WORKSHOP: CLARENCE CRUZ
Mon-Thurs, July 24-27th
Mon-Weds: 9am-noon, 1pm-4pm
A Space Studio Art Gallery, 110 W 7th St, Silver City, NM 88061
10 participant maximum
This workshop by Clarence Cruz will focus on hand building by coil method using traditional Micaeous (Mica) clay to create functional ware. Each student will receive 25 lbs of Mica clay dug from the earth by Clarence Cruz at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.
As a Traditional potter, we give thanks to Mother Earth for the materials she provides, and to 'Pin Kwiyo' Clay Woman for the clay, which we will create 'Our Children' with her guidance.
When we go to the clay pit, we state our intentions to 'Pin Kwiyo' Clay Woman. “With your respect, 'Pin Kwiyo,' I come before you with prayers, an offering of nourishment and ask for guidance on my journey with the 'Pin' Clay, I’ve come to harvest today.”
This is always done before one gathers and takes, no matter what it maybe. When one lays their hands on the clay when gathering at that very moment, “You become the guardian, the Parent of the clay, 'The Children.'” Your journey has begun.
Your journey home with 'Pin Kwiyo' is like taking your newborn home from the place she or he was born at. This place becomes home for 'Pin Kwiyo,' she is born through the preparation of washing and cleaning, just like your child is when she or he is born.
Before one starts to build, as a traditional potter we always give a breath of life to 'Pin Kwiyo,' your spirit, by blowing your air onto her each time we grab clay to build.
We see the creation process with clay like the growth of your own children, and the physical changes and characteristics that sets us apart from one another. This is seen in the finishing of the pottery one creates, through the sanding, slipping, and polishing. The birth of 'Your Child' comes through the final stage, the firing. Just line your child at birth, through that 'Ring of Fire.'
Clarence Cruz will also be giving a lecture / live pit-firing demonstration titled Emergence on Thursday, July 27th at 9am-noon.