Artist of the moment…………Al Qoyawayma

 

 

Al Qoyawayma is a contemporary Hopi artist renown for his pottery and bronze sculptures. Al Qoyawayma was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1938. His work often includes maize, similar to corn, which is a staple of life for his people. Another cultural idea he uses is to fire his work at very high temperatures using coal.

Qoyawayma attended college at California Polytech State University earning a bachelors degree. The artist went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from University of Southern California.

In this clip we view a wonderful piece of pottery by the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.alqpottery.com/

In a very cool endeavor the artist talks about one of his pots going on a space voyage. The artist is also the co-founder of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society:

The artist won a scholarship to help the people of New Zealand, the Maori, rediscover their pottery making traditions.

Qoyawayma is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Al Qoyawayma is an amazing artist who has found his own perfect mix of ancient traditions and new ideas in his process. This gives his work a wonderful mix of old and new. His works that portray ancient Hopi dwellings are simply stunning!

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