Monthly Archives: December 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.


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.


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.


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.

But I found a small bent tree and carefully slid it over it’s branches to rest in an unusual spot.


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.


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.

I love the over head view.


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.