Yearly Archives: 2015

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.

Studio Work

It’s been a lovely Adirondack autumn and just like the change of seasons, the business goes through a change.  The quiet days are here now, until our sale on November 21st & 22nd, and that is what we are working towards right now.  But this has been an unusual year for us.  Business has come from lots of different places.
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Sue has been doing lots of wholesale work.  Here are some of the pendants going to the Adirondack Life Magazine for their holiday sales.  Sue also has dog and cat bowls along with knitting bowls going to them.  There are plenty of wholesale mugs going out to different stores as well.

But Sue keeps throwing wonderful pots for the gallery and her many, many fans.  The quiet days really gives us time to get work done, to put hours into the studio in quiet, or have a pod cast on NPR to listen to.

When I am in the studio I’ve been working on Shabori silk scarfs, to get a supply ready for the holiday sale when they will be 50% off!

10_30_15_studio_3Between the sale day and new years we will be busy.  Our business is slightly ahead of last year, it’s taken about 5 years to come back from the great recession, but now that we are back to pre-recession levels and seem to be holding perhaps things are getting better.
10_30_15_studio_5Our wonderful cat “Sachsquash” hanging out in front of the pellet stove in the studio.  He quite often will spend his day watching Sue on the wheel or whatever activity she is doing.

I really hope to put more up on EatingArt now that I have the blog in WordPress and don’t have to worry about software anymore.  Wordpress is free and the updates happen automatically.  Some group somewhere made the software and put it up on the web for free.  I’d prefer what I use to use, but since I can’t use that anymore, this will suffice.

I’m in the midst of renovations.  When Sue and I were married we built a one bedroom apartment in my Mother’s A-Frame house and we lived there for 6 1/2 years.  We bought the old Burdick homestead out on the main road where Sue had her pottery studio and we were in the middle of turning the house part into a gallery and upstairs studio for me, when we found out we were having Corrine.  We needed a house for our new family to live in then and so the gallery/studio became…..home.  It’s been home now for 27 years.

The old apartment in the A-Frame basement is still there, only we canabalized it over the years whenever we needed something……door knob….light fixture…..you know…..

Also the apartment had a soft tile ceiling that was coming apart, there was a hot water leak at one time, the bathroom needed a new floor and we sheetrocked the ceiling this time, after insulating it.  Anyway….there’s been lots of new stuff done, updated and nice and we are almost ready to paint.

That’s where I’ve put my time this late summer and autumn season.  Can’t wait to just have time in the studio again.  But this is important to get done, because I still have an upstairs bathroom that I will be gutting and rebuilding this winter.  We want to have the house ready for vacation rentals next summer, and for family and friends when they come to visit.

Baby Zane

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Baby Zane Devendorf, 9lbs 10oz, 19 inches, a good size baby and he took his sweet time coming into the world.  He must have been quite comfortable where he was.  But now he’s got so much love happening.

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Once week later he has grown an inch and gained 7 oz!

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Emily is doing very well, as is Zane.

Sue’s Mandala Tile Mural

Sue held 12 community workshops in different locations around Plattsburgh.  The Cultural Arts Center gave her room to spread the mosaic out on the floor in preparation for installation.
Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

When it’s laid out on the floor, it gets covered with plastic glued on one side to pick up the tile in sections and moved to the wall.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

The wall had to be scraped clean of paint, that took four people three days.  Sue begins installation with the center of the Mandala.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

During installation lots of passersby were checking out the progress from day to day.  Sue had help at this point from college students, clay artists and her daughter CJ.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Then comes the unveiling after six months of work and preparation.  Sue researched Tibetian culture and the art of the mandala.  She created this design with respect to Tibetian symbols but also incorporated her own ideas.  TV, radio and newspapers all covered the event, of what will become a very distinct piece of art on permanent display in the city of Plattsburgh.  The owner of the building was very happy as well.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

At the end of the unveiling ceremony they released white doves.

Tibetian Arts & Culture Festival, Sue Young Tile Mandala, Plattsburgh, New York

The permanent installation is 10 feet in diameter and you can find it at the corner of Bridge Street and City Hall Place.  It is a short distance to Sue’s other mural on the Government Center Building at Court Street and Marion Street.  Look over the parking lot at the brick building, can’t miss the forty foot mural that Sue did two years ago.

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Afterwards there was a wonderful reception and Sue got to talk with some of the community people who participated in the project.

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Here’s what people don’t see on the backside.  At the end of a long day of scraping, installation or grouting she has to clean her tools and get ready for the next day.

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Not only is Sue talented in the design and execution of installation, but her ability to put together community workshops, and having many different types of people to teach how to make tiles with is extraordinary.

It’s quite an accomplishment on many levels, and they all came together to make one memorable art installation for the city of Plattsburgh.

Emily’s Baby Shower

Emily is due in late September, we are all very excited.  Here are photos from her baby shower at the A Frame.

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I’m pretty sure Emily and Adam received everything they will need to get started with their newborn baby, Zane.

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Zane’s first snazzy hat!

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EatingArt

Welcome to the new Word Press blog of EatingArt.

Twenty years of EatingArt morphed about five times to get to this point.  I haven’t made a real entry since June 20th because that is when my Frontpage software wouldn’t upload to the web any longer.

I knew it was going to happen someday.  Microsoft created the Frontpage web building software that I loved but then ditched it and stopped supporting it.  So the server company that I rent space on told me that I couldn’t upload anymore because there were security concerns, for Microsoft no longer upgraded the extensions that are needed to run the software safely.

So that brings me to this point.

I still needed to have a website for our business and the few clients I’m still working with, so I was reading where Word Press was used on 50% of all websites.  It’s free, it gets continually upgraded, what could go wrong?

It’s a different way of constructing websites than what I was use to.  I’m finding I’m adding a lot of html coding along the way to get the results I want, but it’s doable and I am getting familiar with the program enough that I’m now able to reconstruct our business and personal websites.

So this entry will come after the June 20th entry, I’ll date it July 1 even though it’s October 12th and four months have passed.  But soooo much has happened in four months that I want to go back in time and bring this blog up to the present.

Our daughter Emily had a baby boy, Zane, so we are grandparents and Sue completed a spectacular mural in Plattsburgh.  I will document all this in the blog as soon as possible.

Raku by Terry

Over the winter I worked on some pottery and now I’m firing my pieces.

Raku pottery by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Raku pottery by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The vase on the left has a crackle white glaze on the bottom and my cherry tomato glaze on the top with some great colors coming through.  I altered the neck and top of this pot.  I also made quite a few boxes that will be in the gallery this summer.  Again, great colors on my first firing of the year.  The small box on the right will have a piece of birch bark glued to the blacken center, I’m hoping it works.

Steaming Silks

In the archives here  I show a better example of how this done, we’ve made minor changes over the years, but essentially we steam the silks we design like this.

Steaming Silk at Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Steaming Silk at Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

I usually roll up 8 silk scarves at a time, in a line, on a roll of newsprint.  After they’ve been rolled up they are wrapped in heavier butcher paper, with lines of holes to allow the steam to come through and into the roll of silk.

 

Steaming Silk at Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Steaming Silk at Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The roll of silk is pierced at the top with a coat hanger.  Then the hanger is bent in such a way that it fits snugly into the top of an old stove pipe.  The pipe is positioned into a large pot with a couple of inches of water, care is taken to make sure not too much steam escapes and then I let it steam for 1 1/2 hours.

Tile Mandala Mural in Plattsburgh

Sue has finished the workshops that community members can make tiles for the Mandela at.  The next three workshops will be for glazing the thousand or so tiles

Tile Mandala Mural Project, Plattsburgh NY, by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Tile Mandala Mural Project, Plattsburgh NY, by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Tiles making workshops were held in schools, the hospital, the cultural arts center and different businesses in Plattsburgh opened their spaces so Sue could set up her tables for tile making.

Tile Mandala Mural Project, Plattsburgh NY, by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY  

On the left Sue is pressing clay into one of the molds she has made for this project.  This mold is a peacock feather design, familiar in Tibetian culture.

On the right Sue is at the Cultural Arts Center in Plattsburgh, in the Clay Studio, loading a kiln full of tiles.

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The peacock design after it’s been bisque fired and beginning of glazing and on the right the finished tile.

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 On the left are some of the many tiles made at a workshop.  Above are test glazes for this project.
Tile Mandala Mural Project, Plattsburgh NY, by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Tile Mandala Mural Project, Plattsburgh NY, by Sue Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The Mandela design that Sue made on paper and on the right she is beginning to lay out tiles in actual size.

The mural is progressing on schedule.  Sometime in September it will be installed in downtown Plattsburgh, and will be approximately 12 feet in diameter.

Also coming this September will be a baby boy to our daughter Emily, making Sue and I grandparents.  Of course everyone is thrilled.

I’ve been busy doing renovation work.  Every year as every homeowner knows there is work to be done to buildings and grounds.  We mostly do our own, except for circuit breakers, roof work and anything dangerous.  We’ve been talking some annoying trees and making the property easier to maintain.

In between doing that I’ve been working on creating silk scarves for the gallery and I am very pleased with that work.

Adirondack Painting by Terrance D Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY  Here’s a fake painting photo we took for a Craft Trail map we are advertising in.  We could have three photos and we thought one action shot like this would be good.The painting I took off our gallery wall, it is of Marcy Dam in the high peaks, but we set up the easel at a parking area with Jay mountain behind us.

It’ll work though.

Birthday, clay delivery, new bridge, pottery and tile mural work

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack Mountains

We had a wonderful family birthday party for Sue.  CJ made the very tall cake and it is delicious, we froze most of it, we’ll be having birthday cake into the summer now.

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack Mountains

We needed that cake when we moved two tons of clay into the studio.

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack Mountains

They are replacing the bridge that crosses the Au Sable in Wilmington.  There is a barge in the icy river with heavy equipment and there are giant cranes, lots of noise and hardworking people about……wonderful to watch.

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack Mountains

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack MountainsSue is doing a mural in conjunction with a Tibetan Festival that will occur in Plattsburgh.  She’s been asked to create a Mandela tile mural on the side of a Thai Restaurant downtown.  This is just a paste up to show what it will look like.  Sue will having a series of Tile Workshops for the community to participate in and make the tiles to her design, more to come.

The picture on the right are some of the press molds Sue has made for this project.

 

 

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Some of the new work from Sue above.

One day I was on Google Earth and I was at the Petra Caves in Jordan when Sue walked by my computer and I happen to have this image up on my screen.

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack Mountains

Sue loved the color and appearance of the layers of stone.  So she created the pot you see below.

Eating Art, Young's Studio & Gallery, living as artists in the Adirondack Mountains

The Petra Pot by Sue Young.