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Native American Craft Tradition in a Contemporary World

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Marcus Amerman
Rick Bartow
Harvey A. Begay
Doug Coffin
Richard Danay
Tony Jojola
Clara Neptune Keezer

James Little
Rosemary "Apple Blossom" Lonewolf
Truman Lowe
David Neel
Verma Nequatewa
The Ortiz Family
Norbert Peshlakai
Wendy Ponca
Al Q÷yawayma
Diego Romero
Preston Singletary
Richard Zane Smith
Roxanne Swentzell
C. S. Tarpley
Tim Tiger
Margaret Wood
Nathan Youngblood




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blown glass


Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo) is one of only a handful Native American glass blowers. Born on the Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico, Jojola began working as a potter at a young age. After enrolling at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, he was exposed to the art of glass blowing. Further training at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, led to a period of study at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, where he served as a studio assistant to Dale Chihuly, the acknowledged master of American glass art.

Jojola relies on his Native American culture for inspiration. He uses traditional and ceremonial forms, ollas, seed jars and basket forms, "old forms that my culture has respected throughout time," as the basis for his contemporary blown glass vessels.

 

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