Yearly Archives: 2015

Mild Winter Walk

It is a balmy 58 at our house today, going close to 70 tomorrow.  On my walk this morning I was taken by the green moss.  The way the light in the atmosphere was, it seemed as if the greens were especially brilliant.
12_23_151I don’t think the photos do it justice, but the contrast between the living green colors and the browns and rusts of the drying leaves really caught my attention this morning.

This is a photo essay of my attentions.
12_23_15212_23_15412_23_15612_23_155Here I found an interesting yellow mold on the green moss.  With the warm temperatures expected through New Years, I’m thinking there will be a lot more walking that skiing and snow shoeing.

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So many things of beauty can catch my eye on a morning like this one.  It’s so distracting that sometimes it will change the whole course of my day.  It might give me an idea to pursue artistically, or it might induce some kind of contemplation.

A visit with Zane and renovations

12_21_15_zaneZane and Emily came for a nice visit.  It’s only been two weeks since we last saw our grandson, but we really notice the changes.  As any parent knows, it goes, so fast.
12_21_15_zane2Here is Zanes official Christmas 2015 photo.

I don’t think I’ve shown any photos of the renovation work Corrine and I are doing at the A Frame in the Woods.

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Corrine took the old counter and sink away downstairs and made this out of slab lumber leaving the bark on the edges.  The back splash also has the bark left on.  The old piece is coated with a very hard apoxy surface.  I am so impressed that when I re-do the upstairs bath I’m going to make a slab counter as well…..I already bought the wood.

Fresh Kiln

Stoneware Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

I posted the piece when Sue was building the goat for it.
Stoneware Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkSue received a note from a client and it was written on stationary that had colorful bug creatures on it.  Sue made this one of a kind large mug from that idea.
Stoneware Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkThis is a special order going to a church.

Stoneware Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkNice teapot set that Sue has put stencil designs on.

Sue has fired her last kiln for the year.  Hooray….partytime…..!

Gallery Sunset

Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

It was a spectacular sunset tonight over the gallery.  The weather has been so mild that I walk around the property quite a bit taking advantage of it.  Whiteface looks like it might have a couple of trails, but the mountain is mostly without snow.

Christmas Orders, Walk in the Woods

Sue has two more kilns to fire, to get all the orders out.

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These mugs caught my eye.  A special order for someone who wanted a small half size mug and more square than round.  You never know, even this might become an item and you’ll see it in the gallery in 2016.
12_10_15_6Sue is putting handles on mugs, the bisque kiln is loaded with mugs, there is a shelf of mugs on her wheel and the ware shelfs behind her are full of mugs.  The pellet stove is on low, its been really warm in the Adirondacks, 50+ today.

So I went for a little walk before I began a day renovations at the A Frame in the woods.
12_10_15_4Unseasonably warm, no snow, no frost, no winter.

I like meandering around and looking for natures wonders.  A small log of Birch caught my eye, because of the size.  It was just right for something that I like to do.  I could tell it was rotting from the inside, that’s what is amazing about Birch, the inside rots but the Birch bark always looks fresh and new.  I squeeze it and then pushed to rotted inside out and was left with a wonderful tube of Birch bark.
12_10_15_2Perfect to put a lens in and view the landscape.
12_10_15_1Or, put a bottom in it and use it as a cup.
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But I found a small bent tree and carefully slid it over it’s branches to rest in an unusual spot.

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Someone On The Trail (perhaps)

How does something like that happen
it isn’t natural
yet, there it is
The wind?
it could have been blow there,
I mean there must be thousands
of bits of Birch bark that fly
through the forest during a wind.
Surely one might fly onto a branch.

Or some artist was walking the trail.

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This week we went to visit Emily and Zane.  Listening to the two mothers talking put me right to sleep also.

Studio Work and Mild Winter Weather

Sue has a lot of juggling to do.  Wholesale orders, special requests from long time customers, keeping the shop stocked and creating new ideas.
12_6_15_1Here Sue is at work on making a Goat Handle for a casserole, a special order.
12_6_15_7Here it is in its beginning shape.
12_6_15_3Also on special order are some butter dishes.  Sue throws the two forms on the wheel and then alters them.  The top of the butter cover and bottom of the dish will be made from a slab of clay.
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I love the over head view.

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12_6_15_6Today was 50 degrees and in some places in the Adirondacks it was probably higher.  I took the opportunity for a little hike.

Last night was in the teens, a heavy frost was on the ground this morning, but soon after the sun popped up over the mountain around 7:30am it began warming up quickly.  I wore a sweater and skull cap and was plenty warm.

In the photo at right you can see the frost still on the ground in the shade even though the temperature at this point was just over 40.

The little brook was moving, no sign of ice on December 6.

I was able to get a nice look at a woodpecker.
12_6_15_2The forecast is for a mild week and that means more hikes through the woods.

Mug handles, Thanksgiving weekend

Back to the studio after a successful sale weekend and then a small business weekend.  Sue continues to get orders for mugs.  So today she is making ‘da mugs’, here is how she ‘pulls’ a handle off of the mug.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

After throwing the mug on the wheel and letting it dry to ‘leather’ she’ll lightly round off the bottom edge by rolling it several times on edge.  Then she applies wet slip to the location of where the thicker edge of the handle will be attached.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The she scores the area and prepares one of her pre-made handle lumps.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Sue pushes the handle lump into the scored area of the mug and then with her thumb goes around the attachment part securing the two areas of clay.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

She continues to work the attachment, smoothing with her thumbs and then with a sponge.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Now with the handle lump of clay is attached securely to the mug, with a wet hand Sue pulls the clay handle lump downward, continually tapering and forming the handle, with each pulling.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

When she has pulled a long enough piece for a handle she bends the clay into a pleasant handle form, secure and comfortable for someone’s hand.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Sue presses the handle into the mug and then squeezes off the excess.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

With her thumb and sponge she smooths the process and a mug is ready for drying.

We had a full house for Thanksgiving.  Emily, Adam and Adam’s Mom, Karen, came up for Thanksgiving.  CJ had her friend Ben from Brooklyn join us for the weekend too.

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Of course our grandson Zane was there, now two months old.  It was three weeks since we saw him last and really noticed the differences.
11_29_15_thanksgivingOur Thanksgiving table was full of everyone’s favorites.  We are very thankful.

I made it a workout day for me, first the treadmill and then weights.  Then a walk around my favorite little lake.
11_29_15_lakeA light sheet of ice was on the lake, melting quickly though.  It has been cold at night and warmer during the days.  Thanksgiving was in the 50’s.
11_29_15_squirrelI came across a happy squirrel, we had a conversation and I went on my way.

Gallery sale day

I would be remiss without showing sale day photos…….
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkYoung's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkYoung's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkYoung's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkSue brought in one of her craft show displays.  She’s worked hard to get all the favorites out in the shop for the sale, plus a lot of new work and one of a kinds.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New YorkSue made some special tree ornaments.
11_21_!5_5and of course there are cookies and tea…..
11_21_!5_711_21_!5_6CJ made the six different kinds of cookies this year including the baklava.

The weather is crisp at 40 going to 45 with clear sunny skies.

Other places in town are having sales and there are also regional craft shows going on.

There’s certainly a lot for shoppers to do locally this year.  But there’s nothing like a handmade, Adirondack inspired craft!

 

Cleaning the gallery, raku firing

With just days away from our Holiday/Christmas sale we are giving the gallery one of our twice annual cleanups…..the other one comes before the summer.
Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYSue is firing four bisque and two glaze kilns this week with some fantastic work.  We are maxing out our 200 amp electrical system by overlap running an 80 amp kiln and and a 50 amp kiln.  We run them in the middle of the night.  Cuts into sleep….but its a long winter.
Stoneware pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThis leaf design casselrole holds one gallon and has a very cool clay branch like handle.
Raku by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYBesides all those electrical kilns going, Sue is firing the raku today.
Raku by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYFlames are everywhere, the heat is pushing into her face and after we put the cover on this one, Sue is smiling and says, “Who the hell invented this process”!  She loves it!  More fire the better.

Blue black pottery selection and where’s winter?

Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYSue has fired a lot of her blue/black pottery, getting it ready for the sale.  Sue is firing a kiln a week and this coming week I will clean and decorate the gallery.  The lady from the stump out back came in this week.  Although the Adirondacks are very mild right now we’ve been having some freezing nights.  Everybody thinks Whiteface Mountain won’t open by Thanksgiving and that would be  shame.  It really packs a lot of people into town when the mountain has snow for skiing.  But even this week we are scheduled to have two days in the 60’s.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThe teapot on the right is a new design Sue began last year and seems very popular, I’m seeing more and more work glazed like this.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYIncluding these two cake pedestals.
Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThis is a large bowl that Sue covered with different colors slips and then carved a design into it.  It hasn’t been fired yet because she wants to do more work on it.  She’ll fire it after the sale.Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Here’s a carved vase that has colored slip laid in the lines and is fully fired.  I really like this piece, would like to keep it, but……she won’t let me.

Last winter when I was making clay boxes for raku I experimented with carving and really enjoyed it.  I found it very meditative because of the level of concentration.

I’m looking forward to working in clay again in a couple of months, this winter will be for oil painting, getting prints made of those oil paintings and working in clay.  Perhaps some new towers, boxes and vases.

 

Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay New York

We just received some new photography work by Steve Auger.