Born in December of 1921 and raised on the Qualla Boundary, Cherokee, NC, Amanda Swimmer has earned the reputation of being the most famous living Cherokee Indian traditional potter. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, she taught herself to make pottery after finding a deposit of clay near her home in the Big Cove community high in the Western North Carolina mountains on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. She later spent many years making her pots and selling them at Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee honing her skills t
Amanda Swimmer has never used a potters wheel. All of her pots are hand made, larger ones using traditional Cherokee methods, i.e., the coil method ~ Smaller pieces are completely formed by hand. Her pots are pit-fired ~ their varied coloration derived from different wood types along with placement, firing time and temperature. She smoothes her pots using river stones and designs them with home made tools, paddles and seashells. A recipient of the 1994 NC Folk Heritage award, Amanda Swimmer's work is displayed in museums in North Carolina, Washington DC, and New Mexico.
This TINY TREASURE was purchased directly from Amanda Swimmer ~ It is one of the very few miniature wedding vases we've seen in our years of collecting. As is always the case... the tiniest pieces are the toughest to make.
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