Wendell Kowemy is a full blooded Native American
Indian. He was born into the Laguna Pueblo in 1972. He is a member of
the Roadrunner Clan.
He was taught all the fundamentals of hand coiling pottery using the
ancient traditional methods of his ancestors, under the instruction
of Evelyn Cheromiah in 1992. He continues the artform of working with
fine pottery to add to the legacy of his people.
Wendell specializes in all natural and traditional hand coiled pottery
vessels. He gathers his raw clumps of clay from within the sacred grounds
of the Laguna Pueblo. He grinds his clumps of clay into sand like grains
and hand mixes sand and water to temper the clay. He begins the hand
coiling process which involves rolling out the moist clay into snake
like coils and hand building his vessels. Once the vessel has taken
form he sets his pottery to dry. Wendell hand boils all of his colors
from natural pigments and vegetation which is also harvested from within
the Laguna Pueblo. Once the vessels are dry and his colors are boiled
Wendell begins hand painting a wide variety of designs which include
tularosa swirls, checkerboards, finelines.
The designs he paints are usually designs which were found on old potter
sherds left from hundreds of years ago. Finally, he fires his pottery
the traditional way, outdoors.
He signs his pottery as: Wendell Kowemy, New Laguna.
He is related to: Kent Kowemy (father), Wendy Cheromiah (mother), Marisa
Kowemy, and Aerial (sisters).
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