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Mimbres Painted Pottery – G210721

Mimbres Painted Pottery The prehistoric Mimbres culture of Southwestern New Mexico has connections to other Southwest prehistoric Native traditions, as well as contemporary indigenous cultures. What makes the Mimbres culture stand out is the stunning wealth of painted pottery which it produced – noteworthy not only for the quantity, but the originality and sophistication of the potteryʼs painted abstract geometric and figurative designs.

Through slide presentations, students will be introduced to the Mimbres culture by a visual study of the pottery artifacts. The painted designs of the Mimbres pottery will be studied and analyzed for their stylistic, symbolic, and linear design elements. Students will learn to recognize a visual vocabulary of design elements, so that they may incorporate the same elements into their own work in unique ways.

*Video of historic potter Maria Martinez will be presented to illustrate the traditional ways of producing pottery in the Southwest.
*Students will gather wild clay located on the Ghost Ranch property, then process the clay to make it workable.
*Traditional indigenous methods will be used to transform the clay into finished forms ready for painting.

Pottery forms will be coated with a white-burning clay slip to prepare the ground for the designs. Then, students will paint self-created designs in black paint on the white background, (informed by the Mimbres pottery linear design style). Finally, the pottery will be fired to produce a finished product that participants can take home with them.

July 11-16, 2021

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  • Michael Thornton
    Michael Thornton

    Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with such ceramics masters as John Takehara, Jim Srubek, Manji Inoue and Ko Inoguchi. From the painstaking craftsmanship demanded by the Arita porcelain technique, to the wabi-sabi aesthetic of stoneware tea ceremony vessels, and the seductive depth of a classic celadon glaze, Michael finds a well of knowledge and inspiration in the ceramic traditions of Japan, China and Korea. He draws from these traditions liberally as he expresses his own creative vision in clay.

    As Artist in Residence in Takeo, Japan, Michael spent four months teaching and learning about ceramics – deepening his appreciation for the culture and its ceramic legacy.

    Michael’s work is in public and private collections around the globe.


Jul 11 - 16 2021



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