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October 2010 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

  1. 2.Northern Clay Center and Tohono Chul Park Gallery exhibitions

  2. 3.Progress on Jeff’s New Sculpture

  3. 4.Our Trip to New Mexico and Colorado this Summer

  4. 5.Planting in our Kitchen Garden at Indigo Street Pottery!

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!

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

May 20 - October 3, 2010, Tohono Chul Park A- to-Z, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona  tohonochulpark.org

September 25 - November 7, 2010: Northern Clay Center’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, with a collaborative piece by Jeff and Farraday, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota  http://www.northernclaycenter.org/see/exhibition_upcoming.php

October 8- November 12, 2010: Narrative Animal Imagery, The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, California http://www.sloartcenter.org

November 12 - December 31, 2010: The Artisan Gallery Cup and Mug Invitational: Consider the Cup 2010, The Artisan Gallery, Northhampton, Massachusetts  http://www.theartisangallery.com

December 10, 2010 - January 15, 2011: La Mesa in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe,  New Mexico


2. Northern Clay Center and Tohono Chul Park Gallery exhibitions

Two exhibitons this fall in which our work will be included are the upcoming Tohono Chul Park A- to-Z in the lovely, historic Tohono Chul Park Gallery  with Farraday’s piece Predator Garden Soup Tureen (left photo), and the highly anticipated Northern Clay Center’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition with a collaborative piece by Jeff and Farraday (right photo) entitled Restless Night Cocoon Jar. Tohono Chul Park Gallery is in Tucson, Arizona and The Northern Clay Center is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. See details in our calendar section above.

4. Our Trip to New Mexico and Colorado this Summer!

We got away from the desert heat this summer with a road trip to New Mexico and Colorado. Photos from top left, clockwise:

  1. 1.Our trip started in Taos, New Mexico, where we stayed with pottery-making friends David and Leslie DeLaney, who live in the high desert above the Rio Grande River Gorge. We toured numerous potters’ studios in the area, including that of maiolica artist Nausika Richardson.

  1. 2.Jeff and Farraday in Aspen, Colorado at the postcard-perfect Maroon Bells Mountains and Lake. We were in town attending the Anderson Ranch Art Auction, and again, staying with art-making friends Ron and Masako Berman. The auction included some tremendous ceramic art, including a large Betty Woodman piece, pieces by John and Andrea Gill’s work, and a piece by Doug Casebeer, director of Anderson Ranch.  Art in all media was auctioned at this stellar event.

  1. 3.A view from where we stayed in Alamosa!  This is  the south edge of the vast Great Sand Dunes National Monument,  an awe-inspiring sight with ever-changing colors on the dunes and on the 14,000 foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains behind.

  1. 4.Jeff and his daughter Deanna, who is a basketball playing junior at Adams State College in Alamosa,

    Colorado. She has declared a major of sports psychology and we’re sure she’ll be great in this career!

    In this photo Jeff and Deanna are standing in front of a painting of the college mascot, a grizzly bear.

We also went to Denver to meet Jonathan Kaplan, ceramic artist and owner of of Plinth Gallery.  He and his wife Dorothy were just great, making us feel very welcome as their houseguests and as new artists in their gallery. We are very excited to be there, and will have a 2-person show in May 2012. We also really loved the Denver Botanical Gardens, which has an impressive apple and stone fruit collection, as well as a beautiful “potager” garden, which is a French kitchen garden with fruits and vegetables planted with great attention to symmetry of layout, texture and color in the overall garden plan. Very inspiring: definitely the kitchen garden as art!

Farraday Newsome, Butterfly Place Setting, for upcoming show La Mesa in Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Details in calendar below)

5. Planting in our Kitchen Garden at Indigo Street Pottery!

After months of building a squirrel, rabbit, and bird-proof enclosure, and then another couple of months digging sunken beds in the desert hardpan, soil-building in these beds with mountains of homemade compost that we’ve been slaving over, not to mention putting in drip irrigation, we are finally planting!!  It has been a very exciting past few weeks!

Photos from top left, clockwise:

1. Jeff putting in a semi-dwarf Anna’s Apple, a desert adapted, low chill variety from Israel. 

2. Jeff shoveling dirt into a newly planted Black Jack Fig, a naturally semi-dwarf variety.

3. Newly planted apricot and plum trees with protective shade screen, as the sun is still very intense here with temperatures still over 100 degrees Fahrenheit everyday.

4. Farraday planting fall/winter garden seeds, which include kale, beets, turnips, carrot, lettuces, arugula, asian greens, etc. Now through late November or early December is one of our best growing seasons (the other is spring). We need quick-maturing varieties to get fall crops squeezed in between the searing heat of summer and the first frosts of winter. Interestingly, we desert gardeners often use the same vegetable varieties as gardeners way to the north who also have a very short growing season and share the need for speedy varieties.

3. Progress on Jeff’s New Sculpture

Jeff has completed the construction of his new large sculpture and it is drying, awaiting bisque. This sculpture has three parts that will stack vertically, with a metal support rod running through the inside from the base to the top. The overall dry height is approximately 81”, so with an estimated 10% firing shrinkage, the finished piece will stand approximately 73” (6’1”).

We’ve set up these 3 photos with the bottom section at the bottom, the middle in the middle, and the top at the top, to give you an idea of the overall form. It can’t actually be stacked together until after the firing!

To the left is the top section, drying on a slanted support board to mimic the angle it will sit on the middle section. It is 21” tall in the dry state.

To the left is the middle section, 36” tall in the dry state. It has a blocky “collar” at the top and a slanted landing platform (see detail below) for the top section to fit over and sit on.

To the left you can see that the bottom section has a flat “landing platform” for the middle section to sit on.  The bottom section is 24” tall in the dry state.