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Chase Kahwinhut Earles

Traditional Caddo Pottery Demonstration

February 22-23-24, 2024

Chase Kawinhut EarlesTTU School of Art proudly presents Caddo artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles in a three-day artist-in-residency, presented in collaboration with the LHUCA Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio. Chase Kahwinhut Earles works using traditional Caddo pottery methods. He starts with wild harvested and hand-processed  clay and employs hand-coiled clay building to form his vessels. Vessels are hand-burnished, decorated with scrolling designs and finally pit fired.  

Earles will provide a hand-building demonstration consisting of 2-3 hour sessions over two days demonstrating every aspect of his process. On the final day, he will demonstrate a traditional pit firing of a clay vessel. The first two days will be at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts – Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio.The pit firing demonstration will take place at the TTU 3D Art Annex (3216 Main Street on campus) on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, February 22nd, 1:00 – 4:00 PM at LHUCA Clay Studio
Introduction to traditional clay working methods including clay harvesting, clay processing and preparing. Introduction to the coil forming process. Attendees will be able to touch raw, wild clay, and workable clay after it has been processed.

Friday, Feb 23rd, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM at LHUCA Clay Studio
Continuation of the artwork building process including prepping and burnishing of pottery surfaces.

Earles pit fire

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2;30-5:30 PM at TTU 3D Art Annex Kiln Yard Using prepared, burnished and green vessels, Earles will demonstrate the traditional Caddo pit firing method.

These sessions are free and open to the public.


Generous support for this artist-in-residency comes from the John F. and Ryla T. Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts in the TTU School of Art.