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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 2018 Newsletter

Indigo Street Studio 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, and garden.

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1. Indigo Street Studio Calendar


2. Carol Gouthro Studio Visit, West Seattle, Washington


3.  Seattle Visit


4. A Month in the Arizona Pines


5. Seed-Starting Time in the Garden

August 26, 2017 - Summer 2018: A Shared Passion, Phoenix Airport Museum, T-4 Level 2, Phoenix, Arizona


November 3, 2018: Tour de Bird, a Backyard Bird Habitat event sponsored by the Desert Rivers Audubon Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Indigo StreetStudio ’s native landscaped yard will be a site.  http://www.desertriversaudubon.org


December 1-2 & 8-9, 2018: Indigo Street Studio 2018 Holiday Sale, both Saturdays 10am- 4pm, both Sundays 12pm - 4pm, at our home studio Indigo Street Studio

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Seed-Starting Time in the Garden

We had a terrific studio visit with ceramic artist Carol Gouthro during our trip to Seattle earlier this summer! In this photo Carol is unwrapping and showing us several wet clay parts that will be used to construct a new sculpture.



           

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A Month in the Arizona Pines

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Seattle Visit

We are just starting seeds for the fall and winter garden, planted but not yet germinated. Ants are very busy this time of year and we’ve seen them carry off small, shallowly buried seeds, presumably to their underground homes in preparation for winter. So, we’ve had the best luck if we start the seeds up off the ground. So far this year we’re starting lettuces, arugula, mustard, pak choy, kales, marigolds, parsley, and onions this way.

Seattle, we love you too!

This extraordinary reflecting pool in the middle of the wooded Bloedel Preserve. It reminded us of the large reflecting pool in the Court of the Myrtles at the Alhambra Palace in Spain. Unlike the Spanish pool, however, this was built at groundwater level, is self-sustaining, and is surrounded by the forest.

The lush Bloedel Preserve on Bainbridge Island is a 150-acre public garden. It is located on the expansive grounds of the former estate of a lumber company executive. It is naturalistically landscaped, taking inspiration from the conservation movement and Asian influences, and features predominantly native plants of the Pacific Northwest.

We visited the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park and were struck by this life-size metal tree by Roxie Paine. It is called Split, is polished steel, and made in 2003.  A red Alexander Calder sculpture is in the distance.

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture was designed by Frank Gehry.  It’s undulating form beautifully reflects the ever-changing light of the Seattle sky.

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle is in architectural conversation with the nearby Gehry building. Both are on the grounds of the Seattle Center, a large public arts and sciences complex.

These tall flower-like sculptures are by Dan Bloom Center. The 2013 piece is at the entry of the Pacific Science Center, also located at the Seattle Center, and is titled Sonic Bloom. The flowers are twenty feet in diameter and up to forty feet tall.

We were delighted to be able to visit the studios of Pacific Northwest wife-husband artists Carol Gouthro and woodworker Stan Hain while we were in Seattle earlier this summer. http://www.carolgouthro.com

“Above and beyond the conceptual notion that all ceramics being made of organic matter are by default organic by nature, Seattle sculptor and potter Carol Gouthro’s work embodies and inhabits organic with ebullience and gusto. The essence of Gouthro’s sculptural practice springs from a myriad of inspiration found in the natural world: pods, seeds, blooms, stamens, petals, gourds, stems, leaves, pine cones, shells, sponges, and lichen. Her muse is Mother Nature herself, both the flora on the earth and below the sea...”   Thus begins the March 2018 Ceramics Monthly article “Ebullience and Gusto” by Heidi McKenzie http://heidimckenzie.ca. . Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Carol’s studio is dense with projects and ideas.  She is working on a new body of work for her upcoming October 2018 two-person show Profusion with Kate Maury at Eutectic Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Opens October 5, runs through October 27, 2018.                                     http://eutecticgallery.com/event/profusion-2/

While we were there she had several sculptural vessel forms underway. This one is in the greenware, wet clay, stage.

Jeff Reich enjoying the visit and admiring Carol’s shelves of ware.

When Stan built his woodworking studio he knew the roof would be seen from the second story of their home. Please excuse the window screen in the photo, but we loved that with this in mind he decided to make a beautiful roof!  The photo on the right is Jeff and Stan discussing a piece of custom laminate wood that Stan will be using in an upcoming commissioned project.

Stan and Carol share a passion for gardening and botany. Their home is beautifully landscaped on all four sides with a brilliant eye to color, texture, and tiering. The photo to the right is one of their more exotic specimens, a potted carnivorous pitcher plant.

This past month we decided to take a break from the desert summer heat and created our own “artists’ retreat” in the Arizona pines. Jeff brought paints, canvases, and an easel while Farraday worked on her book. We both got a lot of work done as well as plenty of time hiking, running, elk & deer viewing, and river gazing. So nice!

Arizona elk in the woods near our cabin.

This was one of many coral fossils we saw. It seems that 300 million years ago Arizona was covered by shallow seas.

This is one of the Jeff Reich’s new paintings made during our stay in the woods. It is Clouds of Whispering Pines, acrylic on birch panel, 2018.

Farraday Newsome’s writing nook had a great window with a deer and elk path just a few yards away. A bonus was a wild cherry tree with fruit just a few feet away! Great wildlife viewing and writing time! 

Our German Shorthair Pointer, Skye, also seemed to enjoy the change of scenery and new smells. She was quiet near elk, barked like crazy at deer, and strained mightily at her leash for squirrels. 

When we were hiking higher up, such as on ridge crests where it was drier and more open,  we saw large colonies of agaves which were likely Agave parryi, an Arizona native.