on the farm
The mornings are crisp – the afternoon sun still warms the bees searching for those fall blooms tucking away as much nectar as possible. Our hives did very well this summer producing around 220 lbs. You can get your very own jar of meadow & garden honey at our ANNUAL FALL SALE on November 15 and 16.
We have been working as busy as the bees in the studio and on the farm. We would like to invite you to celebrate with us our 17TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND ANNUAL FALL SALE on November 15 and 16 from 10 – 6 CST.
Ry has been building new garden beds for next year, a raspberry patch and has cover crops growing well. He has investigated the Daikon radish as a natural soil plow and nutrient builder. He will share with you some of his research during the ANNUAL FALL SALE .
Lu has been drying herbs and plants all summer and into the fall for wintery days of hot teas and soups. He has been investigating permaculture techniques and the idea of niche plantings. He is also exploring French cooking. I believe he is making cream puffs for the ANNUAL FALL SALE.
Wood is split and stacked – firing kilns has commenced in anticipation for the ANNUAL FALL SALE . Jon has been firing and working on new bowl shapes and mugs. He has a couple new glazes that are stunning with the wood firing process.
Andrea has a new series of prints using Queen Anne’s Lace, phragmites and wild lettuce plants and others as the actual print “block”. Printed on her own paper, they are gorgeous and intense – a must see in person. They will be on display during the ANNUAL FALL SALE.
below next year’s corn fiber and black walnut husks for dye
ON THE FARM
Everything is in bloom as you can see the fleabane, hollyhocks, and milkweed are open for business. All of these nectars will end up in our honey.
Milk is coming in we get a
gallon of milk everyday and
making cheese about every 2/3 days we have made
Chevre, Mozzarella, and are working on a French Brie.
Chevre is a very easy cheese to make and we freeze it for the winter.
Jon has rebuilt our bread/pizza oven and has gotten a couple requests to build ovens for others.
Classes are happening a couple spots left in July 12 pocket book class, July 18 &/or 19 suminagashi on handmade papers and paste papers, July 26 stenciled papers see website for all July course details.
Andrea has also received an Indiana Arts Commission grant. She is looking and exploring
natural bogs and woodland focusing on root and tree trunks as they hold fast to the precarious wet and sandy dunes – recording inspiration writings and drawings coming back into the studio to create images with paper fiber and printmaking. The pieces will be a 4’ x 6’.
Jon received an Indiana Arts Commission grant allowing him to study and create sustainable wood and vegetable waste oil firing techniques. He is working on a drip system specific to his kiln. These lovely pieces are from current firing. He is working on new sculpture and designing new teapots.
ON THE FARM
Lu 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.
CLASSES at Hook Pottery Paper
spring classes went well – these two guys had a blast
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.
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.
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, ……………..
Alicia Bailey, abecedariangallery.com, 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