Ron Carlos, Potter

Ron Carlos, Potter.  Salt River, AZ | 2015

The late Ron Carlos was a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He learned traditional paddle and anvil technique pottery in June 1994 from Phyllis Cerna and her daughter, Avis Pinion. Working with apprentice August Wood, Carlos shared his knowledge of collecting and processing natural clays and pigments, producing tools, creating pots using paddle and anvil technique, implementing native designs, and firing in open pit fires. Ron passed away in 2023.

More about Ron:

The Last Potter and the Next One. BorderLore, June 2023
Gourd Rattle: Connector of Native American Tradition. BorderLore, November 2015.
Cultural Landscapes in Clay and Pigment. BorderLore, September 2015.


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