Richard A. Monikowski Guest at La Calle Cuatro Art Studio – Studio #10 6719 4th St. NW
FUNCTIONAL & CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY
In 2018, my wife and I moved back to Albuquerque after living in Rochester NY for almost 25 years. I am originally from Hartford CT but lived in ABQ for about 7 years while we attended graduate school at UNM. My heritage is mixed; I’m half Polish and half Mi’kmaq of the Eel Ground First Nation of Canada. My love for pottery began when we first lived in NM but it wasn’t until 2001 when I took my first pottery class at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education in Rochester NY. I was so enthralled and intrigued by the process of turning lumps of clay into pieces of fine art that I continued my ceramic education at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts and at the NY State School of Ceramics at Alfred University. My work continues to evolve and expand as I experiment with different types of clays, glazes, and glaze applications. My work is inspired by the sky and the mountains and the traditional pottery makers of the American Southwest and the basket makers of my own Mi’kmaq people. In much of my pottery, my designs combine traditional shapes and forms using contemporary methods (i.e., wheel throwing and hand-building). I use a variety of clay bodies including: stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, and micaceous clay; and fire an electric kiln to different temperatures depending on the clay body and glazes used.