A Year Gets Going

I’m so disappointed in posting only five entries for the last year.  I’m making it a goal to return to many postings with information about what we are doing and how we do it.

I’m the primary caregiver for my 96 year old Mom for the past three years,  it takes more and more work every year.  Last year I was learning to emotionally cope with what is going on and to plan my creative time.

I’ve recalled a method for artistic creative recovery for myself, that I’ve used several times over my artistic career.  It’s a book titled, The Artists Way by Julia Cameron.  I recalled some of the techniques that have worked for me in the past.  The most important one is to put aside time just for yourself.  I wasn’t doing that, I was so wrapped up in taking care of my Mom that I just lost my creative direction.

But Mom is doing very well, she lives on her own, she’s in a wheelchair and on oxygen, but can still walk and stand for short periods.  In six months she’ll be 97, and we’ve made a very nice situation for her.  She wants to stay in her house for as long as possible.  We prepare the meals and do the cleaning and get her anything that she needs.

So basically I’ve arranged a schedule for myself, that gets me into my studio most afternoons.  Even if I don’t do anything, I just sit there with a pad and pencil……ready.

I’ve been doing silk painting.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkI’ve set my studio up for painting on silk.  The sunflowers on the stretcher with no background yet are going to be framed.  I’ve also been doing silk scarves.  I did them years ago and then Sue did them for a number of years, but she’s too busy for them now, so I took it on.  Already fulfilled a commission on a dragonfly scarf.  I’m making lots of new work for the summer.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

I’ve labeled on the dye jars and dye containers so I can easily move around the colors.  I also made a test silk with a square for every color.  I’m getting antsy to get into other things, so I’ll probably only do another week or two of painting on silk.  I’ll post more images of the silks soon.

As for Sue……

This coming March and April she will be giving a 6 week class in Upper Jay at the Library.  The class was limited to 10 and it filled up immediately.  I’ve been watching some of the projects she is putting together and these students (all over 55) are in for a special treat.  Sue has learned so much over the years and she’s very good at putting it together in a way that people can learn and participate.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

I really like this new green look on the white stoneware.  The pitcher on the right has some wonderful texture to it……the tumblers were very popular last year and Sue has made some hand formed goblet cups that sit on a thrown stem.  They look organic and almost like she grew them…….maybe we should display them in the garden.

With the way business is and with the way the government leaves the future uncertain, it has required Sue to do a lot of wholesale business.  Last year was a record making year for pottery.  One potter couldn’t possibly make any more pottery and stay healthy.  Sue has several really good accounts that sell many different items of hers, and they are always calling for more.

But Sue has also done a lot of experimenting this winter so far.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

Above are small plates, about 4X6″.  The designs on them is a new technique that Sue is perfecting and that I’m getting anxious to try myself.  This is one of the projects that the class will be doing.  Sue prints a design out on the printer and then using a colored slip she applies that over the image and because of the nature of the print, the slip is repelled from part of the image and accepted by the other part.  Then you just put the paper on your clay, slightly wet it and press it on.

In other posts coming very shortly I’ll showcase some of the interesting work that Sue is doing with colored clays.

Thanks for reading.