Welcome to Spotted, our weekly must-see list from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. This week we begin with the work of Native American potter Susan Folwell.
Featured image: Susan Folwell, Lizards and Roses Bowl, 8.75 x 3 inches
We’ve Spotted Susan Folwell’s Small Works Winter Show at King Galleries in Santa Fe (December 15, 2017). Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery. Her work is native clay and inspired by traditional designs, but she is constantly experimenting with techniques and clays.
“My Earliest recollection I can think of is that my mother gave me a ball of clay. I decided I wanted to make a snake. It was a long flat tube. She said if you want people to be interested in it, it has to have some character. I said I thought it had enough character. She said no, so she bent the tube and made it into an “S” and she pinched the nose. I cried for like an hour, as she pinched the nose and I thought it was now a worm, she swore it was still a snake. End the end I was thrilled because it sold for $2. I was hooked after that.”
You can read an interview with Folwell here.
We Spotted this ceramic plate by Liliana Porter in How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney at MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House (September 09, 2017 – January 14, 2018).
This is an exploration of Disney’s engagement with Latin American imagery and the ways in which Latin American artists responded to, played with, reappropriated, and misappropriated Disney’s iconography.
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