I have been dabbling in ceramics since 1994, but my interest in the medium became focused after my archaeologist daughter invited me to study with her friend and mentor, Felipe Ortega, a master in the traditional micaceous pottery techniques of the Northern Rio Grande and the Jicarilla Apache.
According to Indian tradition, vessels as containers and metaphors of life hold within them the beauty of all living things.
The rich micaceous clay is dug directly from deposits in the Sangre de Cristos Mountains of northern New Mexico. The fabric of this clay is more than 80% mica and finished vessels glitter like gold. The stunning beauty of micaceous pottery is matched only by its functionality. For over 800 years, micaceous vessels have adorned the adobe kitchens of New Mexico and are still used today to slow cook beans, chilies, and meat with delightful results.
See Jan’s work at Parmer’s Fine Furniture – 333 Park Marina Circle, Redding. Meet Jan at a reception for the artist, this Sat., Nov. 12, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information about Judi, visit janmica.com.
This month, ArtHop is a city-wide “Holiday Arts Marketplace.” Each ArtHop venue will feature artist-made holiday gifts!!
Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State weekend events to email@example.com.
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