#MMIWG2: Tears for....

Type of art: Pottery



The murdered and missing Indigenous Women and Girls movement is very integral for me. Not only the many who have not been found or brought home, but I myself; could have been a victim, a statistic, to this awful trend happening all over North America. I was lost for many years, I used to call myself "damaged". But I was merely broken, by sexual assault and rape beginning at a very young age. This piece honors those women and girls that have been taught they are not valid or worthy due to past traumas. We tend to continue this traumatic mode in our lifestyles; which leads to irrevocable damage. I continue to heal & wish healing for so many. This trend needs to stop!

Materials: White earthenware clay, red glaze & wampum pieces (quahog shell)

Technique: Hand coiled, carved and etched. Kiln fired

Size: 10" H x 7" D x 7" W

Price: $5,000
Brenda Hill
Brenda Hill, First Nations Tuscarora, Mohawk, Mississippi Choctaw & Cape Verdean, is a contemporary Native American potter practicing traditional techniques in order to create clay forms influenced by the past and present. Inspired by her late mother and grandfather respectively; Diosa Summers and Stan Hill Sr., she uses pottery to continue the legacy and to teach others the traditions of her Native culture. Brenda is an award-winning potter who honors her family and culture with her simply, elegant art. Her current work incorporates aspects from historic Haudenosaunee wampum belts, beadwork, and pottery. While utilizing more contemporary shapes and forms evolved from Brenda's own creative style. A complementary juxtaposition of old and new. Her interaction with the clay of the Earth reflects a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, Native traditions, and the natural world. She uses wampum in her clay work, a way to pay homage to the centuries old form of communication for the
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