Pottery is on display through mid February at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy photo
The Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) is hosting a display of Southwest Native American Pottery. The display features about two dozen pieces, supported by a generous amount of information on Southwest pottery in general and on each particular piece.
The display runs until the middle of February, courtesy of Stephen Ledoux and Nelly Case who have been BESC members since the middle of last year when they retired to Los Alamos from college jobs, Nelly as a music professor and Stephen as a natural science of behavior (i.e., behaviorology) professor. Both also are artists, Case as a musician and Ledoux as a visual artist. And both also are authors, with this display featured in Ledoux’s new book, Beautiful Sights and Sensations—Small Collections of Native American and Other Arts. (BESC has copies.)
Case and Ledoux have been collecting pieces across a range of arts over the last several decades. As a result, this display features a wide selection of pieces, both local (from several Rio Grande Pueblos) and out of state (some Hopi/Tewa pottery from Arizona).
The potters include Nampeyo’s granddaughter, Tonita (Tewa), Roberta Youvella Silas (Hopi), Dorothy Torivio (Acoma), Blue Corn (San Ildefonso), Daryl Candelaria (San Felipe), Alice Cling (Navajo), and several others.
The pieces range in size from large water jars to miniatures, and in age from the 1100s to the present century. It’s all a visual treat not to be missed.