TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is featuring pottery makers Ron Carlos and Jacob Butler on Sunday, November 15 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
"The skill and patience required in making container art in the traditional Native American style takes years of study and practice to master" said park Superintendent Karl Pierce, in a recent release. "This weekend we will feature two talented artisans who will share their art, methods of creating that art, and stories of how they came to value their heritage through their art."
There is no additional fee for the special presentation, but visitors must enter the visitor center and pay the usual park entrance fees.
In the atrium, Ron Carlos and Jacob Butler will be displaying their pottery and art creations. Ron makes pottery in the traditional style of the O'odham people using the paddle and anvil technique. He uses locally mined natural clays that are hand dug and hand processed by Ron and his family. All of his pottery is "cooked" on an open fire using mesquite wood and cottonwood bark. Jacob does the design work on the pottery using all natural pigment and no commercial materials.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.