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Timothy Edaakie

2019

Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship

Timothy Edaakie. Jar, 2018.  Natural Zuni clay , yellow ochre, hematite ore, and wild spinach.  20″ x 19″. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Timothy Edaakie. Bowl, 2017. Natural Zuni clay, yellow ochre, hematite ore, and wild spinach. 4″ x 19″. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The School for Advanced Research is pleased to welcome Zuni potter, Timothy Edaakie, as the 2019 Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow. Edaakie first began making pottery when he was a high school student, and has continued to refine his use of traditional Zuni techniques and materials since. He is passionate about sharing knowledge about pottery within the pueblo and ensuring that knowledge is preserved to be passed onto future generations. One of Edaakie’s goals is to revive certain traditional pottery methods, forms, and designs that are not currently being used in the pueblo—he is particularly interested in the transition between Matsaki and A:shiwi styles.

Edaakie comments:  “I see my art as a way to help ensure that traditional Zuni pottery continues, to educate Native and non-Native communities about the process of pottery making, and to explain the designs and forms.” Through the project, he hopes “to reintroduce elaborate designs used by my ancestors to present-day potters who are unaware of these intricate patterns.”

During his time at SAR, Edaakie hopes to take full advantage of the resources on campus—including the library, archives, and collections. Drawing from the imagination and creativity represented by the nearly 375 Zuni pottery works in the collection, he will select two pieces to re-create for his project—an A:shiwi olla and a stew bowl. Both of these works will be formed from Zuni clay and painted using pigments made from natural materials gathered on Zuni land. Edaakie explained that sees this fellowship as “a path to better understand the pottery traditions of my ancestors and to honor them with authentic work created with prayer and reverence.” He plans to bring what he learns from this experience back to his pueblo to share with other community members. Reciprocally, he will use his knowledge and artistic expertise to contribute to the IARC’s documentation of the Zuni pieces that he selects for study. Edaakie will be in residence from September 2, 2019 to December 23, 2019.

ARTIST TALK

Timothy Edaakie: Artist Talk, Reception & Open Studio

November 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR campus, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM
505-954-7205

Zuni potter Timothy Edaakie’s goal is to revive  traditional pottery methods, forms, and designs that are not currently being used in the pueblo. He is particularly interested in the transition between Matsaki and A:shiwi styles. Join the School for Advanced Research for Edaakie’s presentation as he shares about his time at SAR; following the lecture and reception Edaakie will open his studio to visitors. Advanced registration is encouraged. REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE. RSVP by Monday, November 11th. Questions? contact iarc@sarsf.org or 505.954.7205.

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