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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. 

Continue reading and more images: https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/topic-essays/show/5?start=0


 

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