Never content to repeat herself endlessly, this artist is a lecturer and teacher of pottery, as well as a prize-winning creator.
She likes to retain tradition in a contemporary way. In recognition of her many activities, Pam Lujan-Hauer has been proclaimed a “Local Treasure”.
She is the only person she knows of who works in white micaceous clay.
It comes from a location in northern New Mexico, near her native Taos Pueblo, discovered by her father.
The material may be unusual, but the execution is always traditional, from gathering clay, mixing, coiling, smoothing, etc.
Constantly experimenting, she has pushed the boundary of pottery. Here, the white micaceous clay is mixed with the more usual peach-hued clay.
The result: a unique, sandy-hued flecked blend.
The form of the bowl is elegant, with a broad top that ends in a precisely shaped flanged rim.
Always testing expectations, the artist has discovered a means of incorporating sterling silver into the clay.
The delicate “drawing” of a yucca plant, in the bottom of the piece is a lovely example.
Endlessly creative, technically expert, and fiercely devoted to continuing tradition in new ways, Pam Lujan-Hauer is indeed, a Local Treasure.