, a figure our digital solar equipment provides daily.

When you are here, ask about our solar and we will be so excited to show it to you! Here are a few pics:

7. Holiday Sales at Ceramics Studios around the Phoenix Metro Area

SLuehrStudios  with artists Lace Atkins, Sandy Blain, Esmeralda DeLaney, Kaori Fujitani, Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Sandra Luerhsen, and Joyce van Loben Sels. 

When: Nov. 20, 5-9pm, & Nov. 21, 10am-4pm.

Where: 907 W. 16th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

SEZ Studios with artists Sharon Armann, Jacqueline Benard, Pam Harrison, Emily Long, Pat Scheurich, and Sherrie Zeitlin.

When: Nov. 20, 21 & 22, 10am to 5pm each day.

Where: 4926 E. Weldon, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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 Benefit for cat shelter

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

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

Genie Swanstrom Studio 

When: November 28, 10am to 4pm

Where: 511 W. Posada Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210

  1. 6.Wildlife Note

We were so excited to see a fox in our native wildscaped back yard this month! We’ve never seen one before. From what we can best determine, it was a kit fox (vulpes macrotis). They are about the size of a large house cat (4-5 lbs), and live in open, sparsely vegetated habitat with soil that is soft enough for them to dig their dens. That does describe our general ecosystem here in the gently sloping desert flatlands of east Mesa, Arizona. 

5. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

Art at Solel , November 7th, 6:30-9:30pm & November 8th, 10am-1pm; Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, Arizona

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

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

Consider the Cup: National Cup and Mug Exhibition, 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, Arizona

Contemporary Forum Annual Art Auction /Dinner , February 20, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center Annual Ceramic Studio Tour,  February 27 & 28th, 2010; at various ceramics studios around the Valley, us included.

In This Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery 2009 Annual Holiday Studio Sale: December 5, 6th, & 11,12th

2. Contemporary Forum visits Indigo Street Pottery

3. Farraday Newsome, Promise of the Garden, commissioned wall piece for the University Hospitals Group of Cleveland, Ohio : in-progress pics

4. One year of Solar at Indigo Street Pottery!

5. Calendar of Our Upcoming Events

6. Wildlife Note: Kit Fox

7. Holiday Ceramic Studio Sales of our Friends and Colleagues around Town

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Artist’s rendering of the University Hospital Health System’s Cancer Hospital, scheduled for opening May 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Farraday using a cardboard template to cut the sides and front of one (of six) boxy wall tiles  for this commission. Each boxy tile will have dense 3D imagery of birds, shells, fruit, pinecones, and leaves added at the leather-hard stage. You can read more about this current commission by clicking on the October 2009 Newsletter link towards the top of this newsletter.