The Ceramics of Lucy M. Lewis: Tradition and Innovation for an Ethical Collection

Lucy M. Lewis was a potter from the Acoma Pueblo (New Mexico) who took inspiration in archaeological ceramics which she adapted and reinterpreted. In doing so, she pioneered contemporary Acoma pottery. From museums throughout the United States to Obama’s Oval Office, Lucy M. Lewis’ work has been recognized and exhibited widely. Blending tradition and innovation, contemporary Acoma pottery can be seen as a substitute for the controversial display of archaeological ceramics which were looted from burials.

Meghann O’Brien: Weaving the art world together

Meghann O’Brien, also known as Jaad Kuujus (“Dear Woman” in Haida language), is an artist of Kwakwaka’wakw, Haida, and Irish descent. Her work, which is anchored in wool and cedar bark weaving, materializes the web that connects her to her community, ancestors, and the land. Meghann is a former professional snowboarder and did not begin this practice with the intent of becoming an artist. But, carried by the process, she has since brought those traditional art forms to an exceptional level of expertise and intricacy.

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