baby goats and watermarking



ryLu and Ry are implementing a range of gardening/farming techniques based on a wide range of ideas and climate types. Green mulch, cut weeding, clay ball planting, double planting, strategic planting, etc. They watch the weather – they identify insects – they are truly doing “field research”.

Lu has even taken on a new wardrobe connect wildly to the garden. We had two baby goats the last week of April. Ala (boy) and Carte (girl). Ala is pictured climbing on the brush pile.ALA







CLASSES at Hook Pottery Paper
spring classes went well – these two guys had a blast

spring class




JUNE courses still have spaces left

clamshell box making with Mary Uthuppuru and intensive paper making with Andrea Peterson. See website class listings for all info and registration details. Great classes in July and a plant fiber course in early August!



Jon has been creating a new bread/pizza oven and it is almost done. The oven is cement block for height and foundation, woven basket gives interior space, out side is a clay and straw mixture and with a bread oven the chimney is in the front.clay studio

He will also be teaching a class at the Krasl Art Center starting in June. He is spinning more functional ware and is planning a June firing.



Watermarked sheets made of cotton rag (green) couched onto a burgundy crispy abaca.  The studio is filling with summer classes, print projects and artists’ in residence. Andrea will be off to Ox-Bow to teach and a week teaching for Art on the Meadow at Ox-Bow which still has a room. Late this summer she will be teaching at the Morgan Conservatory a class on pigments, chemicals, and pigmentation of a variety of fibers. 

Some of you saw these watermarked beauties at PBI this year. PBI an amazing gathering of old and new friends.





bailey’s paper


On the farm
Spring has arrived – We are grafting fruit and walnut trees, maple sugaring and the turkey hens starting to lay eggs(far left egg). The sand hill cranes have been flying overhead for over a week now.

Ry has set up a 3 solar panel system which is charging all of our gadgets – cellphone, iPad and laptop this system will move down to his barn workshop for lights. The golf cart solar power plant is underway – the battery frame is being pulled out and replaced with a new one and batteries are in waiting and battery cables are being constructed. More next month…………..


Lu is rediscovering the wigwam









classes are now listed you can register online the April paper class is full.
Mary Uthuppuru will be teaching a professional box making class
JUNE 20 – 21 Clamshell box
10am – 2:30pm friday & Saturday $165.00, includes all materials
The clamshell box, also called the solander box, is the most versatile protective enclosure for artwork, books and objects. In this two day workshop, we will construct a sturdy clamshell box using handmade paper and book cloth that not only protects the objects inside but is a great way to present professional work. During the class, ……………..

bailey's paper

bailey’s paper

Alicia Bailey,, has been working on a special artist book project in which she designed the paper and I made it happen.
The paper is now for sale on my website in the paper catalog called Bailey’s paper. It is a 12 x 18 cotton rag, sized and pigmented pink with a yellow flower design pulp stenciled on top OR same but instead of pink base sheet ochre. Both sheets run $8.00 each.

Jon has been working on molds and
new sculptures for an upcoming
spring firing.







spring/summer classes 2014

hiveWe will be dividing our bee hives this spring to create two new hives – it is a tricky process and we could possibly
lose one. Jon is preparing 2 more hive bodies and a super for the meadow.

Ry is in the process of creating a movable solar power plant using a golf cart. He has a cart frame with wheels from a January auction. Stay tuned we will be updating through spring via newsletter. Lu has onions growing and just planted radishes under a hoop frame in the green house. Last week the greenhouse made it to 80 degrees for a couple of days but has been hovering around 55/60.



Class listings are now available

classlisting on our website for all summer register early space is limited. Mary Uthuppuru will be teaching a 2 day clamshell box class and George Liebert is teaching watercolor in the woods. Hand papermaking courses will include an intensive in June or shorter courses through the summer.



There is a stencil fever in the studio. Jon is using colored clay slips to create images on plates and tiles. He is playing with more print methods in the clay studio this spring. In early March Jon will be showing sculpture at the Hot Springs Center for Art in Arkansas. Image on right is a page from a one of his current artists’ book entitled “Orbita”. Jon is currently teaching at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joe, MI and the South Bend Regional Art Museumin South Bend, IN.




Last two months paper studio has been a buzz – had a few visitors, Barbara Hashimoto, Chicago artist, utilizing consumer shredded waste making sheets. Dorothy Graden making new pulp images for new drawings(image on left). Alicia Bailey, Denver book artist, have collaborated on a new paper design for her upcoming artist book. (image center) and currently I am working on a paper for Tim Ely, book artist from Washington state. (image on right).


I will be showing this artists’ book about the decimation of butterfly habitat at Diane Kidd Gallery, Tifflin University in Ohio which is a exhibit on sustainability in March along with a couple other books. I am currently showing some of my animal prints at Michigan Thyme in New Buffalo, MI. I will be at Ox-Bow teaching papermaking studio in early June and an Art on the Meadow course in late June. In late August I will be teaching a pigment and papermaking workshop at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH.