Thursday Mar 21, 2013
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A presentation by Pam Lujan-Hauer, award-winning traditional and contemporary potter from the Taos Pueblo.
Pam will demonstrate her art and tell the story of Pueblo Indian pottery, from the history of clay as an art form and the origins of the earliest pottery, to the threats to traditional pottery. The presentation includes displays of raw materials and finished pieces, and slide show. Questions and discussion are welcomed as she encourages interaction from the audience.
Pam Lujan-Hauer studied pottery making at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts in the ‘70s. She was originally inspired and taught from childhood by her great-aunts, Josephine Ortiz and Anita Lujan, both highly regarded traditional Pueblo potters. All of her pieces are coil built from clays that she digs and processes herself. Her traditional pottery is made from Taos micaceous clay, which contains mica chips and is native to northern New Mexico. Her contemporary pottery is made from a variety of native clays, all of which are hand gathered and processed according to native tradition.
Carrying on the tradition of her great-aunts, Pam inspires and encourages others through her passion for teaching and demonstrating. Awarded several artist residencies at various New Mexico schools, she has taught pottery courses at the UNM and at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. She conducts numerous workshops throughout New Mexico and Arizona, including annual children’s workshops through the Harwood Art Center and the Maxwell Museum’s summer programs. She also demonstrates her pottery making skills at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, the NM State Fair Indian Village, the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe.
Her work is exhibited and sold at museums, galleries and art shows throughout the country.
Pam Lujan-Hauer is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2011 she received the prestigious Southwestern Association for Indian Arts’ Discovery Fellowship for Traditional Pottery. Her current works, incorporating a silver inlay technique for both jewelry and sculptures, will be available for sale.