For hundreds of years indigenous people of North America have been experimenting with clay, utilizing its substance, for beauty and function. Coming from such a background I have been combing the ideals, of passion, apprenticeship and patience in creating hand built decorative pottery. The method is antiquated, laborious and rewarding, resulting in pottery that are unique in their own special way. The coiling method of pottery is what I choose, without the use of a modern day potters wheel, I am able to make pots that are light in weight yet captures the concept of symmetry and form. Each pot is hand burnished giving the surface a smooth finish allowing the paint to flow effortlessly across the surface. Patterns and designs are as limitless as the human imagination, spanning the globe each culture can be represented through their own unique patterns and designs. Inspired by these patterns from various cultures, in conjunction with my own Native American background, I hand paint each piece free hand using no stencils , orchestrating inspired patterns across the surface, hoping to capture something fresh and innovative. The isolated moments of the hand painting process are a revelation of beauty and design giving each piece its own individuality. Exposure to extreme violent forces of fire, are the final ingredient that results in pottery that will be an everlasting work of art.

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Fullerton, CA, United States
I am a Native American from the Navajo and Pueblo of Isleta people from New Mexico. I currently reside in Fullerton CA and I am freelance artist I practice in the mediums of Ceramics, painting, drawing and music. However i am most proficient in ceramics and pottery making.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

The Muckenthaler window at John Wayne Airport

Dec 2012 - March 2013

Amongst all the hustle and bustle of terminal C at the John Wayne Airport, there is this long corridor where random weary and heart filled travelers jockey from one terminal to the next. Along the newly contemporary glass filled corridor sits on one side a handsome row of freshly installed exhibition cases.  These impressive glass cases that rise from the floor up to the ceiling is where the Muckenthaler has an exciting exhibit showcasing all the programs, exhibitions, memorabilia and fact filled information about the cultural center. 

There is an impressive display of art work supporting the culturally enriched program that the Muckenthaler has to offer.  Classes in book making, quilting, photography, performing arts and one of the centers stronger programs the ceramics program are well represented.  

Within this well put together and curated exhibit sits two of my hand built, hand coiled and hand painted vases.  It brings back vivid memories of a group exhibition and the excitement and prestige of my previous showing at the John Wayne Airport back in 2007 with the O.C. Contemporary Ceramics Exhibit.  Although that exhibit was displayed in a passenger only area of the airport, this exhibit is open for the general public for all to see.  Hopefully the cornucopia of travelers going to and from from all points and destinations from around the world, will take the time to check out the exhibit and support the center and its all accommodating enriching programs. 

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