Corn, Vessels of Grace, Vessels of Tears
The Secrets of Mayan Potters
The Hypotenuse Gallery (April 18 to May 19, 2005, Bldg #13, 3rd floor, Sinclair Community College) will present the methods, the culture, and the legends of the Mayan potters with whom I worked last summer in the mountains of Mexico. In a central area, three traditional vessels overflow with corn kernels and are partially buried by them. Corn enabled mesoamerican civilizations to thrive; pottery stored that corn. In another area, "Vessels of Tears" will be exhibited. These vessels will bear the faces of the Mayan people and be intermingled with descriptions (inscribed in the clay and on placards) of the savage mistreatment they suffered at the hands of Cortez (1529+). In a third area, vessels will celebrate Ixchel, the Maya Moon Maiden, patronness of weaving, making pottery, and childbearing. Please come to the opening reception and to hear my stories on 21 April 2005 at 5:00-6:00. ----Click for bio or to send email to Wolf----
A continuous slide show will allow you to view pictures of Juan Minoz Pelenco going through the twelve steps of producing a traditional vessel for market. These vessels are proudly displayed by Mexicans today as a sacramental sign of their cultural identity that go much deeper than that of the conquistadores.
Below are some of the experimental vessels and charcoal drawings made by way of preparing this exhibit.
Vessels by Wolf
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