Future Relics Pottery

Lori Buff is an Atlanta artist creating unique functional and sculptural pottery using a variety of local clays. Most of her art is created on the potter’s wheel; some pieces are then altered. Sculptural works are fired using alternative techniques such as raku, salt, and naked raku.
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So often we think of Asian food being something that is stir fried in a wok or maybe some spicy curry.  The foods that have deep, rich, complex flavors that warm the heart and the belly.  Asian salads are not the first thing that come to mind for me.  This nice, light salad may change that thought.  It’s full of flavor but it’s a light and delicious flavor.  Plus it’s quick and easy to make.  You may wish to experiment with different vegetables or proteins.  I made this with shrimp but tofu would work well too.

Salad with Rice Noodles by Future Relics Pottery
Rice Noodle Salad


For The Dressing 

Juice from 1 large lime
2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
2 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
½ cup water
1 small red chile, minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

For The salad 

 8 ounces thin rice noodles
1 large carrot or zucchini, peeled and cut into matchsticks
Half a cucumber, thinly sliced
8 to 12 ounces cooked shrimp or tofu (optional)
A handful of fresh mint, cilantro, or Thai basil, or a combination, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped


Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing in a small lipped bowl. Set aside.

To make the salad, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes or per package directions. Drain in a colander and immediately rinse the noodles very well with cold water. Shake the colander to remove excess water, then spread the noodles out on a clean towel to cool.
Divide the noodles into bowls. Top each with carrots, cucumbers, tofu and nuts. Strew the herbs over the tops of the salads. Drizzle the dressing onto the salad.  Enjoy.

Makes about 4 servings.

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28th Annual National Juried CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibition
Barrett Art Center Galleries, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Juror:  Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Notification of Acceptance:  by Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Accepted Work Delivered to Barrett Art Center:   September 10 - 17, 2014
Exhibition Dates: September 27—November 8, 2014 
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 27,   4 pm - 7 pm
ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER:   New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres.  The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830’s Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.
ABOUT OUR JUROR:  Barrett is pleased to have Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as our juror for New Directions ’14.  Ms. Warren has organized over 25 solo exhibitions of artists at MCA ranging from Robert Heinecken: Photographist of 1999 and 2004’s Dan Peterman: Plastic Economies to Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character of 2011. Major exhibitions includeAlexander Calder: Form, Balance, Joy of 2010, the H.C. Westermann exhibition and catalogue raisonné projects of 2001, both of which traveled nationally, and the Art in Chicago, 1945-1995 exhibition of 1996 which produced the first comprehensive book tracing Chicago’s unique art history including community-based and time arts. More recently she was the curator-in-charge for the MCA presentations of  Paul Sietsema and Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes (2013); Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure (2008) and organized the exhibition Everything’s Here in conjunction with MCA’s Jeff Koons, also 2008, which presented those Chicago-based artists Koons had admired and been influenced by.  She has also realized numerous smaller exhibitions including many in the MCA’s  12 x 12: New Artists/New Works series of emerging Chicago artists between 2001 and 2010, and the  on-going “MCA DNA” series which explores the strengths of the MCA Collection, such as the current “MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol” exhibition. 
Warren’s publications are wide-ranging and numerous, including over 35 exhibition catalogues published by the MCA and such publishers as Harry N. Abrams and Thames and Hudson. Most recently she has focused on Chicago scholarship in writings for the catalogue for the inaugural exhibition Re: Chicago at the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010) and for the catalogue for the Chicago Imagistsexhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin.
AWARDS and PUBLICITY for New Directions ‘14:  A gallery of all selected works will be displayed on the Barrett Art Center website after the opening.  Prizes are announced at the opening reception;  three cash prizes (amounts to be determined based on entries) and two honorary awards are selected by the juror.  Each selected artist who attends the opening reception will be given a brief opportunity to talk about his or her work.  In addition to our website, The NEW DIRECTIONS ’14 exhibit is publicized via the Barrett Art Center eNewsletter and in regional press releases and social networking sites on the Internet.  
Open to all artists residing in the United States and age 18 or older. 
Visual media eligible for entry in New Directions ’14:  Drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation art, glass, ceramics, fiber and mixed media. 
Media NOT eligible are video/film, performance art, or wearable art (clothing or jewelry). 
Details regarding 2-Dimensional Work:  2-Dimen-sional work cannot exceed 40 inches along any side, including the frame, if applicable.   Work accepted for exhibition must be ready to hang and include all necessary hardware (no saw tooth hangers, please).  Framed work must use plastic or Plexiglass;  frames with glass will NOT be accepted for hanging.  
Details regarding 3-Dimensional Work:  Installation art, sculpture and other 3-Dimensional works must fit within a parameter of 60 in. high by 30 in. wide x 24 in. deep.  Work cannot be hung or installed from ceiling.  Gallery has limited pedestals for use; accepted artist may need to provide pedestal for mounting accepted work.  
All work submitted must be original in design, concept and media. Submitted work must have been completed within the last three years.  Student projects are ineligible.  Work previously exhibited in a previous New Directions or other past Barrett Art Center exhibits is not eligible. 
SUBMITTING ENTRIES:  Deadline for submission:  Thursday, July 31, 2014 (midnight Mountain Time).
Submission of entries and the jurying process is conducted by CaFÉ, an easy-to-use online system, www.callforentry.org.  Payment of entry fees is conducted via the CaFÉ site linked to PayPal; personal checks are also accepted via CaFÉ.  Information on uploading images, artist information, and submitting an artist statement and biographical information is provided during the submission process at CaFÉ.  There is no additional cost to the artist (other than submission fees to a specific Call for Entry) to register and submit through CaFÉ.  The artist creates a unique login access which allows complete access to numerous open calls from any internet-connected computer.  
Please visit http://ift.tt/1hZhMeT to view more details about the submission process, open a free artist account at CaFE, and complete the submission process to NEW DIRECTIONS ‘14.
Entrants can apply to the New Directions Call for Entry at:

ENTRY FEE for NEW DIRECTIONS ‘14:  Fees for submission are as follows: 
For members of Barrett Art Center, entry fee is $40 for up to three works.  [Members please call BAC for a coupon code to execute member entry discount, Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, 845-471-2550.] 
For non-members of BAC, the entry fee is $50 for up to three works.
IMAGES:  Artists may submit two images for each work, one full view showing entire image, plus one detail view of a small portion of the work (detail view is optional for 2-D work).  For sculptural, installation or three-dimensional work, artists MUST submit two views of each work (showing work from two vantage points).  Each entrant can submit no more than six images per entry.  
SALES:  Barrett Art Center will retain a commission fee for sales conducted during the exhibit and while work is housed at Barrett Art Center for New Directions ’14;  sales commission of 25% will apply to Barrett members, sales commission of 40% will apply to non-members.  Non-members are encouraged to sign up for membership to take advantage of commission rates and other membership benefits; please visit http://ift.tt/1kG6s7v to become a member.   
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE:  All applicants will be notified of the juror’s decision via email through the CaFÉ system by Wednesday, August 20, 2014. 
DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORKS:  Accepted work must be received (via shipment or personal delivery) by Barrett Art Center between Wednesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 17.  (Detailed instructions for shipping/return shipping/insurance/personal delivery/etc. will be emailed to all accepted artists directly from Barrett Art Center after notification of acceptance in the exhibition.)  

QUESTIONS:  For more information, contact Deborah Bein at the Barrett Art Center by email:   info@barrettartcenter.org, or call (845) 471-2550.  Visit our website:  http://ift.tt/1kG6qwd

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Yesterday’s blog post was about how to facet a pot.  If you didn’t read it yet you can find it by clicking  here.  Go do that now, I’ll wait right here.  When you get back we’ll learn how to make a double facet.

Making a double facet is similar to making a single facet, you just have more opportunities to cut through your wall.  Wheee!

You’d do everything the same as when making the single faceted pot but before you start cutting with your faceting tool you’ll make a light line in the middle of the pot.  Make the line while the wheel is spinning so the line is completely around the pot.  Now when you make your first cut you’ll bring the tool just down to that line then stop and cut off your piece.  I like to bring the tool over to the side a little bit so that the textured lines meet at an angle, but that’s just personal preference. Do this around the entire top half of the piece.

Faceting the Top Half

Next move the piece so that one of the corners of the upper facet is facing you.  Insert the wire of the tool into the clay just under this point.  Again, cut straight down very carefully.  When you get to the bottom you can either make another angle cut or cut straight down.  It’s an aesthetic choice, try both and see which look you like best.  I like cutting at an angle and leaving some clay if I’m going to be glazing the piece with a runny glaze.  The lip will help catch the glaze.

Starting the Second Facet Layer
Do this around the entire mug, or just part of it.  That might be a fun look too.  Play and see what you discover.
Ceramic mug, double facets by Future Relics Pottery
Double Faceted Mug
If you’d like a one on one demonstration and lesson on how to do this or many other pottery techniques you can schedule a Helpout with me.  The first lesson is free so why not give it a try.

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Do you remember last winter when I was at Penland School of Crafts doing a wood firing.  As we linger in the dog days of summer it’s fun to think about how cold it was there in January.  Now my parka hangs in a closet waiting to be worn again.  The winter residency there is pretty cool in ways that are not just temperature related.  Less people are in the studio and the atmosphere is relaxed and easy.  That doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn anything.  Besides all the fun of figuring out how best to load and fire the wood kiln and Julia, the salt and soda kiln, I also learned how to make pots with variegated clay from Michael Kline and with faceting from Marsha Owen.  Both are great people, potters, and teachers.

I made a few espresso mugs for practice while I was up there but then started playing with the technique Marsha showed me in earnest when I got home.  I’ve used this technique on several pieces but just recently posted a couple faceted mugs on Etsy.

Handmade Faceted Pottery Mug by Lori Buff
Faceted Mug
The first thing you need to do is wedge up more clay than you would normally need for the size piece you want.  You’ll be cutting away the extra clay so about half again as much is a good rule.  Start throwing the cylinder but resist all urges to make it thin.  You want the walls nice and thick for this process.  Use a metal rib to make sure they are straight, clean, and vertical.  Then compress the rim of the piece with a little taper where the highest point is on the outside of the piece.  Now is also the best time to make the cut for your foot.  You can add more of a foot later but you defiantly want to get a good cut into the bottom of the piece and remove that extra clay before you start your cuts.

Stop the wheel and make faint marks in the rim describing where you’re going to make your cuts.  You can simply touch the rim with a taught cut off wire or pin tool for this step.

I made a tool for faceting because I found myself cutting into the pot when I just tried using a cut off wire.  I made the tool with an old guitar string and a cheese slicer.  The guitar string gives the cuts some texture which I really like but I have to tighten the wire on occasion.  I think I need a thicker wire.
Tool for Faceting Ceramics by Future Relics Gallery
Faceting Tool

To make the single facet you would carefully cut straight down from the rim of the piece to the foot then pull the extra clay away. You’ll want to start the cut about half the thickness of the width of the cylinder wall and keep your hand really steady.  After you make the first cut turn the wheel so the next section that you marked off is in front of you and cut again, the same way.  For some reason I rarely cut through into the pot until the last cut.  I guess I just have too much time on my hands.  Anyway, don’t be discouraged, it happens, just wedge up the clay and try again.

If you don’t cut through the pot then take your chamois and go around the rim while spinning the wheel slowly, this will clean up that cut edge nicely and accentuate the curves.

The next post will be about how to make a double facet.  Stay tuned.

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This past weekend we took a trip down to the Scott Antique Market.  I haven’t been in several years so I was happy to go look around.  Some antiques are just really fascinating to me.  I often find myself thinking about things like “who owned this piece?”or “who made that piece?”  It’s all fun and fantasy for my mind.  Of course I’m getting to an age where I see items that I used or played with as a kid on the shelves, often for more money than they originally cost.

Many of the vendors had antique pottery which I always find interesting.  I find beauty in simple forms and many of these pots were made to serve a function.  They were vessels to hold something and that is it.  But when you really look at the piece you realize that it’s got a lot of beauty.  I imagine the potter that made them thinking about that form and appreciating it.

This one looks a lot like my kitchen crock, it’s just larger and cost about $100 more than I would have charged for the crock.

This jug was most likely made and fired at Flemington, NJ.  My parents took me to the pottery there when I was quite young.  I still remember the big kiln.

Here’s another beautifully simple form.  I wonder what was made to contain.  I might make a covered jar with this piece as the inspiration.

I wanted to get the writing on this pitcher because I thought it was interesting.  The vessel is just a simple cylinder with a pulled spout and a handle.  So utilitarian and simple but such a nice form.  I suspect a form like this would get overlooked in my Etsy shop or Festival booth.

This nice bottle form had a lot of writing on it.  It was hard to read because it also had several stamps that looked like post marks on it.  I wanted to examine this one longer.

For some reason the potter added a little decoration to this bottle.  It might have been nice to play with glaze a little every now and then.

This pot is far more ornate than the others but I still love it, mostly for it’s carvings and beautiful form.

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Fluted Coffee or Tea Mug by FutureRelicsGallery (25.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1kpKJk7

Double Fluted Mug by FutureRelicsGallery (28.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1kpKLsd

They say broccoli is really good for you because it’s full of calcium, beta carotene, and a host of other vitamins and minerals.  That’s just a bonus, it tastes delicious.  It’s always been one of my favorite vegetables, even when I was a kid.  I remember my great-grandfather (who was born in Sicily) liked to eat his broccoli with a drizzle of olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper.  The man knew how to eat.  I think he would have liked this salad.  I hope you do too.


2 small crowns broccoli, chopped into florets
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup plain whole milk yogurt
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons honey
1 pinch kosher salt

For the Honey-Toasted Pecans: 

2/3 cup raw pecan halves
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 ½ tablespoons honey
1 pinch kosher salt


To Prepare the Honey Toasted Walnuts: 
Add all ingredients for the walnuts to a small skillet and heat over medium. Cook 5 to 8 minutes until mixture is very bubbly and pecans have caramelized.  Set aside and allow to cool. Chop the pecans when cool enough to handle.

To Prepare the Broccoli Salad: 

Chop the broccoli crowns into small florets, and chop the broccoli stems. Add stems and florets to a large serving bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, honey, and salt. Pour this mixture over the broccoli and stir well to coat all of the broccoli with dressing. Add the red onion, blueberries, dried cranberries, and toasted walnuts and toss.

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Fumed Decorative Naked Raku Vase by FutureRelicsGallery (70.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1jvl6n9