Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Visiting Artist Workshop with Wilma Tosa
Saturday, October 27, 2018
We are honored to have Wilma Tosa, a potter from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico join us for a half day workshop. Wilma will demonstrate her vessel forming techniques as well as her distinctive burnishing and etching techniques. Wilma Tosa, accompanied by her husband Aaron, first visited our studio in 2016 to demonstrate her coiling, burnishing, and carving techniques for students in the Harvard College course “Fundamentals of Archaeological Methods and Reasoning” taught by Matt Liebmann, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, and Rowan K. Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology. Wilma and Aaron are in Boston once again to work with this course at the Ceramics Program and have generously offered to provide a demonstration for our greater Boston clay community.
Wilma Baca, (New Wheat), was born to John and Linda Baca in Jemez Pueblo in September 1967. She was inspired to make pottery by her grandmother, Marie Reyes Shendo. Marie taught Wilma the fundamentals of making pottery the traditional way using ancient methods passed down from their ancestors.
Wilma specializes in hand coiled, stone polished and traditionally decorated Jemez pottery. She makes redware bowls, jars, seed pots, vases and wedding vases. She has been etching her pottery using the free-hand sgraffito technique since 1989. Her favorite piece to make is the wedding vase because of its meaning: "The spouts represent two separate lives, the bridge across the middle unites these separate lives as one," she says.
The cost for this workshop is $50.00 for those enrolled in a course, those not enrolled in a course and for Harvard Graduate Students. This workshop is free for Harvard Undergraduate Students.