ClayHouston presents FREE Demo with Christine Nofchissey McHorse

  • 08 Feb 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Glassell Ceramic Studio, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005
 

Christine Nofchissey McHorse will be presenting a demonstration workshop Saturday morning, February 8, 10 - 12, in the Glassell School ceramics studio. She will show how she utilizes the micaceous clay and her handbuilding techniques and tools to create her beautiful curvilinear forms. The public is invited to attend. This free workshop is sponsored by ClayHouston, Glassell School of Art, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Christine's exhibition, Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse, will be on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) from February 7 - May 11, with an opening reception on Friday, February 7 from 5:30 - 8:00; Christine will talk briefly about her work beginning at 6:00. From the HCCC website: "This exhibit features works by one of the most innovative contemporary forces in Native American potteryWorking from traditional materials and techniques, Christine Nofchissey McHorse’s vessel-based art blends the boundaries of pottery and sculpture, erasing the line between function and form. As the Navajo artist’s first traveling exhibition, the show exhibits the unadorned sophistication of the sultry curves, black satiny surfaces, and modern forms of her Dark Light series, created from 1997 to present. An amalgam of Puebloan, Navajo, and contemporary influences, each sculpture possesses a cultural splendor that is as fertile as the Northern New Mexico riverbeds where McHorse harvests her clay."

"Born in Morenci, AZ, in 1948, Christine Nofchissey McHorse is a first generation, full-blooded Navajo ceramic artist. After marrying Joel McHorse, a Taos Pueblo Indian, she learned to make pots through his grandmother, Lena Archuleta, who taught her to work with micaceous clay, a rare but naturally occurring clay high in mica content that can be found in the Taos area. McHorse has since become one of the most admired and successful Native potters, working with traditional techniques but making the kind of reductive, sculptural pots that one would have expected Brancusi to make, were he alive today.  She has received numerous awards from the SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe, and the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, as well as the Museum of Northern Arizona. Her works are in the collections of the Denver Museum of Natural History, the Museum of New Mexico, the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, the Navajo Nation Museum, and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. McHorse also has the unique distinction of winning Best in Show for both pottery and sculpture at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market."

 


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