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October 2011 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

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!



August 13, 2011: 2011 Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, Colorado www.andersonranch.org


May of 2012: Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome, 2-person exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado http://plinthgallery.com/

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November 2017 Newsletter

Indigo Street Studio Newsletter

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 and garden musings.

Indigo Street Studio Calendar

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In this Issue:

1. Indigo Street Studio Calendar


2. 2017 Indigo Street Studio Annual Holiday Sale


3. The Seductive Surface, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado


4. First Annual Yunomi Exhibition, ARC Contemporary Fine Art @ Manheim Gallery, Cottonwood, Arizona


5. Cups, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 


6. The Art of Healthy Living, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, Arizona


7.  A Shared Passion: Ceramic Art from the Sky Harbor Airport Museum Collection


8.  Indigo Street Studio Travel Log: Iceland

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Cups, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe NM

August 26, 2017- tba: A Shared Passion, Phoenix Airport Museum, T-4 Level 2, Phoenix, Arizona


September 29, 2017 - January 21, 2018: The Art of Healthy Living, i.d.e.a Museum, Mesa, Arizona


October 6 - 28, 2017: The Seductive Surface, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado


November 11 - December 31, 2017: First Annual Yunomi Exhibition, ARC Contemporary Fine Art @ Manheim Gallery, Cottonwood, Arizona


November 17, 2017 - January 13, 2018: Cups, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


December 2-3 & 9-10, 2017: Indigo Street Studio 2017 Holiday Sale, both Saturdays 10am- 4pm, both Sundays 12pm - 4pm, at our home studio Indigo Street Studio


January 20 - April 19, 2017: Docents Select VII: The Kitchen Sink, works from the permanent collection, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona

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The Art of Healthy Living, i.d.e.a. Museum Mesa, Arizona

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First Annual Yunomi Exhibition, ARC Contemporary Fine Art, Cottonwood, AZ

The i.d.e.a. Museum will be including the work of Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome in their upcoming exhibition The Art of Healthy Living. Museum Curator Jeffory Morris describes the show as an exhibit that takes visitors on a visual journey that explores nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and overall wellness. Art, hands-on activities, and movement stations will explore topics such as physical fitness, nourishment of both body and mind, creativity and meditation. The exhibit is aligned with the Association of Children’s Museums “Let’s Move” Campaign.



The i.d.e.a. Museum is a nationally recognized art museum devoted to the arts enrichment of adults and children. The following mission statement is from their website:

    i.d.e.a. Museum is built upon the solid and successful 36 year history of the Arizona Museum for Youth, the original, fun, inspiring, and educational hands-on art museum for children and families in the United States. The i.d.e.a. Museum will continue to include the popular art and art-inspired activities, while adding science, engineering and design-thinking in the multi-sensory experiences provided with an increased use of technology to support these offerings and even more opportunities for families to create together. Our purpose is to develop one’s creativity in its many forms, not just art. With your help we will develop one’s ability to think critically -“outside the box”- and problem-solve. We are a place “for your child and the child within you.”

Our mission is to inspire children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination.  http://www.ideamuseum.org/upcoming.html

Santa Fe Clay Gallery will be hosting a large cup show this fall that will include these two cups by Farraday Newsome. The Dark Blue Cup with Oranges is 4.5” tall and the Black and White Cup with Birches is 4.75” tall. Both cups are glazed terra cotta and made in 2017. The Santa Fe Clay Gallery is part of Santa Fe Clay, a large ceramics-dedicated space in the Railyard Arts District of Santa Fe. It houses a large classroom space, kilns, artist rental spaces, a supply and materials store and warehouse, and the gallery. http://www.santafeclay.com


Where: Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM

When: November 17, 2017 - January 13, 2018

ARC Contemporary Fine Art  will be holding its First Annual Yunomi Exhibition this winter. A yunomi is a Japanese teacup. It is used more informally than the ceremonial Japanese tea bowl known as a chawan. Unlike a chawan, a yunomi is often taller than it is wide.


Where: ARC Contemporary Fine Art/Manheim Gallery, 747 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona  https://www.facebook.com/ARCCFA/?fref=ts

When: November 4 - December 31, 2017

Farraday Newsome, Forest Yunomis, glazed terra cotta, 4.5”h x 4”d and 3.5”h x 3.5”d, 2017

Jeff Reich is showing a series of digital photographs taken while running in the desert with our dog Skye.

Above: Farraday Newsome, Debris of Light, glazed terra cotta boxy wall tile, 13.5 x 14.5 x 4”, 2012

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A Shared Passion: Ceramic Art From the Phoenix Airport Museum Collection

Where: Phoenix Airport Museum, Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 4, Level 2, Phoenix, Arizona

When: August 26, 2017 - tba

Where: i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, Arizona

When: September 29, 2017 - January 21, 2018

The Phoenix Airport Museum was separately gifted two large collections of contemporary ceramic artwork from two collectors in 2016: Joan Lincoln and Billie Jo Harned.

This current exhibition, A Shared Passion, features a selection from these acquisitions and includes works by Farraday Newsome, Les Lawrence, Esmeralda DeLaney, Nick Bernard, and Bennett Bean. https://www.skyharbor.com/Museum/Exhibitions/Terminal4

From the Phoenix Airport Museum’s website:

Ceramic art has been a lifelong love for local Phoenicians Billie Jo Harned and Joan Lincoln (1927-2016).  Practicing ceramic artists and highly knowledgeable of the craft, they each amassed a huge collection of contemporary ceramic artworks numbering in the hundreds.  For over a combined span of more than eighty years, they acquired art from local and national artists supporting both emerging artists, new to the craft, as well as established ceramic artists of notoriety.  


In 2016, a gift of artworks from each collector was separately donated to the Phoenix Airport Museum.  This exhibition presents a sampling of ceramic art from their respective collections giving the viewer a glimpse into the variety of artworks that helped fuel their shared passion for collecting contemporary ceramic art. From wheel thrown vessels to hand-built sculptural works, the Harned and Lincoln collections encompass a wide variety of styles, glazes and firing techniques representing form, function, beauty and whimsy.

The Phoenix Airport Museum is honored to have these contemporary ceramic artworks added to the collection.  The generous donation from these two art lovers and their families are a wonderful asset for the Airport.  Billie Jo Harned and Joan Lincoln’s ceramic collections will live on and be enjoyed by Airport visitors for years to come.

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The Seductive Surface, Plinth Gallery

Denver, Colorado

Farraday Newsome, Dark Blue Bowl with Oranges to the left, Patrick Crabb’s work in the center, and Bryan Hopkins’ piece to the right.  Photo credit Jonathan Kaplan

                       THE SEDUCTIVE SURFACE, October 6 -  28, 2017

                                    Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Curator and gallery owner Jonathan Kaplan writes:

For October 2017, Plinth Gallery is pleased to present “The Seductive Surface”, an exhibition of work highlighting the unlimited possibilities of surface enhancement. This one month display of work from the gallery collection as well as from several new ceramic artists demonstrates the many various methods and techniques of surface embellishment.  

Throughout history, cultures and peoples have decorated the surfaces of their clay objects. Whether ritual/religious based or strictly utilitarian, decorative marks are abundant on ceramics.

From patterning by impressing wet clay with coiled rope in the Jomon Culture in what is now known as Japan (c.14500 BCE-c.300 BCE) to intricate colored clay paintings in Native American Cultures, decoration offered culturally specific narratives. Sumarian civilization (c. 4500 – c. 1900 BC) developed the first written communication system by making marks on clay tablets.

As cultures evolved, surface decoration became more decorative, we are able to identify inhabitants and their geographies as well as glean information about them. Without village potters, food stuffs could not be preserved, water, wine, and other liquids could not be stored, seeds for future planting could not be maintained from generation to generation.

Potters and ceramic artists in current cultures exploit an unlimited number of decorative techniques, firings, materials, tools and techniques to embellish the surface of their ceramic objects. Materials such as glaze, underglaze, China paints, lusters, as well as surface decoration with gold leaf, acrylic paint, raw pigment, pastels are part of the ceramic artist’s lexicon.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan notes that, “decorative embellishments on pieces in this exhibition range from simple to highly complex. The 3-dimensional form becomes a canvas; the surface ornamentation strengthens the form; the lushness of glaze, color, and pigment invite touch, use, or inquiry.”

The “Seductive Surface” opens First Friday October 6,from 6pm to 9pm. This exhibition will be on view through October 28.  As always, the exhibition is free and open to the public.

http://www.plinthgallery.com/current-exhibition

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2017 Indigo Street Studio

Annual Holiday Sale

This year’s 2017 Indigo Street Studio Holiday Sale will be the first two weekends of December:


Saturday, December 2 10am - 4pm

Sunday, December 3     12pm-4pm


Saturday, December 9 10am - 4pm

Sunday, December 10   12pm - 4pm


Where: 6931 E. Indigo St., Mesa AZ 85207  For driving directions, click here!


We set up our annual Holiday Studio Sale in our studio workspace and in our showroom. We hope you can come by to enjoy the art, our large garden and native landscaping, hot coffee and snacks!


We will have beautiful work in a wide price range, with items from under $50 on up to collector level. 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. Garden tours for the asking!


This month we are busily working on new items for the 2017 holiday sale. Below are photos of  new work, plus photos of set-ups from past holiday studio sales.

There will be new birds-on-a-wire. These popular items are glazed terra cotta birds epoxied to solid copper wire &  meant for putting in the yard or a planter or wherever you dream up! $30 each.

There will also be plenty of cups to choose from!

In addition to using our showroom for the sale, we put cloths over our studio work tables and transform our work area into display space. There will be a large selection of various-sized plates, bowls, cups, tiles, small and large sculptures. We hope you can come by and check it all out!

Farraday Newsome, Aspen Plate, glazed terra cotta, 12 x 8 x 1”, wired to hang on the wall, 2017

Jeff Reich, Agave, stoneware, 21 x 10 x 10”,2017

Jeff Reich, Agave Fields, stoneware, 9 x 14 x 13”, 2017

Farraday Newsome, Promise of the Garden, glazed terra cotta, 7 x 14 x 13.5”, 2017

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Indigo Street Studio Travel Log:

Iceland

A wistful last cup of coffee, a delicious latte made with foamy, steamed oatmilk, at the city harbor, then off to the airport to catch our plane to France.  We’ll save the Paris trip report for the next newsletter!

This trio of photos is of the Gullfoss Waterfall. It was once almost destroyed by plans to develop it for hydroelectric power. Thankfully, the endeavor fell through and now the site is protected. Gullfoss Waterfall is actually a massive abutment of two separate, large, powerful waterfalls. The sound of the roaring water, the feel of the mist, and the awesome sight will be unforgettable.

Frodheimer, in southern Iceland, is an organic greenhouse utilizing geothermal heating. Visitors are free to walk amidst the many long rows of trellised tomato bushes. They mainly grow tomatoes, but we saw some basil production too. Frodheimer grows nearly 20% of the country’s tomatoes. This is a photo from the small, on-site cafe. You can get an idea of the size of the tomato plants, which go on and on, but it is impossible to convey the cozy warmth and earthy freshness of the greenhouse atmosphere co-existing with the aroma of baking  bread and fresh soup!

There’s a small, on-site cafe inside the greenhouse alongside rows of tomato plants. It serves very fresh, excellent tomato soup!

The Frodheimer farm relies on pollinator bumblebees brought in boxes and set free.  The handsome bees are very busy working the thousands of tall, flowering tomato plants, oblivious to humans.

This beautiful building is the Icelandic Concert Hall and Conference Center, known as Harpa, in downtown Reykjavik.  Located on the waterfront, Harpa catches ever-changing patterns of light on its glassy, geometric windows that are lightly angled and reminiscent of crystal formations. It made us think of ice, glaciers, water, and sky. The glass facade was designed by visual artist Olafur Elliason.

After walking around outside for quite a while we were struck anew by its exquisite interior when we went inside. Light pours in from all directions. The views of the harbor and mountains across the bay are beautifully and thoughtfully framed throughout the multi-story structure.

It doesn’t take long to drive out of Reykjvak, the country’s capital and largest city. Iceland has a population of nearly 350,000, with approximately 200,000 in Reykjavik.


Straddling the mid-Atlantic Ridge formed by the meeting of the North Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates, the western half of Iceland is technically part of North America and the eastern half is Europe! With such a dynamic geology underfoot, it is no surprise that the area is very active geologically. Steaming vents can be commonly seen on undeveloped land. There are also geysers and volcanoes. Homes are heated with very inexpensive geothermal heat, and roads often have geothermal pipes running under them so that snowploughs won’t be needed in the winter.

Iceland is a young island, geologically speaking. Rough volcanic rock is common. We saw of a lot of fresh water, important on an island nation. This is Thingvallavatn Lake, Iceland’s largest lake. We visited Thingvellir, a historic site near the lake located on a rift and ridgeline formation created by the meeting of the Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates. Thingvellir was the parliamentary meeting place of clans and their leaders from 930 CE to 1798 CE.  It has also been a filming site for HBO’s Game of Thrones!

We recently returned from an amazing trip to Iceland and France. Jeff took this photo of the large, iconic sculpture Sun Voyager by Jon Gunnar Arnason while we were in Iceland. Arnason described the piece as a dreamboat, an ode to the sun and symbolizing hope. Its shape was  inspired by  the voyages of the original explorers and discovers of the area. Sadly, Arnason was sick with leukemia while the full-scale sculpture was being made and died a year before it was permanently installed. Sun Voyager is sited on a pedestrian walkway in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. This walkway meanders along the spectacular Faxa Bay and has many other public sculptures.