Yearly Archives: 2012

Kiln, Teapots, Photography, Acting and Cooking

Sue fired a kiln that had a group of teapots in it.  Sue is entering a competition called “500 Teapots”, it’s a book published by Lark Books.  There are several that I think are really knockouts, all of them are like alive and organic, like they could brew all on their own.
Stoneware Teapots by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYStoneware Teapots by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYI thought these were really cool,  A mama teapot and her brewed……..
4_19_12_1Sue has a nice piece of photographers vinyl to shoot the pottery on, and she’s made some diffused light lamps.  Her photos look really good, I’ll have to post one soon.
4_19_12_4Here’s a picture of Scott Renderer, he’s directing “The Birthday Party” by Harold Pinter and also playing the part of Stanley.   It will be seen in late July and early August at the Recovery Lounge.  I play the part of Petey.  I’m really digging the character and very happy to be a part of the ensemble.  It’s always fun to go through the months of work it takes to put on a good theater production especially when I have a small part.  A  good part, every part in the play is great and Scott cast it so perfectly.  He’s doing a wonderful job of it.
4_19_12_5Here’s Brian (left) playing McCann and Bob playing Goldberg.  We are a little over three months into it and three months from opening.  The first three months were very loose and included everyone’s vacation time, but now we are all here and rehearsals are starting to occur on a regular basis.

The other things I’ve been doing is making large amounts of food.  Here are six quarts of tomato sauce.  Now that I also cook for my Mom and am always trying to cook better and cheaper.  I actually made seven quarts and it cost me $2 a quart.  Probably less that picking up a mass produced jar of Ragu.  This batch has roasted red peppers in it.

Today Sue did a whistle making workshop at AuSable Valley High School, she saw seven classes and an art club at the end of the day.  Tomorrow she goes back for more.  Today I painted most of the day, hope I’ll have a painting to post next time.

Sue at work

Lately Sue has had her hands in all kinds of projects.  She’s working hard to get her teapots through the drying process, bisque and then kiln fired.  Then she still has to photograph them and send them off to the “500 Teapots” juried competition.


Here are a pair of small teapots.  Even though they are tiny they still require all the parts and the time to make them is practically the same as a large one.  It’ll be interesting to see what she does with these.


Here she’s throwing a tiny spout for a teapot.


When Sue breaks for lunch she has a project going on the kitchen table.  This is the beginning of laying out the tile for underneath the cabinets.  We’ve tried out several ideas but now we’ve hit on exactly what we want.  It will be worth waiting for.

Stamping a Pendant

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Sue carved a loon design out of a slab of clay using linoleum carvers.  Then cast the image in plaster.  She places a piece of cardboard on the mold to get the right amount of thickness to the pendant.  She bought an old hamburger making press at the Riverside Thrift Shop in Wilmington for $1.50 and with a few adjustments converted it into a stamping press.

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The result is a wonderful new pendant, that will be going to a non-profit organization as a fund-raiser.

What have I been up to?  Following Sue around with the camera.

Teapots, food

I’ve been drinking more tea lately.  Sue turned me onto a caffeine free chai tea that she picked up at Arlies Emporium in Wilmington.  It’s either water or tea for me.
4_9_12_5For Sue it’s teapots this week.  I loved this one, it’s about to go into the bisque kiln.

Some of these teapots Sue will enter into the “500 Teapots” competition.

Now that the kids are out of the house, we’ve re-vamped old recipes, experimented with new ones, learned how not to waste food, because without the kids here it took a little time to adjust to buying less.  

We plan a two week menu and buy the vegetables and fruits for that period.

I make our tomato sauce.  I buy two giant cans of cut tomatoes and make six large containers of sauce that we freeze.

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On the left Sue is putting together a calzone, filled with mushrooms, peppers, garlic and cheese and usually any leftover vegetables.  On the right is the photo.  I really have to work on the photo part.  The basil leave wilted before I could snap the photo, and I forgot to move it to a better looking background.  You have to give the photographers of food a lot of credit.

I’d love to put something Italian on the EatingArt menu, because I think my sauce is really good.  I’m getting ready to make another batch with a bunch of red peppers I just got on sale, I’m going to roast them and then puree them into the sauce.
4_9_12_1Here’s a cool thing we’ve been doing lately.  I learned this from Bobby Flay.  Instead of buying those expensive corn chips.  Get a package of flour tortillas, oil both sides, salt, pepper and cumin them.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes and cut into wedges right away.  A most flavorful chip that we controlled the salt on.  Two tortillas are plenty for the two of us.


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Here’s where we use the tortillas, another Flay recipe, this one for guacamole.  We always buy the avocado deal where you get five for five.  We’ve replaced cheese in several meals with avocado now, but we’ve always been a fan of guacamole.  Sue always made it very simply by crushing the avocado, garlic and adding lime.  Boom, that was it, and I always loved it.  But then we tried this recipe that has roasted corn and cilantro added, and now we love this.  It makes for a hardier meal and usually this is a meal for us.
4_9_12_4This is my attempt to make a better photo of the Lemongrass braised beef with scallion pancakes.  I think I should do it on a tablecloth.  Still a work in progress.

Pottery, blitzes and working on the menu


Sue has kept very busy with many varied projects.  Besides orders Sue is submitting teapots to a unique pottery publication in hopes that her teapots will be featured.

Starting on the bottom is a tea pot that is based on the memory of stones that her father use to pick up along the seashore.  The stones had water worn holes in them and they would make necklaces out of them.  On the next level are foot teapots with one horse teapot with a little bird used as a handle for the tea pot top.  Very cool, I like that one.

On the third level up on the right is a rectangular baking dish, she’s been making some of them recently and then next to that are pots with hole designs in them.  Sue will be putting electric lights inside those and stringing them up outside for summer time lights.

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On the left is an inverted teapot after Sue has sculpted the feet onto it.  On the right is a baking dish just out of the bisque kiln, reading for glazing.  I love the scalloped handles

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On the left are tea pot parts, spouts and tops and look, there’s Satchamo in the gallery wanting to get to his people in the studio and bother us, and walk among the wet pots hoping for a pet here and there…..will someone please let him in?

I’ve been practicing still life’s but have nothing to show, yet, if at all.

Today I started rehearsing Act III of “The Birthday Party”, that’s my largest part of the play I’m in.  In Act II I only have about eight lines and I’m off stage and in Act I, I help to open the play with my character and then in five minutes I’m off stage.

It’s a perfect part for me at this time.  I really didn’t want to have to put too much time into a part, but I wanted to have the discipline in my life that rehearsing for a character in a play would give me.  It opens July 26 at the Upper Jay Arts Center in Upper Jay.  Also working with other actors is always a blast, we have a lot of fun doing this hard work.

Continuing with my EatingArt Menu, Sue and I made a bunch of cheese and cherry blintzes from a recipe we got from Ula, the exchange student who lived with us for most of a year in 2005.  Ula is from Poland, so this is an authentic Polish taste.  However, we use ricotta cheese instead of local farmers cheese.  I think we make them sweeter than they do.


To the far left in the photo is a plate with a crepe on it, to the left of that would be the pan we use to make them, Sue is making them, piling them on the plate and I’m adding the ricotta and sour cream mixture and rolling them up.  For the cherry filling we just use the cherries out of a store bought can of pie filling.

4_2_12_2Blintzes  is something that I grew up with in New York City.  A lot of my neighbors were from the eastern European countries and I still have some of their recipes.

I’m going to have to do better with the final photo, the “Gallery Shot”.  I should have served them flipped over so you don’t see the final fold on the crepe, and probably should have constructed them a little neater.  I was too hungry as is usually the case.

So cheese and fruit (in season) filled blintzes will be on my EatingArt Menu, but as yet I don’t know where.  An appetizer?  Dessert?  I usually eat two cheese, served with sour cream and sugar as the main course, and then have two cherry ones for dessert…….is that legal?

I think I’d be better off keeping them as a dessert on the menu.

Pendant molds, EatingArt menu, Printmaking workshop and new paintings

Sue has gotten really good at carving out her designs.  She has quite a collection of molds that she has created over the years.  I sure wish we had an example of each one.  She has many different techniques in creating a mold.  The photos below are press molds she carved into plaster.

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On the left is a lady slipper and on the right is a violet.  The violet will become an exclusive pendant for Adirondack Life magazine.

A wonderful idea that I’ve had for sometime is to have a restaurant.  The idea will never happen in reality, however why not take it virtual.  For several years we have been taking cooking lessons with chef Steve Uwe Riehs, he has really spiced up our palates and cooking talents and risks.  One thing about living and working in the same proximity is that we always got to back bread and cook meals rather effortlessly for dinner each night.  We developed some really wonderful meals over the years, but got stuck in doing them year after year.

Chef Uwe classes focus on one type of cuisine each lesson.  There are usually classes of ten and he goes over each portion of the meal and has an easy to follow recipe style.  Sue and I have really utilized what we’ve learned from him over the past three years.  We’ve innovated some of the recipes we’ve learned from him, some stay exactly the same.  We continued with our favorite meals from years ago, but now use fresher spices and take risks with our flavors more.

In my virtual restaurant my menu will have all my favorite meals.  I don’t think I could concentrate on any one type of cuisine, I’ll just do whatever pleases me at the time.

The photo above are the ingredients for, braised beef with a lemon grass rub, served over scallion and creamed corn pancakes.  Oh my goodness it was so good.  The recipe doesn’t call for the scallions in the rub, but I add them in there anyway.  Turmeric, coriander, garlic, star anise, black pepper, ginger and garlic all get blended with scallions and lemon grass, throw in some fish sauce and birds eye chili paste.  Wow.

So we used a beef bottom round, sliced into 3″ by 1/4″ slices, browned in some coconut oil in a large fry pan, when they begin to caramelize, the paste goes in, bay leafs, coconut milk and beef stock.  Then it braises for two hours at 300 degrees.

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The scallion pancakes have similar spices, turmeric, ginger, garlic, coriander, plus you add a can of creamed corn.
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3_25_12_menu_5They get mixed into the batter and cooked till golden.

I realize I really need to work on my plating skills and making it look as delicious as it really is.  The problem is I didn’t want to take the time once it became ready.  I was too hungry and the bottle of wine was open.

I will work on taking and presenting better photos.  You should check out Chef Uwe’s website and his blog, because he posts wonderful photos of the food he is currently making.

But this one will be one my virtual menu.

Sue took a printmaking workshop with Nadia Korths from Saranac Lake.


This video is from Sue’s YouTube channel and below are two of the prints that Sue made.

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Spring is beginning in Jay, New York.  Probably two weeks early, although Robins have been working the grounds since January, since there was no snow.  It had been in the 70’s ad 80’s for a week, but this weekend it was chilly in the 40’s and misty.  A good weekend for studio work.

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I did two small paintings.  On the left and 8×10 of a spring stream and the other is 9×12 of a winter bog.  I’m going to make a series of small paintings for the gallery this summer.

The Quilt, Pottery and Beading

3_21_12_quiltThe quilt is finished, here’s the official portrait.

It measures 51″x36″.  I learned a lot and my next one will be slightly better.  My mistakes were in the handling of the sewing machine, but now I’m much more comfortable with that.  My other big mistakes were in squaring up the quilt as I was sewing it.  For this I will use a square next time and make a conscious effort to size properly and square as I go.  That would just be a good habit to learn in quilting, much the same as when I have to do carpentry work around the house.

So Mom designed it, I pieced it and then I was confronted with stuffing it, putting a backing on, binding it and then have a nice quilt design on it.  I was planning on just having a straight line quilt design, because I didn’t have the expertise for anything else.  But the woman at “Loose Threads” told me about quilters who do the quilt design, and they have wonderfully expensive machines to help accomplish this daunting task.

So out of three different business cards she gave us we called the right one for us.  Jean S. Welch in West Chazy NY.  We went to Jean’s house and met her and her husband and what a small world it is because her husband Flip was in the Air Force with a neighbor and friend of mine Jon Nedele, the Adirondack Photographer. 

Jean showed us patterns that she could quilt and we choose one that had swirls and hands on it.  Jean did such a good job because she also bound it and put the stuffing inside, her price was reasonable, she gave us good advice and a quilting book to light more fires in my imagination.  Thanks Jean, your awesome!


I thought this design was perfect for a baby quilt.


Here’s what the quilt looks like on the wall in the gallery.  I am so tempted to start on another one right away, because I loved doing it, and it looks so good in the gallery.  But I’m set up in the studio for oil painting, which I would like to do today, but it’s going to be 80 degrees and Sue is cooking up different salads and we’re going for a picnic at AuSable Point tonight, and there’s always excuses.
3_21_12_mugsSue has been busy all winter and the orders keep coming in.  This is part of the WCFE television order.
3_21_12_knitbowlSue doesn’t do very many special requests but this one caught her fancy.  A knitting bowl to keep the yarn in while knitting.  Here is the finished product.


In Sue’s spare time she likes to bead.  She’s been using up some of her beads by making these wood bead necklaces.  She’ll wear three or four of them at once.  If you see her wearing them, mention how nice they look and she’ll probably give one to you.  Sue likes to give away her work like that from time to time and it makes a nice surprise for the receiver.  Sometimes she’ll go to a party with a nice salad in one of her bowls and just leave the bowl for the host.

So I have a drum gig this Friday night, it’s my second rehearsal for “Into the Adirondacks”, I practiced long and hard last night and I am ready for this.  If an audience comes, it looks pretty slim right now…’s not for everyone, but that’s why I have wonderful desserts, because who doesn’t like desserts?

Books and busy

I finished the four books I was working on.

Adirondack Book Arts, by Terrance D. Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

I have the new ones up on my website, AdirondackBookArts

I really want to make some new tower ideas within the next month and perhaps bind up some extra books.

This will be a very busy week.  I’m in rehearsal for “The Birthday Party”, down at the Upper Jay Arts Center.  Glad to have a small part and therefore my rehearsal times are shorter, but sometimes they just come at a bad time.

Tomorrow I’m drumming at the ARC here in Jay.  They are a home for people with disabilities, and the drumming seems to be something that they like.  Of course I think most people like the drumming, but in limited amounts, it isn’t something you can take too much of.  I’m not that good, but I guess I’m good enough to be entertaining.

Wednesday night we are going to the Blueseed Studio in Saranac Lake to listen to our friend Nadia recite her poetry and look at her prints.  I also believe I am playing the udu when she recites her “Black Angel” poem.

Yesterday Sue and I took the quilt parts up to a lady about 40 miles north of us, she will put everything together, quilt a design and put a binding on it.  Excellent.  I enjoyed making the patchwork part of the quilt, the design part, but the other parts would have taken too long, so I’m glad we found this woman.  She is a retired teacher and has this great house and studio, with this very large machine that will do the quilting.  She guides it over the pattern and the machine goes to work.  I forgot to bring my camera, but when I pick up the quilt, next week, I will have to take some photos of her studio.

On Friday we’re going to spend it with CJ in Rutland and then go to a Hahn-Bin concert at the old Paramount Theater there.  He’s a Grammy award winner and the reviews for him say, “embodies the 21st Century of classical music”, and “pop performance art”.  He comes from Korea, and has a very cool look about him.  Can’t wait.

The week after that I’ll have to get ready for my Second Rehearsal.

Tiles and books

It’s been about two and a half years since we did over our kitchen.  The tile work was the one thing we just couldn’t settle on.

Here is the idea, mostly white and blue with accents of the yellow and red.  Sue is going to use a brown grout I think, that is why it is displayed on a brown piece of paper.


It’s going to take a lot of tiles so for the next couple of kilns, Sue will cycle tiles through.

Today Sue glazed most of the day and got a bisque kiln ready.  She cleaned her glaze buckets outside in 60 degree weather.
3_7_12_cI have my covers glued together, I have my paper ripped to the right sizes, I need to make the three bindings that get inserted into the tower, and stitch the books.  From the left they are, Tower of Inspiration #15, Observation Tower #3, Tower of Inspiration #14, and Tower of Inspiration #16.

3_7_12_bThe Tower of Inspiration is probably my easiest tower to build, but the bindings take a lot of time.  Whereas the Observation Tower is very difficult to get right and the binding is easier.

The famous quotes are bound into the cross boards on either side and slide down into the tower.  I print them out on the same wonderful paper as the Coptic bound books, 100% cotton Arches Text Wove from France.

I’ve arranged a program to print these sheets for me.  I can follow the guidelines for ripping each section of the quote into a page.

Distractions, new look to EatingArt, tower book decisions

It’s hard not to have distractions in the Adirondacks.  Ten below zero with a foot of fresh powder on the trails, that’s a distraction, when friends come by the gallery to just chat or jam, that too.  The silent woods on a snow covered morning, beckons for distraction.  So did today…..fifty degrees on March 3, I kept walking around the house.  Had to be careful of the ice and had to walk through snow and puddles, but it was fifty degrees.

My piano was a distraction today as well.  The gallery was quiet and Sue was at a baby shower.  I had goals to cut paper for books, but I never finished.  Oh well, there’s always tomorrow, and I wanted to get this new format idea up on the web.

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I’m going to put some color into the books for the three “Towers of Inspiration” that I am making.  So today I cut binders board for all the books and for my special bindings that rest suspended in the top opening.  I was hoping to get all my paper cut, glued and weighted down for the evening, but it was fifty degrees today.

The marbled paper is something I found in Rutland Vermont, the suspended binding begins with two pieces of board cut so that when fitted together they form a secure shelf from which the pages of the binding hang.

New Kiln, Pit Fire, Udu and Poetry

Sue has been experimenting with new textures, and underglazes.  I love the small dishes that she is making and the way the glazes break around the patterns.
3_1_12_aWhen we re-did our kitchen two years ago, we left the wall under the cabins bare so that we could put tiles up there.  We finally settled on some ideas.

Sue is sorting through tiles she’s been making over the last couple of kilns, I think we’ve settled on our colors now.
3_1_12_cIn the last blog I showed the pots wet and here on the Knitting bowls with Alpaca Heads.
3_1_12_dI like the color combo on this pot, I think the black becomes a very stunning glaze because when other colors are on it, they really shine.
3_1_12_hIn order to do one of our pit-firings, we need wood.  Here I’m chopping a piece of oak.  I use soft wood to start the fire and I have hard wood and hard wood saw dust down around the pots.
3_1_12_gSue and my methods are totally different when it comes to pit-firing.  Sue is wrapping her hand built pot in aluminum with orange peels, cilantro and lavender.  There will also be saw dust in the wrap.

I tuck plenty of paper in and around the wood, and light that baby up.

Here’s what happens…….

I had three towers in this firing.  Color is muted, but I’ll make books for these pots now.

Our friend Nadia came over one afternoon, she’s giving a poetry reading at the Blue Seed Studio in Saranac Lake and I mentioned how I’m combining my poetry and drumming.  So we decided to get together and just jam with some of her poetry.  The following piece came out of the jam session.

I played a beat on the udu and Sue is the back ground on a drum.

Black Angel  a poem by Nadia Korths.