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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!

June 2010 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar


  1. 2.Arizona Designer Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arizona


  1. 3.Midsummer Eve: An Exploration of Color and Surface, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland


  1. 4.Sherrie Zeitlin and The Art Resource Center, Tempe, Arizona


  1. 5.Lauren Reich’s Fantastic Track Season in her Senior College Year


  1. 6.Indigo Street Pottery Wildlife Notes: Two new warblers spotted in the garden


7. Indigo Street Pottery Garden Notes: Salvia apiana and garden structure progress

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


June 11 - August 8, 2010, Arizona Designer Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/artexhibits/2010springexhibitions1


June 3 - August 14, 2010: A Midsummer Eve: An Exploration of Color and Surface, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland  www.meredithgallery.com


September-October 2010: Northern Clay Center’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, with a collaborative piece by Jeff and Farraday, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota northernclaycenter.org

Jeff Reich, Navigating to the Sky, glazed stoneware, 109 x 12 x 12”, 2008. At left: in a gallery installation at Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona in 2009.  At right, in our own backyard near our morning coffee chairs!

Farraday Newsome, Full Tidal Drift, glazed terra cotta, 21.5 x 24 x 10.5”, 2010

  1. 2. Arizona Designer Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arizona

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Arizona’s oldest professional studio crafts organization, Arizona Designer Craftsmen. This important milestone will be recognized with a major juried exhibition of its members’ work at  Mesa Contemporary Arts at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. The show runs from June 11 - August 8, 2010. Jeff and Farraday will both have pieces (pictured below) in this highly anticipated show. The free public opening is June 11, 7-9pm. The Mesa Arts Center is located on the southeast corner of Center and Main in downtown Mesa.

These two vases of ours will be in upcoming Lark Book 500 Vases, juried by Julia Galloway. Lark Books is a Division of Sterling Publishing, Inc.

  1. 3.Midsummer Eve: An Exploration of Color and Surface, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

Farraday will be showing these two pieces in the national invitational Midsummer Eve: An Exploration of Color and Surface at the Meredith Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibiton was co-curated by Vicki McComas and Sarah Barnes, Maryland Institute College of Art faculty. The show runs June 3 through August 14, 2010.

At left: “Butterfly Garden Box with Pomegranates”, lidded box, glazed terra cotta, 15 x 7.5 x 7.5”, 2010

At right: “Spin”, hanging platter, glazed terra cotta, 17.25 x 2.5 x 2.5”, 2002

  1. 4.Sherrie Zeitlin and The Art Resource Center, Tempe, Arizona

Phoenix artist Sherrie Zeitlin  is the founder  and executive director of a wonderful non-profit organization based in Tempe, Arizona called The Art Resource Center (The ARC).


The Art Resource Center serves the community on an as-needed basis providing materials and ideas to help facilitate dreams into works of art. Mission: The Art Resource Center is a non-profit corporation 501(C)(3) whose objectives are to collect reusable discards from individuals and industries and offer them free of charge to schools and other non-profit entities for the purpose of making art. Products: Art worthy materials include but are not limited to: Fabric, paint, pencils, paper, book board, book cloth, glazes, clay tools, yarn, jewelry components, storage containers, magazines, etc, etc, etc!


By recycling art worthy materials for creative minds, THE ARC is filling the ever widening funding gap of nonprofits by providing quality materials to continue the passion we call ART. To make an appointment to secure materials, donate materials or make a monetary contribution please contact Sherrie Zeitlin at her website www.artresourcecenter.org  or phone 602.828.1987.

Inside The Art Resource Center: shelves of donated materials awaiting distribution to other non-profit entities. The ARC is located in Tempe, Arizona, USA 

One of ceramic artist Sherrie Zeitlin’s beautiful wall-mounted bird sculptures.

7. Indigo Street Pottery Garden Notes: Salvia apiana (White Salvia, White Sage, Sacred Sage), and progress on the vegetable garden structure

5. Lauren Reich’s Fantastic Track Season in her Senior College Year!

Jeff’s oldest daughter, Lauren Reich, a graduating senior at DePauw University in Indiana, is finishing her college running career with tremendous races! She is an 8-time All American runner, finishing 2nd in the nation in the mile in Division 3 at this year’s Indoor College Nationals. She has qualified for three events in the upcoming College Outdoor Nationals in Division 3: the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and the 5K.  Go Lauren!

Yellow-rumped Warbler. In summer, both sexes are a smart gray with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are very strikingly shaded; females are duller and may show some brown.

Wilsons Warbler. Note the black cap and overall yellow, with wings having an olive-green cast.

6. Wildlife Note: First-time sightings of both Wilsons and Yellow-rumped Warblers in our garden!

By early May, spring is getting long in the tooth. The hot, dry season is upon us, with days in the 90’s F. In a few short weeks it will be June, the hottest month in the Sonoran desert, with temperatures routinely above 110 F.  Happily, we’d had a mild May so far, but over coffee we were summing up the somewhat meager winter birding sightings. Then who should appear: not one, but two birds completely new to our native wildscaped yard!  With bird books and binos in hand, we easily identified them both as warblers: one a Yellow-rumped, the other a Wilsons.  These photos are downloaded from the internet, and look exactly like what we saw!

This is is our pick for our most amazing plant this month. We have several of these White Salvias (Salvia apiana), but this one is the champion. With over 60 immense flower stalks, it scents the air most fragrantly when you brush by it. The Salvia apiana likes sandy, well-drained soil and is a native to parts of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. White sage is considered sacred by many Native Americans: it is used to make smudge sticks, a type of incense. We are enjoying this fantastic specimen!

The vegetable, herb, fruit tree & flower garden enclosure construction is coming along! It has been thrilling to see the framework go up (last month the concrete perimeter foundation, which doubles as a burrowing squirrel barrier, was poured). The Trex posts and beams are recycled plastic timber:  95% post-consumer plastic waste and 5% sawdust waste. We chose this material not only for its eco-smart origins, but also because it will never warp or split in our searing desert sun, nor does it need chemical treatment for insect resistance (we have plenty of native termites here in the desert!). This enclosed, rabbit-proof, bird-proof, squirrel-proof garden will be 20 x 30’, and 9’ high.

Jeff and his 16-yr-old son Josh planting the first of the fruit trees! This one, freshly put in on the left,  is a semi-dwarf Minneola Tangelo. To their right, not planted yet, is a Nagami Kumquat. The squirrels don’t bother citrus too much, so these are being planted outside the vegetable enclosure. Yum! Thank-you guys!!

Farraday Newsome, Under a Moonlit Sea, glazed terra cotta, 17.5 x 19.5 x 11”, 2001

Jeff Reich, Greythorn, glazed stoneware, 30 x 9 x 9”, 2008