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Pottery Workshop with Natasha Smoke Santiago
All participants will join in on a hands on Traditional Haudenosaunee Pottery Workshop. Natasha will go through historical components, including: the structure of a pot, demonstration of building techniques, the utilitarian purpose of pottery, and interpretation of designs. A variety of historical & modern tools will also be provided. Reproduction and original archaeological pottery shards will be available for visual reference. Each participant will build and complete their own small pot.
Registration required for this workshop. Click here to register
- What to bring: materials will be provided by instructor unless otherwise noted
- Where to go: please meet at the Visitor Center
- Lunch arrangements: please bring a bag lunch, beverages, and snacks or plan to purchase lunch at the Lake View Cafe
Workshops maybe canceled due to lack of registration. ADKX will notify by email. Please contact Steph Hample at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
About the Artist:
Natasha Smoke Santiago is a turtle clan woman of the Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse otherwise known as The Iroquois. She resides within the territory of Akwesasne. Natasha has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She works in many mediums, favoring Acrylics and Oil Pastels and often includes cloth, beadwork and other materials into her paintings. She also works with clay doing pottery and sculpture. Natasha is heavily influenced by her Haudenosaunee heritage, history and teachings. She also draws upon the experiences of her life as inspiration for her works. Much of her work tells a tale, or has a story behind it, thus she calls her web site “The Storyteller’s House”. Often times Natasha’s work is seemingly drawn from another realm, her hand and mind guided by an external force, a phenomenon she has dubbed “a spark”. Her best work stems from these “sparks”. Natasha currently resides within the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne, along with her husband and two children.