Please join us for a special pottery event on November 25, from 1-4pm at the GBH Studio, 3359 NE 72nd Ave.
PWS alum Orion Shannon O’Brien Langdon ’07 will be bringing his micaceous clay cookware from Northern New Mexico for a show and tasting. He makes hand coiled cooking vessels and cups from clay harvested in the wild, generous mountains of his current home. Orion’s work is one of many iterations of the ever-evolving, centuries-old tradition of pottery making in New Mexico. Micaceous clay cooking pots are beautiful, durable, hold heat well, and can be used in the oven or directly on the stovetop. Orion will be showing his work, answering questions about this clay body and serving food cooked in micaceous pots.
From his website:
About the Maker: Orion has been working with his hands all his life. He has spent time as a lobsterman, shepherd, cook, filmmaker, artist and writer. He has studied with renowned master potter Felipe Ortega. He strives to make work whose beauty does justice to it’s wild mountain origins and brings sustenance and vitality to people’s homes.
About Mica Pottery: Pottery is one of the oldest human arts and people have been using clay cookware for centuries. All of the micaceous clay used in these vessels is hand dug with reverence and ceremony in Northern New Mexico. These pots are all hand-built using the coil and scrape technique. They are the most current iteration of the Jicarilla Apache pottery tradition as taught by Felipe Ortega. There are no additives or glazes. All of the pots are polished with a micaceous slip which gives them their distinctive sparkle and shine. Micaceous cookware is safe for use in ovens, on gas or electric range tops, over a campfire and even in the microwave.
Featured image of micaceous clay casserole from Orion’s website: handtomountain.com.