Monday, November 30, 2009

Native American Pottery Time

Hello everyone, time for my monthly post.  It seems that is about as frequently as I can manage to post.

Big News to report though.  I have been accepted to the Heard Indian Market this year in the category of Pottery.   This is very exciting for me.  I've tried to get into this show several times without success.  This time I submitted in both jewelry and pottery and was accepted for pottery.  Now this is wonderful except for one tiny detail.  I have no pots.  I do have two months before the show, however, so guess what I'll be doing for the next two months.  You guessed it, making Native pots.

I've already been working at it.  The photo to the right is the first of my native pots.  It is unfired in this photo.  The photo shows you the pot from the side, front, and back so you can see the whole thing.  As usual for me this is a small pot he is only 3 inches tall, big for me.  He is a replica in miniature of an urn found in one of the moundbuilder archeological digs.   I would be happy to hear what you think of him.


  1. This is GREAT! I love it! Is he burnished? I like the different colors you used on him too. Its great! Is he a two piece pot? LOVE IT Marsha!

  2. Congrats on making it to the HEARD show. You don't know me, but I am a friend of Adile Garrison's and also a friend of Wallace Nez, a Navajo potter whose place you may have taken. Wallace is no longer doing the Heard show because he is with a rep who has him in art shows throughout the nation and abroad, but no longer as a native american, but as an artist. I am not sure if this is good or bad. Anyway, as someone who has attended the Heard show for many years, I have advice. Talk to everyone who goes near your booth, learn from the artists around you (there will be many famous names), stand up and look interested and don't leave your booth unless you have to. Explain to everyone who will listen, what it is you are doing and why it is important to you and to art as a whole and to Native American culture. Do this, even if the people around you are sitting and knitting and not even looking up. Sorry for the lecture, I don't even know you but know how shy some people can be. Let yourself free of that for a day or two and see how it goes! Amanda

  3. Thank you Manda for your advice it is good advise. I am not one to sit around and ignore people at shows, nor do I leave my booth unless I really need to. I often wonder about the artists that do this. Why did they bother to come to the show? How can they expect to sell their art? With the price of the booth I want to take every opportunity that I possibly can to engage people and to tell them about my art and to get them interested. I'm there to sell not to knit or read a book. As you don't know me you wouldn't know that shy is not something that anyone would describe me as. I'm no wallflower. I'm really hoping for a great show and I'm anxious to meet all the people that come. I hope you will come to the show and have a look. Please introduce yourself and say hi. I hope the new exposure works out well for your friend I believe I know who he is and if he is the one I am thinking of he does wonderful art as well. I have gone to the Heard show for several years and I know a few of the artists. There is lots to be learned and lots of wonderful art to be seen. I thank you for taking the initiative to offer your advice and I hope to see you at the show.