Mother Clay: The Pottery of Three Pueblo Women
About the Exhibition
Presenting new artwork by Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), Judy Tafoya (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo), Mother Clay: The Pottery of Three Pueblo Women offers and intimate look at the work of these Pueblo potters from New Mexico. Each of these artists is a renowned potter, recognized for distinctive work of high quality; beyond their accolades, they are also culture bearers. As contemporary Native women artists, they defy expectations and stereotypes. By being and doing, they place Pueblo art and culture in the here and now, creating a connection from their ancestors to their descendants. Mother Clay: The Pottery of Three Pueblo Women presents Pueblo pottery in a context of place, time and culture. Learn how Mother Clay is revealed through three women.
This exhibit is free and open to the public, with a scheduled reception and artist panel on Wednesday, February 1, from 5- 7 PM. All three artists and the guest curator, Tony Chavarria, will be at the opening reception for an artist talk and to answer questions about their work.
This exhibition was curated by Tony Chavarria and developed with the assistance of former Senior Curator of Ceramics, Ron Fuchs II; Patricia Hobbs, Senior Curator of Art; and W&L's Native American and Indigenous Cohort. It was made possible through the generosity and involvement of Dr. Joel Bernstein ’57, who introduced the Museums’ to the three Native American artists.
Above Images: Kathleen Wall, Peaceful Presence, 2022; Judy Tafoya, a traditional earthenware pot from Santa Clara Pueblo, 2022; Judy Naranjo, Jar with Horses, 2022