In Arizona, Native American culture is widely known and cultivated. Scottsdale Public Art is furthering that cultivation by naming Native American ceramic artist Ron Carlos as the “Artist at Work” for the Creative Residency at the Scottsdale Livery Studio Space.
Native Culture Through Scottsdale Public Art
This amazing artist is a descendant of both Pima and Maricopa tribes, and he incorporates the culture of these 2 tribes into his work. He is a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in east Scottsdale.
Mr. Carlos’ preferred pottery technique is the “paddle and anvil” technique. With this technique, a large piece of clay is shaped into a rough form. He works the outer edges of the clay thinner and thinner with a paddle, while the interior section of the clay is supported with the anvil.
Mr. Carlos has been perfecting his paddle and anvil technique for more than 20 years. He uses hand-processed clay and paint made from natural resources within his community.
Along with being an exhibiting artist, Mr. Carlos is a mentor and teacher, teaching his ancestral pottery to the members of his community.
During Ron Carlos’ Creative Residency at Scottsdale Public Art, a free screening of “Paddle and Anvil: a Piipaash Pottery Tradition,” will be available to view. This film is a documentary about Mr. Carlos and his pottery technique.
Mr. Carlos’ Creative Residency Closing Reception will be held on September 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Scottsdale Livery. It is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend to support this local Native American artist.
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