Yearly Archives: 2009

Sculpture, Discoveries and Installing a mural


Sue is doing more sculpture.  Here she is attaching the lower legs to a form.


These are a series of white stoneware female forms, these will either be pit fired or raku fired.

Making a Discovery

Making a Discovery – a new pencil drawing for me. Sue and I will have a gallery opening of new work this coming summer 2010.


Sue is also working on production ware and wholesale orders. Here are assorted pieces for Adirondack Life magazine.


Sue is back in the tile business.
This is at Elizabethtown school where she installed this mural the children made
just outside their cafeteria.



Thistle Pots, Tiles and Appalachian Folk Songs


Sue and Shache are making pendants.  Now that her tile mural is over it’s back to production work to catch up on orders, but she is planning on spending a lot of time doing sculpture as well.


I played the drums this summer.  I started writing rhythms about my Adirondack Experience and its really renewed my drumming enthusiasm. 


Sue is excited about her “Thistle Pots”.  She’s making them in all kinds of shapes now.


Here’s another tile project Sue just finished. It’s much smaller but very nice as well.
tilefullrecordermanHere I am recording Jerry on the banjo.  


Jerry sings Appalachian folk songs along with Irish and British Sailing songs


drumming_2After the Mountain Drum percussion group dissipated in 2007 I began re-working my hand techniques and putting in plenty of practice doing exercises we learned from Joe Platz, the maker of most of my drums.

I also began writing down rhythms that I was composing about my Adirondack Experience.  I was lucky to pick up a recorder so that I could hear what I was playing.  I could also experiment now with new sounds and make recordings of it all.

I have written seven rhythms to date and I have found that I am more on fire about drumming and percussion than I have been at anytime in the last 12 years of playing the drums.

Below are five of my percussion pieces that I have recorded.

Marcy Field



I Just Love Fruit

Gill Brook


The summer of 2009 was very quiet and with Sue away most every day installing a mural, I spent a lot of time under the tree out back, on the deck or in the gallery, drumming.  I got the recorder that summer and was able to experiment with my rhythms in ways I couldn’t before.

For this project it would be nice to have another seven original tunes before I drift away with another idea.  I’d also like to do something with percussion and poetry in the future.


Making a Star Book and Quebec Wine

I got a request from a Mom to make a book to show Polaroid Transfer Photos of her son’s wedding.
Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYI immediately thought of a Star Book, when opened it displays all the photos in a circle.

Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

I used my handmade paper for the front and back cover, making an opening in the front for a photo.  The larger pages are a heavy graphic stock and the small pages
where the photos were presented were Reeves BFK.

Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The main pages use a hinge to bind themselves to each other.
The hinge is made from a handmade paper from Montreal.

Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The Reeves paper that presents the photos is cut small and pasted onto the larger pages so that it moves forward and pops toward the viewer as the book is opened.

Book Arts in the Adirondacks by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Wine Tour in Southern Quebec


Just over the Vermont border within 12 miles there is a wine tour.  Maps are available in many places.  Large and small wineries are sprinkled around and the countryside is the most pleasant to drive through.  There was very little traffic on the day we were traveling and every farm and house along the route was
beautifully kept and scenic.



 In some of the wineries they had displays of old equipment.


Each winery had bar and retail area, the charge was 50 cents for a tiny glass, but it’s usually enough to decide whether I like it not.  I’m no pro for sure
but I know what I like.

We learned that because of the short growing cycle up north, it is harder to establish the tannens in the wine and therefore the dryness.  We wound up getting more dessert wines than anything.


One of the wineries had a very nice sculpture garden, but all the wineries had interesting things to look at.




Along the route was a pottery.  They had very interesting grounds, full of sculptures and fountains and footpaths.

They have similar business experiences like we have in the states as far as making livings as artists.



Quite a few wineries had open air pavilions where they must have samplings and parties. Every winery was very free with their property, you had to pay for the wine but otherwise you could wander the vineyards and buildings.

Clinton County History “Through the Eyes of Its Children”

A tile mural 28 feet long on the side of the Clinton County Government Offices.

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Sue was approached in October of 2008 to be one of the working artists on this project,  which included 1,000 7th graders from every school district in Clinton County.

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

The progress of the mural can be seen in previous Eating Art issues.  In these photos the mural area is cordoned off from the public while installation is going on.  Here is a picture of Sue with about a third of the mural on the wall.

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Sandy, Sue and Bucky on August 12 2009 when the mural  was unveiled in a ceremony, students who participated pulled the covering on the mural.

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Historic buildings and battles are represented in tiles made by the students

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Sue, Sandy and Bucky worked on the larger elements of the mural.  The ship is about nine feet tall.

Clinton County History Mural by Sue Burdick Young

Government Center Mural

The Mural Project, aka:
Clinton County History Through the Eyes of Its Children

mural_14On the right you see the mural laid out so far…its’ going to be close to 36 feet when finished.  There are just little bits of tile to fire and put in place and Sue hopes to begin installation by July 14th.

The photos below tell the story, Sue, Bucky and Sandy worked tirelessly on this project, seeing 1,000 7th graders in Clinton County and working on some of the larger elements of the mural themselves. 

Sue tooled many of the tools and molds used in the process, she had me pose for one of the Indian guides and used her creativity and her extensive knowledge of clay to make this mural possible.

It will be installed on the Government Center building in downtown Plattsburgh to celebrate the Quadricentenial of the Lake Champlain Region.







The image of the ship was projected onto paper then transferred to a large 8′ x 4′ slab,
then worked on by adding relief.

sue_measuring mural_10








Whats New for Summer 2009

Eating Art was never about food, but now that we have taken cooking lessons from Uwe Riehs we have come to appreciate food and preparing and serving of it differently from before.  We always were a family that sat down to a cooked meal every evening.  We used some wonderful recipes that Sue’s Mom had, some Sue had and some from my family.  We cooked like that for years, with only little variations from time to time.

Chef Riehs has taken us up a level, now we have a wonderful spice rack with fresh spices that we grind when we need them.  We shop in the Ethnic markets in Montreal when we are up there.

On the right we have Sue’s Spinach Soufflé which has been a family favorite for a long time, served with it however is Pico de Galo.  A wonder salsa that is served with the souffle, is made with fresh radish, shrimp and orange wedges.


What have our daughters been up to?
IMG_1361IMG_1363The photos above are the polo field at the Bark Eater Inn in Keene Valley.  On the left that is me throwing the ball into play, Emily is on the white horse, Cactus Pete, who’s a little slow, but her horse Corona wasn’t ready for play.  They play with however many players are around at the time.  Emily will be giving trail rides all summer long at the Bark Eater Inn.

CJ did summer classes and now she is camping for five weeks at Field School.  It’s a “Dig” just south of John Browns Homestead in North Elba, they are surveying and digging at what was once the Epps Farm, a 150 acres plot of land that was part of a settlement that John Brown called Tim-Buck-Tu.  The land was set aside for Black Families, 150 acres were needed to be able to vote, but the soil and conditions of the Adirondacks proved too hard to actually farm in and the settlement slowly disappeared.



Sue has been very busy with her mural project.  Here she is working on a section of the map of Clinton County.  The lower photo  is a clay sculpture ready for plaster to make a mold.  It’s a trillium and now they are medallions that Adirondack Life buys and sells through their magazine and sales have been very good.  Sue also has a line of ceramic pendants.  We were going to go whole sale with them nationwide through a online wholesale outlet but because of the mural Sue put that project on hold.  However we have gotten inquires from the website and a very nice first order from a shop in North Carolina.

What has Terry been doing?
Building websites mostly.  It’s been a very busy six months, this was the first winter in 40 years that I didn’t do artwork.  The only artwork I’ve done has been digitally with an idea for a book that I’m working on.  The web business took control of me and I let it because of the unknown effects of the economy.  I don’t know how more of it I can take though.  I have over 60 clients now that I manage and now it’s kind of a guessing game as to how much work do I want and how much time do I want for art work.  It really depends on the economy and gallery sales.

What I have been doing a lot of is Drumming.  I’ve composed three new rhythms for myself and I’m attempting to make it to fifteen or so, but I’m having a problem getting to four, so we’ll see.  But I have totally enjoyed playing my drums again this winter and it feels good.


Montreal and Nadia’s Apartment

Were invited to spend a weekend at a friends apartment in a very nice neighborhood in Montreal.  Sue and I have been going to Montreal for many reasons over the years, but never to spend a weekend in an apartment in a very vibrant neighborhood, with cafes on every corner and lots of shops.

montreal_soupSue is on the right enjoying a morning tea, the apartment building can be seen below, the balcony would be on the right in that photo.  The other photo below is the night scene on the avenue below, it was bustling with activity and fun to watch from our perch with a glass of wine.  Cattycorner from the apartment is a theater.

On the corner is a cafe and from the corner I am taking the photo that is a cafe as well and from 9am on the tables come out and people come and sit for hours.  It was a very warm weekend in Montreal, so we did a lot of walking

apt combined with street

evening view combined

sue on balcony

Sue on the balcony right off of our bedroom with the morning light shining in.


breada typical neighborhood street.  Ten minutes away by car or metro is the center of the city.  Within walking distance is the Jean Talon market and there are several very good bakeries right in the neighborhood.

chinatownOne day we took the metro to the Atwater Market and then walked back uptown, checking out the Asian Markets in China Town,


Every Sunday in the park on the east site just below Mount Royal people gather for a drum circle.  We didn’t have drums with us, but we did a drive by to see it and know where it was because this something that we are going to do.

It was refreshing and invigorating, especially for Sue because she has worked so many hours on the mural project.  And hanging with Nadia was so special and inspirational as well

History Mural in Plattsburgh

History through the eyes of our Children
Celebrating 400 years of history in Clinton County on Lake Champlain

Sue has been commissioned to be the Artist in Residence for a 35 foot mural
to be installed on the Government Center Building in Plattsburgh NY.  The
mural tiles will be made by 900 7th graders in every school district in Clinton
County.  The following photos will show the work that Sue has put into this project.


This is the first draft of the design for the mural.

mural_1Here is what it will look like once it is installed on the Government Center Building.

This project was conceived by the Clinton County Historian and a grant was written for the project.

Sue’s name was brought up as the artist in residence for the tile mural at the Peru Central School.



Sue has taken the drawings of the seventh graders and translated them into tile molds.  On the top photo you can see her working late into the night on one such project on the bottom is her method of mold making.



Here Sue is using aluminum to make her own clay cutters in the shape of people tiles.


Molds of many faces


This is an example of the Kids Drawing, the clay mockup and the mold


Leaf Rollers


Texture Rollers


Tiles for Historical Figures of Clinton Country


Color Test Tiles


Wood Carved tools by Sue


For making Texture


Sue made some stamps for the project as well

What’s New

The Mural Project has been consuming Sue but she still finds time to get in the studio and make an order or two.  She made a beautiful tea service set for a wedding.
But the tile mural undoubtedly has most of her attention, and it is gradually becoming a work of art for the ages.  She has transformed the children’s drawings into molds that they then can press clay into and see their drawing in clay.  I have to believe that when they pull the clay out of the mold they must be thrilled to see their drawing in three dimensions.


Sue’s creativity is really shining through on this project.  In the summer issue of Eating Art I’m hoping to have photos of completed tiles and perhaps even some installation photos.

whatsnew_3Another thing Sue has found time for is creating new molds for her pendant and pin business.  Here is a trillium she carved and now it is ready for the plaster.

She was going to go wholesale with her pendant line this winter but with the mural project those plans are on hold.  There’s no sense getting too stretched, or stressed, and it was a good decision because now that she is in the thick of this project she goes to schools five days a week, and on the weekends she plans for the next week.