Fresh Kiln

Long stretches of silence this summer, unlike from five years ago when one of us would be in the gallery doing business all day long.  We’re not seeing tourists come through our neck of the woods this year.  Yet.

We still are busy though, Sue did the farmers market in Lake Placid today and had a kiln cooling and also worked on making a dozen small plates.  I looked after the quiet gallery, we had one good customer at the end of the day.  After being in business for 28 years we’ve built up quite a lot of love out there and customer/friends always come around when their in town.

A friend came by and we shagged golf balls into the woods, I’m keeping a club to practice my swing.  I use to play golf on Long Island, but when I moved up here I left everything behind that didn’t have to do with art.  So I haven’t played in 30 years.

I played a lot of piano today too.  I’m working on “Misty”, I’m so happy when I play piano, I get so lost.  Like when I use to do artwork.  I just am having so much trouble getting into any artwork right now.  The only thing that actually appeals to me lately would be building some of my clay towers, firing them and then constructing books for them.  I’ve been eyeing the slab roller when I walk by it and picturing a project going on there.  That’s a good sign.

Stoneware pottery butter safes by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYAfter Sue came home from the market, which isn’t up to par either, she emptied her kiln.  Let’s see  what was in there.

Here is what I am most excited about, the Butter Dishes.  Back on June 28th I took pictures of them in their raw state.  Here they are finished.  Love the Cow.  I’m sure they will go fast, I need to get some good pictures tomorrow.

Lately the kilns have had a good amount of orders in them, that is so good in this economic climate to be out ahead of selling what you are making.  In Sue’s case I’m sure it’s because her work is of the highest quality and creativity.

Stoneware pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

A dinnerware set that was sold off the website as a bridal registry.  Five piece service for eight.

Stoneware pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Platters with the leaf design

Stoneware pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Bowls with the leaf design

Stoneware pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Sue always has something drying, something ready to bisque and glaze.  This time of year she fires about three kilns a month.

Sue empties the whole kiln and records a list of all the pottery.  She’s been doing this for many years, it enables her to tell at a glance what she should make for the coming year, what she should stop making, etc.