Jami Porter Lara's recent works engage the ancient pueblo pottery tradition to create sculpture inspired by the most iconic and ubiquitous vessel of our time: the plastic bottle.
Taught by Mata Ortiz potters Graciela and Hector Gallegos, Jami makes vessels the way they have been made in the desert southwest for over two thousand years. She digs clay from a site south of Albuquerque, then soaks, strains, and dries it. Vessels are hand-coiled, burnished with a smooth stone, and fired in a scrap-wood bonfire in her front yard.
Jami describes the project as a kind of reverse archaeology: digging into the present and future using tools of the past.
Born in 1969 in Spokane, Washington, Jami has lived in Albuquerque since 1980. She studied Fine Art at the University of New Mexico. Her work is widely collected and has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine, Hyperallergic, and on PBS arts series, Colores. Recent exhibitions include the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Art History, the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
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