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Megan Blume
Antelope Staff
Photo by Megan Blume
Gabriella Claybrooks, a junior psychology major from Ukiah, Calif., creates her encaustic art. Margaret Berry, guest encaustic artist, taught her "Hot Wax/Cool Art" workshop over the weekend.

The smells of paint and pottery wafted through the halls of the Fine Arts Building last weekend during free art workshops by three guest artists. 

Participants had the chance to learn about Hopi-Tewa pottery, encaustic art and silk scarf painting from the experts.

Mark Taboo, guest Hopi pottery artist, introduced traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery making.


Hopi-Tewa pottery comes from First Mesa, Ariz., where it is created on the Hopi Indian reservation.

“The clay is dug from the earth and impurities are filtered out,” Tahbo said. “The bowl is formed in the traditional method of layering coil upon coil.” Hopi pottery is fired outdoors, using sheep manure and old pottery pieces as part of the traditional process.

Tahbo said his work is deeply influenced by his Hopi-Tewa ancestry.


He is the great-grandson of potter Grace Chapella, and he is considered among the leaders in Hopi-Tewa pottery making.

Margaret Berry, guest encaustic artist, taught her popular “Hot Wax/Cool Art” workshop. Encaustic art is the process of using pigmented beeswax, which is applied hot and fused in layers. The “wax paint” can be heated and changed on the canvas. 

“It’s naturalness of the materials that you use, the smell of those things, the feel of wax, and it’s all very seductive,” Berry said.

Berry is an artist-in-residence for the Nebraska Arts Council, a charter member of International Encaustic Artists and has received the Juror’s Prize in the Working in Wax national competition, as well as a first place prize in the American Art Awards.

Inna Kulagina, guest silk painting artist, taught her workshop on silk scarf painting. Kulagina grew up and began creating art in Soviet Central Asia. She has lived in Honduras, Massachusetts, Virginia, Nebraska and was a guest artist in residence in Germany.

“All of my world experiences have given me ample opportunity to look at art from the point of view of different cultures, economies and political systems,” Kulagina said. “My paintings are expressionistic in spirit. The elements and subjects of my paintings have included light, color, landscapes, figures, portraits and thematic compositions.” 

Participants walked away from the unique experience with stained fingers and their very own works of art. The art workshops were part of the second annual Developing Culturally Responsive Teachers Through Collaborative Connections mini-conference.


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