Yearly Archives: 2014

Studio experiments and Happy New Year

It’s so nice to have home, studio and gallery attached and we can easily go from one to another.  When it’s quiet we can be in the house, a buzzer goes off when someone comes into the gallery.  Or at any time we can satisfy the urge and go into the studio and make something.
12_31_14_hSue is making a rock here.  The piece is hollow with veins of clay running in it.  Sue started making rocks years ago for display purposes and to go with some sculptures she created.  Now customers buy the rocks, so in her spare time, she’ll make a couple.
12_31_14_cHere’s a fascinating process Sue is working on.  She first created the blue triangle in a long strip, covered it with white clay and connect two of them…….
12_31_14_dShe continues making groups
12_31_14_gUntil she’s made a six sided chuck of design, that she will continue to form into a very nice and neat loaf and then she will take slices off the loaf…..
12_31_14_band form them over a slump mold, smooth them all out and had a foot ring……..next year you’ll see the finished piece.
12_31_14_fI’m continuing with the silk painting and doing four 8×10’s at a time.
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and then I also do this…………

Happy New Year!

Fun studio work and winter

Sue has been developing several new techniques over the last couple of years, now she is putting them to regular use.  Below she’s transferred the image of cows to a slab of clay.  The image is in a ceramic colorant and it is an image that a client wanted.
12_16_14_cSince this is a slab, Sue will use a hand building technique to turn this into a mug shape.
12_16_14_h12_16_14_iAnd down in the bottom Sue has put a little surprise.  A mug like this is larger than her typical hand thrown mugs and will hold approx. 20 oz.
Cow Pottery by Sue B. Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYHere is another cool example of this technique
12_16_14_g12_16_14_fPottery by Sue B. Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYCat Pottery by Sue B. Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Two fresh cat bowls came out of the last kiln before the holidays.

Winter has arrived in the North Country.  We took in 18″ of heavy snow over a two day period.  But the day before the snow I had a nice walk around a nearby lake.
12_16_14_dThis lake is gently frozen.  Sue likes to ice skate on this lake, so we always check to see how the condition of the ice is.  Now though it has heavy snow on it.  Sue tells me the story how her father would take his Scout with a plow on the front and clear off the snow so the local kids could skate.
12_16_14_aIce crystals on a small stream.
12_16_14_bI’m experimenting with using our silk designs to make wall hangings with, here are four rectangles that will get stretched over 8″x10″ wooden stretchers.

Happy Thanksgiving and back to the studio

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!  Our girls were here and that was very nice and I received phone calls from all my nieces and friends from around the country.  We watched movies together and I was able to read and play piano and just relax and eat all day.

I was tempted to get into the studio….but I waited
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New Yorkuntil today, then I set up for silk painting and did two chickadee scarves and will do another four because they were a big seller this month and I am out of them.  It looks like I will silk paint for a bit now as long as I have everything out.  I’m going to move away from scarves for awhile though and work on some hanging work in silk.

Successful Holiday Sale

With an hour left in the business day I’d say we are about average with this sale, perhaps a little above.  Very nice.  It looked like a lot more people, but with a lower average purchase.  Etchings and silk went well and of course everyone comes in for the pottery.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYn this composite photo it shows we still have excellent inventory.  I went through a lot of scarves but have kept the displays full, but now I have all my silk inventory out.  Sue is running low on mugs but still has very good inventory left.  She always is so relieved after the sale.  She works so hard to make it nice and make sure there’s lots of pottery for everyone.  And now with the wholesale business she has she also has to accommodate their needs, which she is doing very well.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYOver the past couple of years Sue has been working on clay earrings.  Now she has some wonderful pieces, very creative and light to wear at excellent prices.
11_23_14_dThe cookies we made this year, the photo is a little shaky because that always happens with me around cookies…..Of course there’s more than what you see here, we made way too many and now will freeze some.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYI love Sue’s new Nerikomi pieces she has been working on.

Gallery Holiday Sale

I’m always amazed at the work that we can create for ourselves.  I mean this little sale that we do every November is such a big deal for us.  We clean the gallery top to bottom, make changes, put up lights and balsam boughs, decorate and such.  We’ve been making work for the sale for a couple of months, there are some wonderful bargains for our customers tomorrow.

We have cookies that we’ve been making for a couple of days.
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Here is one of our family favorites, a checkerboard cookie.  You make chocolate ropes and vanilla ropes, put them in a pattern, flatten them out, refridge and bake them the next day, a wonderful mix of sweet and bitter.

We also have Presidential Pecan cookies, chocolate chip, sugar cookies that Sue has Holiday Decorated and of course Sue’s Baklava……and then we have several kinds of tea served in a couple of Sue’s really nice tea pots.  We have a place set aside so customers can sit and enjoy some tea and cookies.
11_22_14_bSue opened another kiln this morning and in this kiln was work for the sale along with a lot of ornaments that she made.  Here CJ and Sue and stringing them together, while I make a pizza and finish the cookies.  Emily also came home tonight to help out, get the gallery ready and just be there for support, it was a wonderful evening having the kids here helping out and visiting with them.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYSue is known for her tea pots, this is the time to get one, this is one of my favs….

Fresh kiln, new work

Besides pumping out work for all the wholesale orders Sue has, she also is making work for the Gallery Sale coming up this weekend.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYLately the kiln firings have been filled with wholesale work, so it’s nice to see one that can all go into the gallery.

Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThe casserole lid can be seen completed in the three pieces of blue and white in the middle of the photo.

More delicate rose petal bowls, plenty of mugs and in the lower right had corner a soup tureen.

Under the tureen is a platter.

I love the way the ladle sticks out and the cup is in the shape of a leaf…..how cool is that!

It’s amazing after working with Sue for over 30 years I can still get giddy over her creativity

The price on the tureen will be about $250..
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYPottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

This sold very quickly, Sue always makes lots of nice pieces for the sale, she just doesn’t pump out a bunch of mugs and bowls.  There’s always tea pots, one of kinds, raku and then there are pieces like this one, all discounted for the sale and our wonderful customers.

Holiday Sale approaching, morning walks and ideas.

Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

Our holiday sale is always the weekend before Thanksgiving, Sue takes 25% off her pottery and I have a sale of from 25% to 50% off of silks and etchings.  The gallery still needs a lot of sprucing and cleaning, but the walls and shelves are filling up with work coming out of the studio.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkThe Shibori style designs on the silk scarves normally sell for $40 but on sale they will be $20, I want everyone who wants some color in their life to have one.  I made  about 25 of them, we’ll see if that was enough.
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In addition to the work that Sue and I make we’ll have a large selection of wooden puzzles at very reasonable prices.  These puzzle are not made in the Adirondacks, but they are so cleaver and at such a good price we couldn’t resist them.  Some of them do have Adirondack themes as the maker does visit the mountains.
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Sue’s ware shelves are full of drying pottery as she schedules in the last of her firings before the sale.

 

Most morning I take an invigorating walk in the morning, it really sets up my energy levels for the day.
11_15_14_cWe had a little snow on the ground and here’s view across the small Lake Eaton to where Whiteface Mountain shows snow on it’s slopes.
11_15_14_aCanadian geese are living in the reeds and fishing in the lake this time of year.  The fly in and out several times a week, I guess some move on and others fly in for a rest.
11_15_14_dThis old tree stump sends out roots.  I love the way the pine needles are swirling and the roots from the tree weaving and twist their way through them into the ground.  I’m tempted to just get lost with pen and ink on this idea.
11_15_14_bHere’s another example of contrasting patterns I’ve been exploring lately.  The random up and down of the reeds against the horizontal waves in the lake.

 

Wet, bisque pottery and new techniques

Sue continues to explore colors, textures, techniques
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

This is a small 4″ across delicate bowl with a rose petal design.  Nerikomi technique developed in Japan layering colored clays into different patterns
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYObvara fired pieces, are a variation on Raku firing. Also referred to as Baltic Raku.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYHere are some freshly made casseroles drying.
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The bisque kiln and the slab roller are covered with pottery ready to be glazed.

We are getting ready for the Holiday Sale on November 22 and 23, we have our advertising and banners all set.  Sue has her schedule for throwing and glazing, I have mine for pricing and cleaning and decorating.

For years we’ve had abandoned property next to us and across the street from us, finally the one across the street went up for auction and a woman we know bought it and is planning on putting in a vacation rental.

Autumn, being an artist and little politics

It continues to be a beautiful Autumn in the Adirondacks
10_16_14_lakeI try my hardest to get to this nearby lake every morning for a nice hike around it, sometimes I go around twice.  The tree below is also on this morning walk.
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Sue and I have been in business for 33 years.  Pottery, Etching, Book Arts, Jewelry, Paintings, Drawings, Weavings, Sculpture, Drumming and more, we have done so much together.  We’ve done workshops in the studio, in schools and library’s.  But all this creativity is what is shown to the world, however behind all that there is much more to be done to get the work into the gallery.

We also have to be plumbers, electricians, carpenters, landscapers, etc….to make everything happen.
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This is the inner workings of the large kiln, we need to replace thermo couplers, they determine the temperature inside the kiln and correlate it to the other levels to make sure the temperatures in the kiln are even on each level.

I find it extraordinary that we accomplish what we do.  I’m not bragging, I’m thinking about Government and how they can’t accomplish anything anymore.  They have stifled the economy so much that many customers can’t afford to shop in little galleries like ours and other little gallery owners that we know have gone out of business.   Sue and I feel like we don’t even work for ourselves anymore, we work for the energy company, the insurance company, the health care companies…..that is where the money that we earn goes these days.  In 30 years we should be having an easier time of it, but it is much harder than in the 80’s 90’s and 00’s…….where is it going?

What if we were just starting up today?  We see our talented kids struggling to get a foot hold in society and get on with their lives, but they always come up across road blocks, that weren’t there when we started out.

 I just watched a local debate for our Congressional District Seat.  The Republican and Democrat I do not want to represent me, they don’t even live in our district, but have rental apartments here, and they actually live in Brooklyn and in DC!  The Green party candidate is the one for me…..because….he supports $15 an hour wage.  He grew up here, he lives here, he runs a bakery and employs 30 people and pays them $15 an hour now.  He puts his money where is mouth is.  He also sees the need for single payer health insurance, which I am all for.

You hear so much from political candidates about helping small business, I’ve never seen help.  We don’t want direct help anyway, we just want people to thrive to be able to afford what we make.  Even our local town politicians don’t understand local business.  I can’t think of a time when one ever came into my business and asked what I needed to succeed in this town.  Not once in 30 years!

Instead we find out they close the road and the town for a business day in the middle of the summer so a bike race can use the roads that normally our customers would drive on.

I guess what I’m getting at is that all these windbags from the President on down to local council people like to spout off about small business but don’t really ever do anything to help small business, they like to talk about the independence of Americans’, but are we really independent anymore.  More and more we are becoming subservient to Corporations that are bleeding us dry, until we have this place where we are today.  Wall street is banging up large dollar amounts, while small towns are crumbling.

Watch us crumble or thrive here, in this blog.

Autumn

It’s a beautiful autumn in the Adirondacks
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This is a view from the deck of our gallery.  The large red maple is about 150 years old, every year it causes cars to stop, people pile out taking photos and they move on to the next scene.

This weekend is always considered the end of the summer season.  Now we gear up for the Holidays and then the winter solitude and creative times in the studios.
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Sue always has orders to fill it seems and she still manages to make pottery and sculpture for her gallery.  This is an order of mugs for Mountain Lake TV, they give them away as donation incentives.  Sue has had a relationship with them for 25 plus years.

The season was average and that is good, we like average these days.

I’m framing and matting and trying to catch up on putting my work up in the gallery and soon I will be working on new towers and books.
10_12_lakeThen the other thing I’ve been doing is taking wonderful morning hikes.  You can’t beat the Adirondack lifestyle.