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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Are you on Instagram?  I am, I actually have had a profile on it for a long time but I never remembered to look at it or post pictures too much.  Essentially I just didn’t get it.  Then a few months ago a friend reminded me about it and how much fun she was having with it so I thought I’d give it another try.  This time I’m really having fun with it.

I don’t really post very many pictures but I do spend time looking at pictures that other people post.  naturally I follow many potters and other artists but my favorite non-artist is the usinterior.  They post the most beautiful pictures.  It’s impossible for me to decide which is the best one to show you so I’ll give you a few examples.


Yellowstone and Milkyway
I could actually post images from them all day but you can just go to instagram and follow them yourself.  While you’re at it, you could follow me too, just search for FutureRelicsGallery.  Let me know what your user name is and I’ll follow you back.

Who do you enjoy following on instagram?

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We all know that it’s helpful to have goals and then to take steps towards achieving them.  Back in January I joked about not really making a New Years resolution to keep up with my Etsy shop.  I did, at that time set out to do better with Etsy and increase my sales.  I’ve worked at it at a pace that felt comfortable for me.  I know I could do better, post lots more pieces and do all the other million little tasks that I am told I should do.  But I have to work at my pace so the offerings are more but not nearly the 100 that it should be.  I’ve interacted a bit more, visiting the forums and creating treasuries.  I enjoy making them, they are fun and I get to see other people’s work that I might not have normally seen.

Now I am almost there.  The last piece that sold on Etsy brought me into a tie with the most I’ve ever sold in one year.  And it’s only July!  Okay, it’s the end of July but I do hope to sell some more pieces before the year is finished.  That will mean that I achieved the goal of exceeding my previous sales years.  That feels pretty good.
new Etsy.Mini(5568781,’gallery’,3,3,0,’https://www.etsy.com’); The bad news is that I’m a little lower on the cash side of things.  It seems I’m selling more items but lower cost items.  When I look at my shop it’s easy to see why, the majority of my pieces are the less expensive ones.  Well, that’s easy to fix.

The other thing I noticed is that most of my customers from Etsy are new.  This is a little strange to me since I have so many repeat customers (collectors?) here in Atlanta.  These are people that come to shows, festivals and shops and look for me.  These are the people that write or call and request a special item.  I wonder if people are getting lost in the volume that is Etsy so I created a coupon that gives a little discount to customers who come back and purchase from me again.  It feels like a nice way of saying “Thanks.”

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Horse Hair Raku Pottery Vase by FutureRelicsGallery (50.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1mVKnlb

French Butter Keeper by FutureRelicsGallery (35.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1AqySMU

This is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make.  That’s perfect for a Monday, or any other week night.  Gnocchi are a pasta that is typically made from potatoes but it also has flour in it so you’ll want to look for a gnocchi that is gluten free or make your own if that is a concern in your diet.  Being a pasta made from potatoes it’s really a perfect comfort food.

The recipe is so easy you may even have time and energy to make some Crip Rosemary Flatbread to go with it.

Gnocchi in Brown Butter with Spinach and Pine Nuts by Future Relics Pottery
Gnocchi in Brown Butter with Spinach and Pine Nuts

  • 1 pound of gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 ounces of fresh spinach, washed and torn
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook gnocchi according to package or recipe directions, drain.

Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts to pan; cook 3 minutes or until butter and nuts are lightly browned, stirring constantly. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add gnocchi and spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Sheltered, an art benefit for animals at risk in our communities, is seeking artists for a curated exhibition to be presented at Davis Arts Center, Davis, CA.

The five-week show is open to all residents of the US, 18 years and older. The theme of the show is “shelter.” Artists are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly from their own unique perspective. All art mediums will be considered (painting, drawing, photography, multimedia, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, etc.) Works can be abstract, symbolic, realistic, representational, pastoral, urbanesque, minimalist. We want to see your vision! A percentage of net sales (artists can choose from 50% to 100%) will be donated to national and local  nonprofit animal welfare agencies selected by organizers as Beneficiaries.
Entry Deadline: ongoing until July 31, 2014
Event Dates: 10/10/14-11/15/14
Opening Reception: 10/10/14
Submissions Manager Portal: CLICK HEREWe’re using Submittable, a simple, secure platform as our submission manager. This makes it easier to keep track of all the submissions. There is no fee to enter. If you need to, you may also submit through email to shelteredartshow@gmail.com.
Sheltered seeks to raise awareness of the staggering number of homeless animals who will never find shelter. In addition to the art show, lectures, workshops, clinics, and other outreach activities are planned. The events coincide with Adopt a Shelter Dog and Adopt a Senior Pet months. The opening show and reception will be included in the 2nd Friday ArtAbout in Davis.
The Exhibition will be curated by Philadelphia-based artist and professor Ryann Casey.
Davis Arts Center
1919 F Street
Davis, CA  95616
SUBMISSIONS:Artists are invited to submit images, audio, or video* of up to six (6) separate works of art for preliminary review. Submission may be the actual work you are proposing or a sample of your work.  Please Note: acceptance of artist and/or work based on electronic images is contingent on the artistic integrity of the finished piece and how it relates to theme of the exhibit.
Due to space restrictions, artwork may not exceed 48″ overall height nor weigh more than 25 pounds (unless artist is local and can hang/install).
*Limited infrastructure for video and audio installations.
The artwork exhibited in Sheltered will help raise awareness of homeless animals and raise funds for specific non-profit animal rescues.  On submission, you will be asked an approximate selling price for your pieces of art.  Keep in mind that we want your artwork to sell and price accordingly.
The date shipped work and hand delivered work needs to arrive at the Davis Arts Center will be announced in 2014. Artists are responsible for all delivery costs.
All exhibited work should be self-insured by the artist during shipping and delivery.
By submitting work to Sheltered, the Artists confirm they have read and agreed to the following conditions: Permission is granted to Sheltered and  Davis Arts Center to use images of artwork accepted into the exhibition for publicity purposes. One or more images of artwork may be chosen for the cover design of invitation and other materials associated with the benefit show. Artists agree to allow reproduction of their digital files and/or photographs taken of their art for educational, publicity, and archival purposes. The Artist agrees to release and discharge representative of Sheltered and Davis Arts Center from any and all claims occasioned by loss or damage of  work while in the possession of Davis Arts Center or in transit.
SALE OF ART:Davis Arts Center processes all sales and retains 20% of revenue collected during art benefit to cover use of building, staffing, and administrative costs.
Artist agrees to donate a percentage of net sales (50% to 100%), which will be donated to selected animal welfare nonprofit agencies to be announced in December 2013.  Work will be available for viewing at Davis Arts Center and online at shelteredartshow.org.
Sold works will remain in show until closing.  Artists can choose to participate and set minimum bid for a Buy-or-Bid Silent Auction, to be held Nov. 15, 2014. It is the responsibility of Artists to pick up unsold work. Shipping of unsold art will be professionally packaged and shipped by a packing company. Artists are responsible for all packing and shipping fees. If artists do not wish to pay for shipping of unsold artwork, Sheltered will donate work to area shelters for display in those facilities.
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Sometimes you have to take your work to new dimensions.  I’ve been playing around with the mugs that I do with imagery on them.  The idea was that they would be reminiscent of tattoos.  I even leave some unglazed surface around the pictures, which makes me think about the variance between the body with and without adornment.

Pottery mug with dragon by Future Relics Gallery
Dragon Mug in Relief

Now I’m taking those pieces to a new level; a raised and carved surface.  I still created the lines using mishima and I’ll paint the dragons and luna moths with underglazes.  I’ll do a clear coat of glaze over that then add colored glazes on the reset of the body of the mug.  I think that’s what I’ll do anyway.  Sometimes these things change plans on me and I just have to go with it.

Ceramic Luna Moth Mug by Future Relics Gallery
Luna Moth Mug with Relief

What do you think?

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I came across this poem by Marge Piercy a while ago.  I may no longer be young but it still holds some good thoughts and feelings. I think the flavor of it may be true for all artists. What do you think.  Enjoy.

Talent is what they say
you have after the novel
is published and favorably
reviewed. Beforehand what
you have is a tedious
delusion, a hobby like knitting.

Work is what you have done
after the play is produced
and the audience claps.
Before that friends keep asking
when you are planning to go
out and get a job.

Genius is what they know you
had after the third volume
of remarkable poems. Earlier
they accuse you of withdrawing,
ask why you don’t have a baby,
call you a bum.

The reason people want M.F.A.’s,
take workshops with fancy names
when all you can really
learn is a few techniques,
typing instructions and some-
body else’s mannerisms

is that every artist lacks
a license to hang on the wall
like your optician, your vet
proving you may be a clumsy sadist
whose fillings fall into the stew
but you’re certified a dentist.

The real writer is one
who really writes. Talent
is an invention like phlogiston
after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure. You have to
like it better than being loved.

Horse hair raku covered jar by Future Relics Gallery
Horse Hair Raku Lidded Jar

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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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