"The Santa Fe Community College welcomes master ceramicists from Uzbekistan for an educational exchange and pottery demonstration... "
The Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) welcomes master ceramicists from Uzbekistan for an educational exchange and pottery demonstration in SFCC’s Fine Arts Center on Thursday, September 22nd, beginning at 9:45 a.m. This public event is an extraordinary opportunity to interact with Central Asian Uzbek artisans and observe their craft. The event begins with a visit to Clarence Cruz’s pueblo pottery class, followed by James Marshall’s class for a throwing demonstration by students and Uzbek master ceramicists and the showing of a documentary from Uzbekistan.
“This is the first time our international visitor program has hosted foreign guests for an instructional demonstration – a sharing of knowledge – as part of their tour,” said Jeff Case, treasurer of SFCC's GROW Foundation and chair of the Council on International Relations Faculty-Student Committee. “The Uzbek artists are open and engaging, and want to learn from SFCC students and faculty. It’s an outstanding educational exchange event that’s mutually beneficial.”
The Uzbekistan visit is a collaboration of SFCC’s GROW Foundation, the City of Santa Fe Sister City Program, the Council on International Relations and the U.S. Dept. of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The goals of the project, as established by the Dept. of State, are: “to provide participants with the opportunity to examine the history, presentation, conservation and education of traditional arts in the U.S.; connect with institutions and individuals involved in the presentation, conservation and education of American cultural heritage and evaluate the impact of traditional arts on community-building and civic development.”
“The Uzbekistan delegation is part of a larger effort to reconnect with Santa Fe’s Sister Cities; with places far away and with cultures that we need to understand more,” said Case.
Inom Ablakulov is a ninth-generation ceramicist carrying on the tradition and trade from his grandfather and father, Numon Ablakulov. The Ablakulov family creates pieces representative of Urgut ceramics, which is known for its brown glaze.
Odilbek Matchanov is a multi-generation ceramicist trained by his father, master ceramicist Raimberdi Matchanov, with the specialized knowledge of traditional Khorezm ceramics, famous for geometrical and floral ornaments. Matchanov has made a large contribution to the restoration of architectural monuments and their many ceramic ornaments in his country.
Alisher Rakhimov is a sixth-generation ceramicist, trained by his grandfather, master ceramicist Mukhitdin Rakhimov. Relying on the experiences of his grandfather and father, Rakhimov has worked on historical chronicles of Uzbek pottery art.
Firdavs Yusupov is a multi-generation ceramicist trained by his father, master ceramicist Sharofiddin Yusupov. Yusupov’s studio is in Rishtan, one of Uzbekistan’s biggest ceramic centers, and well known for using blue and white colors. Yusupov creates works in traditional Rishtan style, starting with the 15th century as an imitation of Chinese porcelain.
Clarence Cruz is a Tewa potter from the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh. He earned a BFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico. His works are about regeneration of a historic representation of pottery and the bond that is created between land and people, which allows expression of the world at various times, places and spaces. He creates the traditional pottery of San Juan and micaceous pottery, with Potsuwii incising styles.
James Marshall’s initial experience with the arts began while living with a Native American tribe, the Quiche, in Guatemala where he apprenticed with potters during his two-year stint in the Peace Corps. After studying ceramics at Fredonia State University, in New York, he later received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he received a series of Rackham Block Grants. His teaching experience includes the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Grove City College, PA; University of Bloomsburg, PA; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York and the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.