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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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September 2013 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar


2. Phoenix: A Cultural Oasis


3. Jeff’s Sculpture Commission In-Progress


4. Summer Michigan Trip


5. Skye and Shaggy


6. Indigo Street Pottery Kitchen

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!

Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

Indigo Street Pottery Kitchen      


April 15 - December 31, 2013, Phoenix: A Creative Oasis, group exhibition curated by Ted Decker for phICA (Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art), offices of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton http://phica.org/oasis.php

April 27 - December 1, 2013: Same Difference, Phoenix Airport Museum Terminal 3, Phoenix, Arizona  http://skyharbor.com/museum/ExhibitionsTerminal3.html

November - December, 2013: Teapots, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin                   http://www.gingrassgallery.com/about.php

May 2014: Jeff Reich, one-person exhibition, Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University Galleries, Kean University, Union, New Jersey http://www.kean.edu/~gallery/


March 2015: Farraday Newsome, one-person exhibition, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York

http://www.clayartcenter.org/default.asp

     Phoenix: A Creative Oasis

Shaggy and Skye

Farraday Newsome, Swallowtail Garden Teapot, glazed terra cotta, 9 x 12 x 6” , 2013

Summer Michigan Trip   

Jeff Reich sanding (left photo), then rinsing (right photo), the large cube sculpture commission that has been successfully bisque fired! The  bisque (first firing) for such a large piece took three days. This was a very controlled, slow firing so that steam could slowly and safely be released from the clay.

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Skye, our sweet rescue German Shorthair Pointer, and Shaggy, our most shy rescue cat, have struck up the best cat-dog relationship in the house! Shaggy is a spectral, rarely-seen-by-others polydactl (6-toed) cat that took the past two years to finally be coaxed into our house. He’d been abandoned in a foreclosure and took up residence in our backyard, but now is finally quite happy with the comforts of indoor living!.

The commission is based on the piece in the photo above that Jeff made a few years ago. It’s the same size as the commission in the photos above, and glazed with areas of pattern, texture, and desert plant imagery, just as the commission will be.

Oatmeal with homegrown fruit is a breakfast staple at our home! We love it, which is good since the oats bag is so big! We cook the oats until they are almost done, then add cut up fruit from the garden (peaches in this photo), cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ground flax, and nuts. Served with a splash of soymilk, yum!

We got these Grain Miller organic oats from Mesa’s The Backyard Farmer who delivers fresh produce from local growers to our door (we can’t grow everything ourselves!), as well as organic bulk grains and beans both local and from the Western region. http://veggiesdelivered.com

Our desert eyes were hungry for big water, so off we went on a day trip. Here is a view from Lakeport State Park, north of Port Huron, with the blue-green water of Lake Huron as far as the eye can see!

We traveled back to Livonia, Michigan in August to celebrate Jeff’s mother’s 90th birthday! Both of Jeff’s parents still live in the home they raised their children in so many decades ago, which is really great. All of Jeff’s siblings (five kids in the family) were there for the surprise party, which was a well kept secret during months of planning. Jeff’s parents, Marilynn and Stan, were delighted and amazed by the surprise!

Photo, left: Marilynn Reich in pink, with husband of 67 years Stan Reich seated below her; surrounded by their children, left to right: Doug, Cindy, Tom, Susan, and Jeff.

Photo, right top and bottom: Marilynn blowing out the candles on her cake; Marilynn and Stan in conversation

While we were there, we ran a 5K race in Ann Arbor, Michigan that benefitted the La Mora Medical Clinic in El Salvador. Amazingly, we each won first place in our respective age classes!  Thanks to Jeff’s sister Susan Reich for coming to watch us and snapping this photo!

Our running path along the Rouge River in Hines Park, Livonia, only 1.5 miles from the house Jeff grew up in. Jeff used to run this trail in high school! It goes for many miles through meadows and forest, and always alongside the river.

Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome both have work in the current show Phoenix: A Creative Oasis. The show was curated by Ted Decker for phiCA (Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art) and is installed in the offices of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton through the end of 2013. This exhibition also includes other Phoenix area ceramicists such as Patricia Sannit, Sam Chung, and David Bradley.

From the phICA website’s exhibition statement:

In January, 2012, Greg Stanton was sworn in as the 52nd Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, the 6th largest city in the United States. A large urban population center and commercial hub in the southwestern USA, Phoenix has been fast-growing since World War II (between 2000-09, the population of the Phoenix Metropolitan area grew by nearly 1 million people) and has become an international destination for tourists and a magnet for people and businesses. The desert environment is an oasis for dynamic, creative people who live and who arrive here to share their considerable talents towards enlivening and enriching the Phoenix and Valley of the Sun cultural infrastructure.

phICA director and curator Ted G. Decker assembled 34 works of art by 24 artists from the Phoenix area as well as from Brazil, Cuba, Portugal, and the United Kingdom for this exhibition project. The international artists spent time in artist residencies in Phoenix. The works were installed in the Offices of Mayor Greg Stanton and signify the dynamism, diversity, progressiveness, richness, and stellar creativity of the citizens of Phoenix and of the community of Creatives who live and visit here. The title, Phoenix: A Creative Oasis, directly counters an erroneous perception, more in the past than now, of Phoenix being a “cultural wasteland”. Like anywhere, cultural infrastructure needs to be sought out, supported, and enriched by people who live and visit.

To view all of the works in the exhibition visit:  http://phica.org/oasis.php

Jeff Reich, Desert Texture, glazed stoneware, 1 x 9 x 9”, 2012

Farraday Newsome, Dark Blue Bowl with Fruit, glazed terra cotta, 6.5 x 14 x 14”, 2012