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Cherokee potter to host Gilcrease Museum workshops
Cherokee potter Crystal Hanna helps a student during a pottery class in Tahlequah, Okla. ARCHIVE PHOTO
By WILL CHAVEZ
Tues, Oct 12, 2010
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee artist Crystal Hanna will present two Southeastern pottery workshops on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa.
“In the workshop, I teach the students how to process native clay and slips and basic coil building with the focus on Southeastern designs and decorating techniques,” Hanna said.
A final session on Nov. 13 will be held at her Sapulpa home with a traditional wood firing of pottery and a potluck meal.
Hanna has created Southeastern and Mississippian-style pottery for more than a decade, earning numerous awards. She is one of few Cherokee artists creating contemporary pottery using designs, shapes and decorating techniques utilized in prehistoric Southeastern and Mississippian styles.
She exhibits and sells her works at several major Indian art markets throughout the country, including the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Hanna also shows and sells locally at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah and Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee.
She studied pottery making with Cherokee National Treasure and master potter Anna Mitchell, of Vinita, and believes in Mitchell’s mission to continue the Cherokee people’s pottery heritage.
“It is a great honor for me to share what I have learned thus far through these workshops,” Hanna said.
For more information or to register for a workshop, call Gilcrease Director of Education and Public Programs Lannette Coppage at (918) 596-2737 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sign up for a pottery workshop is Oct. 15.