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Hand Painted Micaeous Rabbit Bowl by Bernadette Track & Dawning Pollen Shorty

135.00
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Hand Painted Micaeous Rabbit Bowl by Bernadette Track & Dawning Pollen Shorty

135.00

Taos Pueblo Micaceous clay bowl by Bernadette Track with hand-painted Mimbres Rabbit design by Bernadette’s daughter, Dawning Pollen Shorty. The bowl is traditionally hand-coiled, pit fired and made with local, mica-rich clay .  

Approx: 2 1/4" high x 7 7/8" diameter.

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Taos Pueblo Micaceous clay bowl by Bernadette Track with hand-painted Mimbres Rabbit design by Bernadette’s daughter, Dawning Pollen Shorty. The bowl is traditionally hand-coiled, pit fired and made with local, mica-rich clay .  

Approx: 2 1/4" high x 7 7/8" diameter.

Bernadette Track

Bernadette Track’s training centered on theater and dance, but, like her mother and grandmother before her, the pull of clay has been strong. Her pottery imparts a lesson in persistent striving, curiosity and artistic devotion. Bernadette’s life is filled with love and respect for nature and humanity. Her Native American culture incorporates the rhythms of Earth, Sun and Life. “Pottery is my art. I’m simply giving back what Mother Nature wants,” says Bernadette.

In 1969 Bernadette received a scholarship to Julliard School of Dance in New York City where she studied dance. She stayed in New York through the early 1970s. She also holds a BA in University Studies. When she came back to Taos Pueblo, she elected to live in the traditional part of the pueblo that has no electricity, and the source of water is the river. For years, Bernadette modeled for R.C. Gorman, the famous Taos artist. In 1980 she began making pottery. A well-known local potter and Bernadette’s friend, Mary Witkop, took her to her first clay pit — Bernadette fell in love with clay.She uses traditional pit firing and hand coiling methods. The firing process tones the micaceous clay with a ‘cloud’ of black and grey that colors. Today, Bernadette is one of the most accomplished potters of Taos Pueblo.

Dawning Pollen Shorty

Sometimes whimsical, always beautiful, Dawning Pollen Shorty's micaceous clay creations arise out of her spiritual connection to Earth. A native of Taos Pueblo, Dawning Pollen works in the traditional way of collecting raw material from the land to make the clay, using natural pigments to paint it and cedar wood for traditional outdoor firing.Dawning Pollen Shorty is the daughter of potter Bernadette Track and sculptor Robert Shorty. Her grandfather, Dooley Shorty, was a master jeweler and WWII Code Talker. She attended the Institute of American Indian Art and the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Program. She has thought students both at the University of New Mexico and Taos Middle School . Pollen also Taos offers private workshops, classes and demonstrations. Her goal is to share traditional micaceous pottery and process, thereby sharing her cultural heritage as an indigenous person, woman and artist of Taos Pueblo. Here pottery has won many awards and has been featured in many collections.

The Mimbres

The Mimbres were among the first pottery-making people in the southwest. The culture began around A.D. 200 and is considered one of the precursors to the modern Pueblo culture we know today.  During the late 19th and early 20th century revival of Pueblo pottery, some potters used pottery shards and petroglyphs to recreate the old styles. The Mimbres region includes southwestern New Mexico and adjacent areas in Arizona and northern Mexico. The name Mimbres— Spanish for “little willow”—is  also the name of the river running through the center of the region.