Pots of Inspiration
By: Tara Chloe Dusanj
When you go looking for inspiration, often or not, you will not find it, but, when you are least expecting it– inspiration will find you on a whim. This can be achieved through something as simple as an object. The MOA Shop is full of sacred, immensely beautiful and unique trinkets, which evoke all kinds of inspiration in unique ways. The staff at the MOA shop is given the privilege of experiencing an intimate, first-hand engagement with these precious objects. We wanted to share some of their favorite picks for the month of August!
Meghan Price is intrigued by the featured selection of pottery from the south western United States, in particular, Acoma pottery. Made by potters from the Acoma Pueblo, Acoma pottery is known for its exquisitely painted geometric designs, thin walls, and fluted rims. Acoma potters mine for their clay, clean it, and filter it for impurities before they can begin building their pots. After the clay is prepared, vessels are constructed using the coil method, starting at the bottom and form a “snake” working their way to the top. Traditionally, once a pot is painted, the potter fires the pot at very high temperatures around a fire outside. This is a process that could cause the pot to explode if impurities are present in the clay. Megan possesses a passion for pottery, and appreciates the craftsmanship that is put into these pieces. The Acoma pots serve as an object of inspiration towards Megan’s personal talents and artistic interests.
Ariel Kwan is inspired by the works of Kinichi Shigeno, a local artist from Richmond, British Columbia who primarily works with porcelain and cobalt brush. Formally trained in ceramic, Kinichi’s talent is very apparent in all of his pieces. Acknowledged with awards and recognition from across the globe, it is no wonder that his ceramic mugs are one of the most popular items in the shop.
The public adoration and affection for cats is an endlessly growing theme! Cat lovers can find their perfect cat mug design with Kinichi. If you are not a cat lover, don’t worry, Kinichi’s work celebrates the beauty of many animals and you can likely find something by Kinichi that suits your personal tastes.
The animals on his cups are beautiful and almost life-like. While these mugs look delicate they are very sturdy and will be wonderful additions to anyone’s kitchen. These mugs are generous gifts for everyone, including you!
There are Acoma pottery in the Multiversity Galleries at MOA a long with many other pottery pieces. My personal favorite is the Zuni owls, which are considered to be guardians of protection and wisdom. They come in all different shapes and sizes and are absolutely beautiful in person.