Sunday, September 13, 2020

Bamana Potters

Bamana potter Seban Fané, Kunògò, Mali, 1991. Photograph by Barbara E. Frank.


Bamana potters are part of a complex social and artistic network among the Mande peoples of West Africa.  Identified collectively as nyamakalaw, blacksmiths, potters, bards and leatherworkers form a separate social class from the mostly farmer majority. A woman does not simply choose to become a potter. She is born into a family of blacksmiths and potters, who protect the secrets of their trades by endogamous marriage practices. The Bamana term for potter, numumuso, is generally translated as "blacksmith woman", but means much more than the wife or mother of a blacksmith. 

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Sam Bolanos, Student Work

Ceramic and Glaze
Assignment - Make a collection of at least 15 small, hand-held forms. 


Clay Studio


Savanna Jones, Student Work

Ceramic and Wax


Amelia Weber, Student Work

25 Objects Assignment

Experimenting with relationships. 
Ceramic and glaze. 

Ceramic and Glaze. 
Response to experimental category. 

Ceramic and Glaze. 
Work made for experimental category. 

Amelia's Work Space


Annie Fox, Student Work

25 Objects Assignment

Ceramic and Glaze
Response to "inspired by mountains" prompt. 
3" x 4" x 1.5"

Ceramic and Glaze
An example of carving for the experimental category. 
5" length


Student Work

25 Objects Assignment

Amanda Marable
Response to "stacking" prompt. 
Ceramic with glaze and glaze pencils. 
5" tall. 

Rosemary Eyck
Response to "stacking" prompt. 
Ceramic with glaze. 
7" at longest length. 

Jordan McCrea
Ceramic and Glaze
One of 25 Objects made for experimental category. 
4" length

Stephanie Simone
Stacking Forms