Native American artist selected for Scottsdale Public Art residency

Artist Ron Carlos (submitted photo)

Artist Ron Carlos (submitted photo)

Scottsdale Public Art has announced Native American ceramic artist Ron Carlos as the “Artist at Work” for the Creative Residency at the Scottsdale Livery Studio Space during September 2016.

Mr. Carlos is a descendant of both Pima and Maricopa tribes and is an enrolled tribal member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community located east of Scottsdale.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Carlos has been practicing the traditional “paddle and anvil” pottery-making technique with hand-processed clay and paint gathered from natural sources within the SRPMIC. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Mr. Carlos is a teacher and mentor, passing along the traditional craft of pottery-making in the way of his ancestors to the members of his community, according to a press release.

Scottsdale Public Art will be hosting four events for the public during Ron Carlos’ Creative Residency. These exclusive events will include a free screening of “Paddle and Anvil: a Piipaash Pottery Tradition” about Mr. Carlos and his traditional method, directed by Native filmmaker and artist Steven Yazzie, and a traditional red-clay pottery painting workshop taught by Mr. Carlos.

“Paddle and Anvil” Pottery-Making Demonstration with Ron Carlos

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Free to the public
  • Scottsdale Livery, 3804 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale

Paddle and Anvil: a Piipaash Pottery Tradition Documentary Film Screening and Q-and-A with Director Steven Yazzie and Artist Ron Carlos

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Free to the public.
  • Scottsdale Livery, 3804 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale

Red Clay Pottery Painting Workshop with Ron Carlos

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. $25 per person.
  • Scottsdale Livery, 3804 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale

Each participant will receive one plain pot made by Mr. Carlos to paint with the locally mined, natural red-clay paint. They will be fired by Mr. Carlos at his home, the release stated. The public is not allowed to attend the firing, however Scottsdale Public Art staff will be on site to document the process.

Participants can pick up their fired pot and view the firing documentation at the Creative Residency closing reception on Sept. 29.

Tickets on sale Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, online at or by calling 480-499-8587.

Ron Carlos Creative Residency Closing Reception

  • 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Free to the public.
  • Scottsdale Livery, 3804 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale

Ron Carlos will lead a conversation about the firing process and the “paddle and anvil” pottery tradition, with photos of his firing process on view. Workshop attendees can pick up their finished pots at this event.

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