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TRADITIONAL HOPI
POTTERY WORKSHOP

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Instructor: White Swann

Tuition: $665, Materials Fee $50

Beginning to advanced.
Class limited to 12 participants
Our Instructor | Schedule | Lodging
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What are the Differences & Similarities Between
Our Two Traditional Pueblo Pottery Classes?

 

Image: White Swann, Dolly Navasie, Traditional Hopi Pottery, Native American pottery making, traditional


The Class

      We will be making 2 small pots in this class. They will be Buff, polished in the ancient coil and scrape method of the Hopi tradition. The paints used will be bee balm and minerals.

      The paints are from several natural sources: the black color comes from a plant, Beeweed that is boiled for several days until it reduces to a thick paste which is then dried and stored in little cakes called Guaco. The other colors are from red minerals and rocks which are ground into usable paints. The intricate designs are painted free hand using a yucca leaf brush. After a careful drying period, the pots are fired in the open air out on the Mesa, using sheep dung as the fuel.

Hopi Pottery is Polychrome, with three or more colors on a polished beige background. Designs are usually of eagles, parrots, roadrunners, migration patterns, eagle tail, kiva designs, rain clouds, lightening, water waves, and other life generating symbols such as corn.

There will also be an excellent museum tour on Friday.

  • Paint ancient designs with yucca brush
  • Traditional sheep-dung open air firing
  • Hand-formed native clay
  • Traditional vegetal and mineral paints
      We will be working in Taos. You will be taking home two beautiful pots!
Please feel free to call us about this workshop.
We love to chat about our classes.

Schedule

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Arrive

Clay

Form

Museums

Paint

Burnish

Fire

View a National Geographic Article: Pueblo Pottery, 1982

LODGING:
Students are invited to stay together with your teacher at THE KACHINA LODGE here in Taos. This includes a full breakfast every morning with your group before class. There will also be a meet-and-greet with wine and cheese with your teacher Sunday at 6 PM.
Call for special group rates: Prices starting at $79/night
(575) 758-2275 - http://kachinalodge.com/
6 nights lodging. Check-in Sun. PM, check-out Sat. AM.

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Our Instructor

White Swan has won numerous awards throughout the Southwest, including the award for excellence at the 2001 ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM.

White Swan is a renowned Hopi Potter of the Water Clan who grew up in the Antelope Mesa area of the Hopi Reservation. She learned the art of pottery making at an early age by watching her Mother, Fawn Navasie. She adheres deeply to the tradition of her grandmothers, insisting on every one of the time honored steps necessary in the creation of this beautiful art. Her clay is hand dug and then processed only during the warm months of the year.

White Swann (Dollie Navasie), is the daughter of the renowned Hopi potter Eunice "Fawn" Navasie. She is also sister to Dawn "Little Fawn" Navasie, who now goes by "Fawn" since her mother's passing. Her Hopi name, by which she is widely known in the art world, is White Swann.

Having grown up in the Antelope Mesa area of the Hopi reservation, near Keams Canyon, Dollie learned the art of pottery making at an early age. She watched her mother and was allowed to play in the clay, making her first crude pots as a toddler.

See some more of White Swann's work
and Gallery Representation

Image: White Swann, Dolly Navasie, Traditional Hopi Pottery
Image: White Swann, Dolly Navasie, Traditional Hopi Pottery

Image: Hopi Maiden and Matron by Edward Curtis, c1890
Hopi Maiden, Photo by Edward Curtis, c1890
Image: Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery, White Swan, pueblo, hopi
Books That Mention
White Swann:
  • Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery, by Rick Dillingham,
    ISBN-10:
    0826314996
  • Art of the Hopi, by Jerry D. Jacka,
    ISBN-10:
    087358628X
  • Hopi-Tewa Pottery 500 Artist Biographies, by Gregory Schaaf, ISBN-10: 0966694805

.Image: Hopi Tewa Pottery, White Swan, pottery making, pueblo, hopi

Image: Art of the Hopi, White Swann

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