NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 6:00PM: members and non-members are welcome to the GCAS monthly meeting at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). We start at 6PM with a potluck - bring your own plates & utensils, and a dish for yourself or to share with with what we expect to be a larger than usual number of guests, including the starving students of the Preservation Archaeology Museum Curation and Survey Field School. Let's feed these folks well, people! At about 6:30PM we will have a brief business meeting followed immediately by our featured speaker, Archaeology Southwest's Karen Schollmeyer PhD, who will share updates on her and her field school team's work at the WNMU Museum which includes curating the artifacts comprising the NAN Ranch collection. Come meet the next generation of archaeologists and learn about the latest activity at our own WNMU Museum. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience at our in-person meetings the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend each attendee take the precautions they feel are appropriate for themselves.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: we defer a July field trip due to conflict with the July 4 holiday weekend. Watch this space for our next field trip scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2024, destination TBA.

GCAS Field Trip to Paquimé, Part III
GCAS Field Trip to Paquimé, Part V

GCAS Field Trip Part IV: Marcia Corl, Today's Featured Photographer

Marcia Corl, an archaeology enthusiast from Las Cruces, joined us on our international field trip to Firing Ceramics in Juan Mata OrtizPaquimé. In today's post please enjoy some of her portraits of the people living and working in the ceramics center of Juan Mata Ortiz. All photos you see in this post are Marcia Corl's, EXCEPT this large one over here on the right. Marcia says that this particular one is a photo she took of another photo that she saw hanging in one of the Mata Ortiz galleries we visited. Marcia says that this is a portrait of Juan Quezada himself, shown firing Mata Ortiz ceramics the Old Skool way - using a flaming pile of wood and cow pies. However, an image of Juan Quezada seems to be an apt introduction to the rest of Marcia's own photos of the artisans and residents of his home town. (As always, hover on a photo for a caption; and click on any photo to enlarge.)

Marcia writes:

"​I had no idea what to expect when I learned I was able to go with this bright and energetic group to Mata Ortiz and Paquimé.  I had told myself that I was not going to spend any money on pots (which I had very little room for in my house), but the trip was going to be a learning experience anyway.  Never had seen Paquimé either. We The Young Artist saved the second day of the trip for the Mata Ortiz visit. I expected to drive up to some sort of Plaza where we would find everyone with their wares, but our first stop was at a little adobe house, where I thought Luis (our guide) maybe had some personal business, until we were all escorted into the private house of a potter.  The whole bus was going in!  She had 3 walls of the small front room lined in shelves of pottery, all hand thrown, and Potter fine detailsome hand painted with a single-hair brush. The prices were on tape written in dollars below the beautiful objects, ranging from 5 dollars to 200 dollars.  The table she was to demonstrate the fine painting was on the 4th wall.  We all watched with bated breath while she marked the finely decorated white clay pot with a repeat pattern of burnt orange paint between the tiny black design already there. 

Juan Quesada Mural Man at the MuralIt was an interesting  demonstration, and while she was doing this, Luis was telling the story of discovery of the first of many sold pots by Juan Quezada by an archaeologist (Spencer H. MacCallum) in a small store in Deming New Mexico.  He said that there were 5 primary colors of natural mineral paints made by hand out of the various local minerals and these would combine and mix to get many more colors.  The pottery around us showed pure black, burnt orange, green and turquoise colors. Many of us bought pots from her, and we were both very pleased!  When we stepped outside, we found many more potters of the village displaying THEIR wares just outside her house. Word had gotten around! We bought MORE pots!  (So much for will power.)  We visited 3 more private houses before we found the new gallery set up specifically for pots of Juan Quezada's relatives.  I had run out of money before the third house so I was able to take time to walk around town and see the mix of architecture and the rebuilding of some houses, and the decay of others.  We stopped by the town church then stopped at a very nice hacienda for lunch. Everyone was very welcoming and smiling.  It was a very memorable day."

The Artist with her Art - 1 The Artist with his Art - 1 The Artist Welcomes Us to his Home Gate Dog Fine Ceramics for Sale The Terrazas Stables Anne and Luis

 

 

Thank you, Marcia, for sharing your words and your photos with us now -- and for being such a fun traveling companion then!

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