Santo Domingo Pottery Firing: Santo Domingo Pueblo

Santo Domingo potter Robert Tenorio

Field Trip

Saturday, July 11, 2009, 8:00 am–2:00 pm

Robert Tenorio PotteryRobert Tenorio PotteryPhotograph by Elysia Poon.Robert Tenorio PotteryPhotograph by Elysia Poon.

Join in the fun by participating in a traditional pottery-making demonstration. Santo Domingo potter Robert Tenorio enjoys teaching his knowledge of Puebloan pottery by involving people in the process of creation. He will demonstrate each step as he makes a pot, while allowing participants to try out their own artistic skills by painting a small piece with a yucca-fiber paintbrush. Our group will also be able to experience a traditional firing.

Robert Tenorio is one of today’s foremost Pueblo potters. He uses traditional methods of hand coiling and firing outdoors with cottonwood bark. His beautiful pots have won many awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, including the Potcarrier Award for the Best Large Traditional Jar or Bowl in 1982, 1983, and 1984, and the Indian Arts Fund Award for Overall Excellence in a Traditional Craft in 1988.

As a preview to the trip, Robert Tenorio will meet on Tuesday, July 7, with participants in the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR to share his knowledge of Santo Domingo pottery. The IARC collection contains more than 300 pieces of Santo Domingo pottery, including five pieces by Robert Tenorio. On Saturday, July 11, we will visit Robert’s family home in Santo Domingo Pueblo for the pottery-making demonstration. Robert’s niece will also prepare a traditional Pueblo meal for us, as we spend the day at their home.

Activity Level: Easy, participation in a traditional pottery firing.
Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.

Cost: $70 per person, includes an artist honorarium, van transportation from SAR, and a traditional Pueblo meal.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. To make registration equitable, we will begin accepting trip reservations Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8am to 5pm, for our Summer 2009 field trips. Beginning on that day, please call the SAR Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 to register or to receive additional information about any of these trips. Group size is limited. Reserve your space early.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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