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pueblo pottery/ceramics history/art education seminars

updated sat 22 may 99


Robert Wilt on fri 21 may 99

[ For more information, email , call 617/495-8680, ]
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[ The registration deadlines have been extended. ]

Come see, study, and handle 1000 Mimbres pots from Harvard University's
collection, with experts in art, art history, anthropology, and museum

This summer, Radcliffe College Ceramics Studio will offer two
graduate-level seminars and a week-long symposium focused around the
study of ancient and modern Pueblo pottery.

Ceramic Traditions of Ancient and Modern Pueblo Potters from the
American Southwest, featuring the Mimbres Collection at Harvard
University's Peabody Museum.

July 26-30, 1999
9:30 am -12:00 noon presentations,
2-5pm: collection visits and demonstrations
$550, limited to 40

The Radcliffe College Ceramics Program is presenting the first in a series
of annual symposia which will bring together educators and students from
many disciplines with specialists and professionals to study major cultural
expressions in the ceramic arts.

The symposium will feature lectures, master classes, and panel discussions,
as well as opportunities for direct contact with artifacts in the museum
collections, conservation laboratory, and teaching exhibits. The Peabody
Museum's excellent and extensive resources for the study of Native
American Art include among the largest collections of world - renowned
Mimbres and Sikyatki ceramics. This symposium offers participants a rare
opportunity to study these masterpieces as important windows into Pueblo

Two seminars, which may be taken for graduate-level or professional-
development credit, will be offered in conjunction with the symposium:

Ceramics History Seminar
July 21 - August 3, 1999
14 sessions: followed by a month of independent research
4 graduate-level credits $750, limited to 12

In addition to providing access to all symposium events, this seminar
creates an extended period of dialogue, research, and meetings before,
during, and after for those who wish to work for graduate-level credit by
conducting an independent research project under the supervision of
J. J. Brody or Patricia Capone. Their areas of interest include:
method and theory in building western-style histories of non-western
artistic traditions; anthropological perspectives on ceramics as a window
into worldview; the roles of makers and markets; and museological issues
of interpretation, exhibition, curation, and repatriation.

Art Education Seminar
July 12 - 30, 1999
15 sessions, weekdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm,
with independent studio time in the afternoons and evenings
4 graduate-level credits $750, limited to 15

This intensive three-week studio-seminar will combine the study of
Native American ceramics history and technology with a focus on
interdisciplinary curriculum development and creative art-making. From
July 26 through 30 seminar participants will attend some of the lectures,
master classes, and museum visits offered in the ceramics history
symposium. Instruction in health and safety issues and studio equipment
operation will enable educators to include ceramics in their art curricula
with confidence and legal compliance. After-class access to the ceramics
studio facilities will allow seminar participants time to develop their
studio projects.

Instructors and Presenters
Paul Briggs, assistant professor of art education, Mass. College of Art
J. J. Brody, professor of art and art history, University of New Mexico,
author and world-renowned Mimbres specialist
Patricia Capone, anthropologist and curatorial associate at the Peabody
Diego Romero, Native American potter
Rachel Sahmie, Native American potter
Brian Shaffer, anthropologist specializing in Mimbres culture
Rina Swentzell, Native American potter, teacher, and author
Nancy Youngblood Lugo, Native American potter

Phone: 617/495-8680