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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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June 2012 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar


2. Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich: Compatible Visions, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO


  1. 3.Jonathan Kaplan’s Nouveau Moche Ware


4. Anderson Ranch Arts Center 2012 Annual Art Auction


  1. 5.Denver Botanical Gardens


6. Indigo Street Pottery Garden Notes

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!

May 4 - 26, 2012: Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich, Compatible Visions, two-person exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado http://plinthgallery.com/

July 26 - October 21, 2012: Contemporary Ceramics, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona http://www.tohonochulpark.org/wordpress/

August 11, 2012: Anderson Ranch 32nd Annual Art Auction, Snowmass Village, Colorado www.andersonranch.org

August 11-12, 2012: Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome will be conducting a hands on workshop in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada for the St. Albert Potters Guild  http://www.stalbert.ca/history

1                         Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

2     Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich: Compatible Visions

                               Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO                 

4           Anderson Ranch Arts Center Annual Art Auction

This summer Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome will be participants in the 32nd Annual Art Auction at Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Colorado. The event will be held August 11, 2012. The 2012 Art Auction website, which will preview the amazing array of artwork featured in the live and silent auctions, will be available by June 15, 2012.


Each summer art lovers and community members support the Ranch by bidding on a wide range of artwork created by artists from throughout the valley and around the country. More than 200 artworks will be auctioned in live and silent auctions. Benefitting the educational programs of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. For more auction information visit http://www.andersonranch.org/events/index.php?page=auction


Anderson Ranch is a learning community dedicated to creativity and growth through the making and understanding of the visual arts located on five scenic acres in Snowmass Village, near Aspen, Colorado. It promotes personal and professional development of artists of all levels of expertise through year-round workshops in ceramics, sculpture, photography, new media, painting and drawing, printmaking, woodworking, furniture design and more. Their artists residencies for emerging and established artists, summer internships, visiting artists and critics, community outreach, and public events offer a full spectrum of opportunities to creative people of all levels. The facilities feature fully-equipped art studios and galleries. Anderson Ranch programs and activities including art auctions and artist slide lectures, attract thousands of artists, art-lovers, students, faculty and patrons annually to this historic Rocky Mountain ranch dedicated to the fine art. To learn more about this beautiful art center visit http://www.andersonranch.org/ .

Top, left to right: Our entire show packed in a cargo carton awaiting freight pick-up at our home studio; the show unpacked and installed at Plinth Gallery in Denver, Colorado

2nd Row, left to right: Jeff and Farraday at center with gallery owner Jonathan Kaplan to the right;  Jeff Reich, Desert Erratic

3rd Row, left to right: Farraday Newsome, Bobcat Moon Teapot; Farraday Newsome, Unseen Drift nine-plate array

Bottom, left to right: Jeff Reich, Keeping My Balance; Jeff Reich, The Insistence of Thorns; Farraday Newsome, Dark Blue Bowl with Oranges; Jeff Reich, Thorns, hanging large tile.        

Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome currently have a May two-person exhibition, Compatible Visions, at Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado. Plinth Gallery is devoted exclusively to contemporary ceramics. The gallery is in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Arts District, a vibrant neighborhood of mixed studios, galleries, and light industry. The show runs May 4th through May 26th, 2012.

http://plinthgallery.com/


Jonathan Kaplan, owner of Plinth Gallery writes:

In May, Plinth Gallery will host Farraday Newsome and Jeff Reich for their two-person exhibition, “Compatible Visions”.  Since 2002, this husband and wife team have owned Indigo Street Pottery, located in Mesa, Arizona. From this home studio and showroom, they look east to views of the Superstition and Usery Mountains and the desert-scape and natural surroundings are major influences in their work.


Farraday Newsome comes from a family involved with creative pursuits; her mother, a master gardener and her father designed ceramic dinnerware and both parents were significant influences. Farraday received an undergraduate degree in biology from University of California followed by graduate degree in ceramics from San Francisco State. She has been making painterly vessels for over 20 years and many of the forms incorporate high relief surface imagery. Her work is image-driven, with subject matter drawn primarily from the natural world and she combines a “painterly space on a three dimensional object.” Farraday’s highly colorful imagery is built up from many layers of glaze, and her subject matter incorporates familiar images with a personal yet symbolic meaning in the narrative on her terra cotta ceramics. Farraday’s work can be found in national collections and galleries, and is featured in publications including the Lark Books series, “500 Teapots”, “500 Tiles”,  and “500 Cups”.  Farraday teaches part time at the Mesa Arts Center and is also a working ceramic artist.


Originally from Michigan, Jeff Reich’s early interest in arts education yielded to a fine arts degree from the University of Arizona. Jeff’s ceramic work consists of sculpture, sculptural vessels and wall tiles with an architectural approach to space. His surfaces consist of abstract color fields, with some interspersion of desert botanical imagery using highly textural glazes and ceramic pigments. He uses glazes as drawings of plant forms and natural desert formations that reference how the landscape becomes his interpretation of “nature’s regrowth, reconciliation and transplantation”.  Jeff is the director of the ceramics program at the Mesa Arts Center and has an active studio practice. His work is also featured in Lark Books’ “500 Tiles” and “500 Cups” and is in galleries and collections.

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan says of Newsome and Reich’s work, “Jeff Reich’s’s sculpture and Farraday Newsome’s vessels show highly developed personal styles that are profoundly influenced by their proximity to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Newsome’s bold, colorful, and bright, surface paintings contrast easily with Reich’s muted color fields. Their ceramic work is indeed a very compatible vision.”

The exhibition will be on display through May 26th.  For further information refer to the Gallery website www.plinthgallery.com or call (303) 295-0717.  Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District www.rivernorthart.com.


For an interesting interview with Jeff and Farraday by writer and artist Connie Norman, go to:

http://connienorman.com/blog/2012/05/01/plinth-gallery-artist-interview-farraday-newsome-and-jeff-reich-2/

Jonathan Kaplan is a ceramic artist who maintains a studio, gallery http://plinthgallery.com/ and home with his wife Dorothy Bensusan in a beautifully refurbished building in Denver’s industrial warehouse district, the River North Arts District www.rivernorthart.com. Jonathan is a master of mold-making, using sophisticated slipcast techniques as well wheel and slab work. In recent years Jonathan has undertaken an in-depth examination of Peruvian Moche ware, personalizing it in the studio with modern imagery and slip-casting techniques.

In Ceramics Art and Perception No. 85 2011, Anthony Merino wrote a review of Kaplan’s 2010 Modern Moche show at Plinth Gallery. Here is an excerpt:

He merges his own cultural history with forms and motifs appropriated from Moche Pottery to create his art. Moche culture thrived on the north coast of Peru between 100 CE and 600 CE. One of the more distinct aspects of Moche ceramics is the use of a ring shaped stirrup spout. Kaplan repeats this form throughout his work. He produces the stirrup spout by combining slip cast Fisher- Price toy rings and commercial corrugated plastic tubes. Curiously, this production method closely mimics the process originally used by the Moche. Moche potters create the distinctive round spouts by pressing clay into moulds. This appropriation generates a sense of irony. People typically assume a rubber fish mounted on wood, would flip away and play popular songs when it passed by. Unlike his Moche predecessors, Kaplan cannot guess what or how a viewer is going to read his images. So the media is defining the work... In defining the act of appropriation, Kaplan states, “We take bits from our visual universe and distill them, funnel them through our brain matter with the hope of defining a style, a voice, of our own works.”

To read this article in its entirety, click:  http://plinthgallery.com/storage/CeramicArt_Perception_v.85_Merino.pdf

Jonathan Kaplan, Nouveau Moche Ware, glazed ceramic, 2010-2011

Photos below: We always enjoy visiting botanical gardens when we are travelling. The Denver Botanical Gardens is one of the top-ranked in the country. While we were in Denver in 2010 the DBG featured the sculptures of Henry Moore. This year we were treated to the exhibition Kizuna: West Meets East. These fabulous, large,  site-specific bamboo sculptures are the work of artists Tetsuoni Kawana and Stephen Talasnik.     http://www.botanicgardens.org/

                 The Denver Botanical Gardens                    

Photo below: The Denver Botanical Garden’s potager, a French kitchen garden with an eye to symmetry, attention to texture, varied color, using vegetables, herbs and fruits.

Photo to right:  A long waterway at the Denver Botanical Gardens, featuring fountains interspersed with large glazed pots.

This is the second year for our young fruit trees here in our kitchen garden at Indigo Street Pottery. Jeff has done a fantastic job of pruning them to “backyard orchard” size, letting them get no taller than around eight feet. Our Arctic Star Nectarine, a white-fleshed nectarine, is especially laden! 

Photo below: Arctic Star Nectarine with nasturtiums and basil growing at its base.