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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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January 2016 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar


2. Jeff Reich: Recurrent Edges, Upcoming Solo Show at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum


3.  37th Annual Contemporary Crafts at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum


4.  Cups, Hundreds of Cups at Santa Fe Clay


5.  15th Annual ASU Ceramic Studio Tour and the Return of the Ceram-A-Rama!


6.  Salt River Project Builds a Safe Raptor Perch Above our Kitchen Garden

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 Pottery Calendar

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“Cups: Hundreds of Cups!” at Santa Fe Clay

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Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day hike on Pass Mountain Trail in Mesa, Arizona! The slightly cloud-capped distant mountain is Four Peaks. It’s an old volcano, the tallest mountain in the area.

Photo courtesy of our hiking friend Mary Alice Mcswain-Ahlgren.

Farraday Newsome’s work is in the current exhibition Cups: Hundreds of Cups! at Santa Fe Clay. The show runs December 11, 2015 through January 23, 2016.

Santa Fe Clay is located in the Railyard Arts District in Santa Fe, NM.

http://www.santafeclay.com

Farraday Newsome, Black Cup with Oranges and Dark Green Cup with Oranges, glazed terra cotta, both 4 x 6 x 4.5”, 2015

SRP Builds a Safe Raptor Perch above Our Kitchen Garden!

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Jeff Reich: Upcoming Solo Show at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Jeff Reich, Recurrent Edges, 4‘x4’, acrylic on canvas, 2015

This is the title piece for the upcoming solo show Jeff Reich: Recurrent Edges which  opens February 12, 2016 at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. The show will feature Reich’s recent paintings and ceramic sculptures.

37th Annual Contemporary Crafts at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Farraday Newsome will show this pair of lidded boxes in the upcoming 37th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.


Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCA) is the visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center, located in Mesa, Arizona. The MCA showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. 


The Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition highlights contemporary crafts from across the country. This year’s show was juried by Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of art. The exhibition will showcase 53 artworks by 34 artists, representing 13 states. It runs February 12 - April 24, 2016.

https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/museum/art/exhibits/37th-annual-contemporary-crafts

Farraday Newsome, Unseen Drift Through Immutable Clay, glazed terra cotta, 13 x 9 x 8”, 2015

15th Annual ASU Art Museum Ceramic Studio Tour

and the Return of the Ceram-A-Rama

2016 also will see the return of the much loved Arizona State University Art Museum Ceram-A-Rama! The Cera-A-Rama is an evening of drinks, appetizers, dinner with a live and silent auction showcasing work by local and national ceramic artists! Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome will each have work in the auction.


There is also a Ceram-A-Rama VIP Package that includes a preview reception with Ceramic Studio Tour artists, a two-day bus tour to select local studios and collector’s homes, private receptions, and additional sites of interest.

For more information about the dinner and about the packages: http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramarama/

This will be Indigo Street Pottery’s fourteenth year as a host site for the Arizona State University Art Museum’s annual free, self-guided ceramic studio tour. Studio ceramists across the Valley will open their studios to hundreds of visitors for the 2-day tour February 20 & 21, 2016.


Indigo Street Pottery, site #14 on the map, will feature artwork and demonstrations by hosts Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich, former Director of Ceramics at the Mesa Arts Center, along with guest artists Tiffany Bailey, Director of Ceramics at Phoenix College, and Jesse Armstrong, Director of Ceramics at the Mesa Arts Center.


The full-color 2016 Ceramic Studio Tour map/brochures is available online:  http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/ and at the Ceramic Research Center of the ASU Art Museum, located in the Brickyard complex in at downtown Tempe. Their hours are Tuesdays through Saturday 11am-5pm

http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter/about.php


When: February 20 & 21, 2016; 10am - 5pm each day

Where: 14 sites throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Scottsdale.

Ceramics Research Center


Ceram-A-Rama 2016 Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

a benefit for the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard

http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramarama/

 

Photos above: Indigo Street Pottery during previous CRC Ceramic Studio Tours.

Clockwise from upper left:

Farraday talking to visitors Brian White and fellow potter Miro Chun; Jeff with studio visitors; Tiffany Bailey demonstrating slip casting technique; Jesse Armstrong and Tiffany Bailey with visitors.

As many visitors to our studio and garden know, we are very interested in establishing habitat for wildlife on our native landscaped property. A few years ago we found a dead Cooper’s Hawk at the base of a power pole near our vegetable garden. Then, when a great horned owl recently met its demise on this same pole, we contacted our power company, Salt River Project (SRP) and learned that they have an Avian Protection Program.  http://www.srpnet.com/environment/avian.aspx


We were instructed to first contact Liberty Wildlife.  http://www.libertywildlife.org  They sent a field worker to collect the dead bird and verify that it had been electrocuted. Then SRP sent over a designer to plan the best remediation for the power pole. Once the plan had been made, a crew of SRP workers came over.


The first step was to lower the second set of lines to put more distance between them and the top lines, physically preventing large birds from completing a circuit if they spread their wings. Then they installed a large wooden perch on top of the pole, well out of harm’s way. Finally, they placed insulating material around  another possibly dangerous wire. We’re confident that this pole is now bird friendly!

Here is a photo of the offensive power pole (behind our kitchen garden) in its original state.

The linesmen initially lowered a set of wires several feet to further separate them from the top line of hot wires.

Then they placed bright orange insulation on the top hot wires to protect themselves while installing the perch.

They were assisted by crew members on the ground using a pulley system to raise the heavy wooden perch.

The pulley system was useful in raising the perch, but at a certain point the men still had to lift the perch into place while holding themselves safely on the pole with their cleated boots and leather belt harnesess, not to mention keeping an eye on all the lines. These guys were pros and all went smoothly!

After the perch was securely bolted to the pole, the men removed the orange insulation and carefully cleat-booted their way down. Once on the ground they were in great spirits and we thanked them profusely!

Here is the completed perch with an American Kestrel already sitting on it: the dark lump on top to the right!

In the photo above Jeff is glazing a sculpture. This sculpture is sitting on a kiln shelf and some boards, all of which are on a pneumatic lift so that the heavy piece and kiln shelf can be lined up and slid into our front-loading kiln for firing.

The sculpture glazed and loaded into our gas kiln, ready for firing to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere.

The kiln has been successfully fired and the piece slowly cooled. The finished sculpture is ready to be slid back out onto the pneumatic lift and rolled back into the studio. It will be in Jeff’s show!

November 12, 2015 - February 14, 2016: Taking Flight, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ

http://tohonochulpark.org/upcoming-events/


December 11, 2015 - January 23, 2016: Cups: Hundreds of Cups!, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM http://www.santafeclay.com/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions.html


February 12 - April 17, 2016: Jeff Reich: Recurrent Edges, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona  http://www.mesaartscenter.com/art-exhibitions-contemporary-art-gallery.html


February 12 - April 24, 2016:  37th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona  https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/museum/art/exhibits/37th-annual-contemporary-crafts


February 20 & 21, 2016, 10am - 5pm: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center’s 15th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour, Indigo Street Pottery will be a host site  http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/


March 16 - 19, 2016: La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA 2016, Kansas City, Kansas http://nceca.net/2016-kansas-city/