Monthly Archives: July 2016

Walk Around

It’s a quiet Sunday in Jay New York.  Business is open.  We’ve hit a ten year average for July so that is good because the month started off slow.


I started off with a walk around the lake, a couple of kayakers were out there.  I generally like to walk with the intention of making a discovery.  It doesn’t have to be large or important, the thing is to leave yourself open to discovery, you never know where it might lead you.

So today has been a day keeping myself open to ideas.  I like to think that I am a temporary archeologist ready to make a find.

7_31_16_16 What better way than to sit under a tree, comfortably with sketch paper, note paper and my nook.

From this vantage point I can also see if anyone pulls into the gallery, because I’m in the shop today and Sue is glazing a kiln.  I can see our little 3,000 foot complex of gallery, studio and home.  I see the garden in the back and the garden under the road sign.

How about a walk around.


I photo shopped out the buildings across the street on this one, too distracting.  When we put up our first sign 34 years ago there were only trees across the street.  We are selling hammocks again this year so we display one out front.  We keep the large flower containers well groomed and inviting.


The garden in front of the gallery always gets nice comments and especially the water fountains that Sue designs.


The gardens are an endless source of discovery every minute of the day.


We have road signs on each corner of the property as well and under each we have Lilies.


From the east corner looking at the house, studios and gallery.  Our mural is now 26 years old.


On the back stoop is a container of basil, very soon to be pesto in the freezer.


Continuing around the property the back garage door is open.  Here is where the chemicals for all the glazes are kept.  Just pounds and pounds of limestone, silica and the like.


It has been a great campfire season.  But it is very dry right now.  However I’ve been having wonderful evenings back here with poetry and drumming.  Sue’s not a campfire girl so I mostly go into fantasy mode here and lose myself for a couple of hours in verse.


A little utility shed is where I keep my campfire drum.


Then we come to the kiln shed where we do the Raku and pitfire work.


We had to net our tomatoes because the Blue Jays or Chipmunks were pecking at them.


The sweet golden small tomatoes are turning nicely, every day we start with a Bruschetta now.


Our raspberries are sparse this year so we didn’t net them, we’ll share these with the birds.


On the other hand, the blueberries are prolifically crazy this year.  We will have a years supply when all is said and done.


Banana peppers, yum.

OK, no more photos, that was the walk around.  I’d better head back to my chair under the tree, and make some arm chair discoveries,  this was exhausting!

Birthday and studio work

I always pick blueberries either on or around my birthday on the 26th day of July.  This year CJ came with me and we went up Owls Head, nice and early for a full day of picking.  Only they were all dried up like raisins.  There was a lot of berries but being such a dry summer they were tiny, wrinkly and tasted terrible.

Our own bushes at home are very prolific this year and we will achieve our yearly goal of a year long supply of blueberries frozen, blueberry jam and blueberry pies.  But we are able to water them and of course they have the correct soil and tender loving care.

So that was a disappointment.  I didn’t even take any picking blueberry pictures and that really bummed me out after I got home and realized I never released my camera.

So here is my favorite berry picking photo from around 2007.

Birthday Boy  pick blueberries 7/26/2007. photo by Nancie Battaglia
photo by Nancie Battaglia

I was all alone on Jay Mountain picking berries when my friend Nancie shows up shoots this photo and goes on her way along the ridge.  Thanks again Nancie!

And here’s a poem I wrote that day…….

Blueberry Picking on Jay Mountain

I make my living as an artist these days,
but once it was only poetry.
and I made no living.

I decided to make a painting to go
with each poem, that is why the title
of my art always comes to me first.

Sometimes the title is so fulfilling
that the art never gets created.
The pleasure was in the written word.

The satisfaction was in the thought
worked out and brought down
from that level where all the gods play

Where all the poets amuse themselves
spending their time touching all the poetry,
and picking all the blueberries


Ahh……some nice memories on Jay Mountain picking berries.

Anyway….had a great birthday celebration with the family.  Emily and Zane came up and that was such a treat.  Zane is a walking toddler now.
7_29_16_17_29_16_4Emily has her hands full, he’s a powerful 9 1/2 month old, he can reach up to grab the table edge and then lifts himself off the floor like a gymnast.


CJ made the appetizers, grilled pineapple wrapped in bacon, a nice bruschetta, and perfect shrimp in a crispy cup with herbs.

Main course was filet mignon and wonderful light salads and then CJ brought out dessert.
7_29_16_3I didn’t go with cake this year I told CJ to surprise me, so we had strawberry tarts with mini lemon meringue pies and mini chocolate moose pies.  They were all fun and good.


In the studio, Sue is working on Tea Pots.
7_29_16_5Here are two large eggs.  A woman saw Sue’s smaller eggs in her sculpture and asked if she could make her a couple of large ones that she could paint……so here they are waiting for pickup.

Catching up and Eatingart

We two could easily get stressed out this summer, but we’re not.  We’ve talked and listen to one another about our anxieties.  The house renovation took way longer and cost way more, but it was worth it because it came out beautiful and we are renting it now.

Although there was all that in our lives Sue continued to create new pieces of art.

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This raku piece has a stairway up the outside and then on the other side a stair way enters the vessel and goes somewhere?  It’s a curious blend of copper, aqua and white crackle.


Sue recently fired a lot of Raku, here are some of her popular people forms.


The patter of crackle on this piece caught my eye.


I’m thrilled to finally hang some giclee prints of my pencil drawings in the gallery.  On the left is, “Bather and Tree on Johns Brook”, on the right, “A Satisfying Fog”.  Now that I have the play behind me I can concentrate on getting new prints out in the gallery and some new original work as well.

We had a very successful run of the play, it was such a wonderful creative collaboration with very talented and trusted friends.


Here is a rehearsal scene, from left, Martha, Lia and Dennis.

New Gallery Work


We have new weaving’s in the gallery.  When Sue and I opened our gallery 34 years ago we featured weaving because Sue had a loom and we had it set up with warp and we use to weave during the long winters.  But weaving’s were hard to sell, hard to get the money for the time.


These are created by, Whimsy and Tea, a local weaver.  Here they are displayed with Sue’s pottery but we’re going to display them on a rack all on their own.


We personal have a nice collection of local hand weaving, some of our own from years ago and some tapestries as well.


We also have jewelry by Kate Sears as well.  A local woman who creates wonderfully intricate copper designs to hold infused wood.  This is wood that is very punky and rotted, she infuses color into it and vacuum seals it to create a very durable piece of jewelry.


Kate has also designed these Tree of Life pendants, they have been popular.

Summer started very slow after July fourth but then picked up in the last ten days, we are in an average pattern for July now and that feels good after all the hard work we’ve put into getting the gallery ready for the summer.

It finally feels like we’re don’t have to “catch up” any longer

Back to Studio Work

and boy does it feel good.  Especially on a hot day (94 degrees today), because the studio’s stay nice and cool.


I’m binding three books at present, here is the second one.  The third will have the same cover paper, just a different end paper.  This is a coptic binding, BFK Reeves 100% cotton paper, good for printing and watercolor work.  There are 14 signatures of two pieces of paper.



After the book binding I will move on to matting and framing new prints that I have coming along.  I’m very excited about having Giclee printing of my pencil drawings and canvas prints of my paintings.


Sue has some wonderful new work in the gallery for this summer.


Of course Sue is totally swamped with work, here is a pine cone design mug of which she made a couple dozen for an order today.


Next weekend is the studio tour.

Terry, Lia, Martha, Dennis

This the the cast for, “Body Awareness”, by Annie Baker.  It opens tonight at the Recovery Lounge, 946-8315 for reservations.

A comedy, great cast….long haul, glad to be in front of the audience tonight, people will love it!