Monthly Archives: November 2015

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.

Gearing Up, Zane, A Frame and new prints

We are gearing up for our Holiday Sale, Saturday and Sunday, November 21, 22, 10am to 5pm both days.  25% all pottery, 50% silk scarves, 25% etchings and books.
Stoneware teapots by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYHere’s a fresh selection of tea pots for the sale.
11_7_15_5I’ve made plenty of Shabori scarfs, here are some still in the working stage.

11_7_15_3We visited with Emily and Zane during the week.  Zane is one month old in the photo, he grew 2 inches and is doing very well.

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This is the A-frame in the woods that my parents built in 1975, we are sprucing it up.  It’s in very good condition but things have gotten old in 40 years, so we’re touching up the outside and rehabilitating the inside on a pay as you go basis.   We’re hoping to rent the upstairs to vacationers next summer.
11_7_15_2When I go over to the A-frame to work on something, I usually start with a walk around the lake, which is only a very short walk from the house.  The walk around is a mile and half, sometimes I go around twice, once for aerobic….

Adirondack Oil Paintings, Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYAbove is a painting I did in 2004 called “Autumn Morning” it measures 18″x36″, it was sold.

marcydam_smlThe owner of the painting came into the gallery this summer and saw my new painting, “Marcy Dam” (right) and wanted to purchase it.  However I had decided to make prints of this and some of my other new works and I hadn’t yet taken a high resolution photo, hadn’t come up with a price and just wasn’t ready to let it go.  I always hate to see a painting go out the door, I love making a living at it, but it’s still hard to see them go.

There is quite a lot of competition with art work these days, specifically with photography and what they call glicee prints, which are basically ink jet prints using light fast inks.

I once had some pencil drawings reproduced and the method to print back then was off-set litho, I was not happy with the printing and the printer wouldn’t listen to my advice on the way that I wanted them.

I’ve done my own printing from etching plates that I made my hand, the old fashion way of printing making and really one of the few original ways of doing it that is left.

Now everyone with a camera has a printer, some printers are better than others and some are made just for printing, art prints.  I didn’t want to print my own and have to deal with computers and printers so I started looking around for a company or person to do the ink jet printing on canvas for me.

I thought that the oil painting brush strokes would work well with printing on the canvas, but I didn’t want to get going on photographing my work and getting prints made until after the busy holiday season.

I told the owner of “Autumn Morning” my plans to make prints of my paintings and he offered to take the painting to a company that would photograph the painting and then make a canvas print.  He mailed it to me and it was very nice, so he got me going on this project and I’m very appreciative.  He will be buying “Marcy Dam” in the springtime when he comes back to the mountains.

Over the winter I will be getting other prints made and I plan on doing much more painting with the plan to make prints on canvas.