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IPCC’s Family Story Time and Clay Pottery Workshop

@ Children’s Area of Museum Saturday 07.27, 2024
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm MDT

On Saturday, July 27, our storyteller will be pottery sculptor Ed Lewis (Acoma), who will be sharing his expertise by leading a pottery workshop as part of our story time event. Our book title will be Shaped By Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez by Anna Harber Freeman and Barbara Gonzales, illustrated by Aphelandra. This book is available at the Indian Pueblo Store here.

Shaped By Her Hands tells the story of Pueblo artist Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso) and her iconic black pottery. This inspiring book teaches children about Maria’s work in sharing Tewa pottery traditions in New Mexico and across the country.

After learning about Maria’s work, Ed will lead the group in creating their own pottery pieces in the IPCC courtyard. The pieces will be fired in a kiln and be available to pick up by the next Saturday, August 3. Due to limited kiln space, attendance will be limited to 40 children.

Free for children and adult family member.

A small sample of the skills developed when children attend Story Time sessions:

  • Increases vocabulary and overall brain development. Improves attention, concentration and listening skills.
  • Increases creativity and imaginative thinking.
  • Social and communication skills development and most importantly, it is fun, and children get to spend quality time with an adult who is important to them-YOU!

Contact Monique Silva at [email protected] 505-212-7046


Edward Lewis III Bio

Edward Lewis III is an artist from the Pueblo of Acoma, which is located 65 miles west of Albuquerque. At the age of eight, he began creating his traditional Acoma pottery. It was his mother, Eva Lewis, who encouraged him to make his first piece. Edward credits his mother and his aunt, Marilyn Ray, for inspiring and mentoring him during his journey.

Edward’s pottery is made from all-natural clay, along with pigments which he creates from sand, clay, mud, dirt, and rock that he personally gathers from his Pueblo. Edward uses these natural materials to create thin wall pottery, which is a Pueblo tradition. All of Edward’s designs, colors, and characters have symbolic meanings which hold a strong connection to his ancestors.

When at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Edward always has his raw materials at his table and enjoys demonstrating as well as answering questions about his art. Edward is very grateful to continue creating his traditional Acoma pottery.