Artists bring memories to White Rock pots

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Artists bring memories to White Rock pots

By Arin McKenna

When the Los Alamos Art in Public Places Advisory Board was considering a public art project for White Rock that involved replicas of Puebloan pottery, they contacted the Pueblo of San Ildefonso to see if artists would be willing to participate. Ten artists agreed to work on the project.
Former APPB president Steve Foltyn spearheaded the project, researching designs, communicating with the artists and overcoming various hurdles along the way.
One of the artists created preliminary sketches of Puebloan pottery designs. Those were integrated with historic pottery designs that Foltyn had researched. The finalized designs were presented to the artists, who decided collectively which six replicas would be created.
The designs the artists chose present a spectrum of San Ildefonso pottery ranging from an Ancestral Puebloan cooking pot, circa 1200–1550 A.D., to an early 20th century design by renowned San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez and her son Popovi Da.

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