Prepare for the Fair

A series of talks and demonstrations is being offered by the 2016 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market in anticipation of the Fair. The theme of the series is the same as the theme of the Fair, “Celebrating the Art of Pottery.” If you are new to purchasing American Indian art or have never been to an American Indian fine art fair, this is the place to start.

The first lecture, held at the January Guild meeting, is a pottery overview and the kick-off for the 2016 Indian Fair & Market. In addition to the speaker, several Fair Committee Chairs will share “Behind the Scene at the Fair”. Fair merchandise will be available at pre-Fair prices and Best of Show Drawing tickets will be on sale. Click here to see the Best of Show Drawing prizes.

The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions are in-depth presentations covering historic and contemporary pottery. Each session will be enhanced by an assortment of pottery examples. There will also be a hands-on paddle-and-anvil pottery-making and firing experience. The last session will focus on contemporary jewelry and turquoise.


Prepare for the Fair Sessions

The Prepare for the Fair series is supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.





Fees and Registration

Advance registration is required.

Advance registration closes January 22, 2016, for Pottery

Advance registration closes February 11, 2016, for Turquoise & Pottery

$20.00 fee for the pottery series–SOLD OUT

  • Dwight Lanmon and Al Qoyawayma
  • Diana Pardue and Nora Naranjo-Morse
  • Robert Tenorio and Bruce McGee

$10.00 fee for the jewelry session: Dexter Cirillo and Gene Waddell

$10.00 for Hands On Pottery Class with Ron Carlos — SOLD OUT

FREE for pottery-firing and film premier with Ron Carlos and Steve Yazzie

For more information and to register, contact Maryann Fast:

Pottery Making Video

Learn from Ron Carlos (Piipaash) how to make paddle and anvil pottery. The Guild commissioned the video produced by Steven Yazzie especially for this year’s Indian Fair & Market.  At the premier on February 11, Ron Carlos and Steven Yazzie will talk about making the film.  For more information click here.



Allen Dart

Archaeologist Allen Dart shows Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific areas in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1300, and discusses how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways. He discusses the importance of context in archaeology, how the things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying different cultures and for dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2000 to 700 years ago, as a prelude to the Heard Guild’s  January 28 and February 4 and 11 post-1300 Southwest pottery lecture series.


Dexter Cirillo

A noted authority on Native American jewelry, Dexter Cirillo is author of the highly successful Southwestern Indian Jewelry (New York: Abbeville Press, 1992) and Southwestern Indian Jewelry- Crafting New Traditions (New York: Rizzoli, 2008), winner of the 2008 New Mexico Book Award for best art book. She has written extensively on jewelry for American Indian Art Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine over the years. The 2015 Santa Fe Indian Market was her 32nd consecutive Indian Market. Some of her other publications include Across Frontiers – Hispanic Crafts of New Mexico and The Third Woman: Minority Women Writers of the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She and her husband, Dennis, live in southern Colorado.

Dwight Lanmon

Dwight Lanmon, a student and collector of Pueblo pottery, was a research associate at both the Indian Arts Research Center of the School for Advanced Research and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. He is the co-author with Frank Harlow of four comprehensive books on the pottery of the Zia, Santa Ana, Zuni, and Acoma Pueblos. He is director emeritus of the Winterthur Museum and former director of the Corning Museum of Glass. He and his wife now reside in Phoenix.

Bruce McGee

bruceI was born on the Navajo reservation at Ganado, Arizona.  My parents and uncle had the Trading Posts at Keams Canyon and Polacca, both  on the Hopi reservation.  My elementary school years were at Keams Canyon, Arizona.  We moved to Holbrook, Arizona where I attended High School.  Later I went on to college at Brigham Young University for 1 year, then transferred to Arizona State University for 1 year.  I dropped out of school to help my father at his Trading Post at Pinon, Arizona where I worked under Bill Malone, a noted trader who later went to the Hubbell Trading Post as the manager.  Bill instilled in me the love for Navajo rugs and the weavers.  In 1966 I transferred to our store at Polacca Trading Post as the manager, then moved on to Keams Canyon Trading Post in 1970 as the manager.  My brother and I bought my father out in 1972 and continued the operation, adding a gallery in Holbrook, Arizona in 1990.  It was the year 1998 that Byron Hunter (past manager of the Heard shop) contacted me and asked if I would have an interest in going to the Heard.  I arrived at the Heard on July 1998 and have remained since.  I sold my interest in the trading business to my younger brother in 2000.  I am married to Marlene, and we have 2 boys and 2 girls and now have 13 grandchildren all living in the Valley.

Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara)

I live on the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation in Northern New Mexico. Both of my parents were Tewa Indians. My father’s name was Mitchell. He was a part-time builder and full-time problem solver. Mitchell was quick with any tool and remarkable when it came to getting himself out of a fix. My mother’s name was Rose. Rose heard collectionworked with clay and raised nine children. She was a survivor who navigated through life on her instincts and a third grade education. The people I come from have given me traits that as I get older, become more valuable. I too am a builder. I helped construct my mud brick home 35 years ago. I built my own studio where I work every day creating. I make art inspired by culture, social issues, and environmental concerns. And like my father, I’m getting better at getting myself out of a fix.  I have shown at the White House (Washington DC), The Canadian Museum of Civilization (Ottawa, Canada), The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington DC), Site Santa Fe (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Akiyoshidai International Art Village (Japan).

Diana Pardue

dianaDiana Pardue is Curator of Collections at the Heard Museum, where she has worked since 1978. Her curatorial work has focused on both historic and contemporary American Indian arts particularly jewelry and pottery. She received the 2009 Curatorial Excellence Award from the Apple Valley Foundation in California for the exhibit Mothers & Daughters: Stories in Clay. Her publications include Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry co-authored with Norman Sandfield (2011), Shared Images: The Innovative Jewelry of Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird (2007), Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry (2007), The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry and Metalwork (1997), and Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art co-authored with Kathleen Howard (1996).

Mark Tahbo (HopiTewa)

Mark Tahbo with tiles1 Mark Tahbo has been a potter since he was in high school. He comes from a long line of outstanding potters, the most famous of whom is his great-grandmother Grace Chapella. He is the grandson of her daughter, Alma Tahbo. He knew as a child that working in clay, being a potter, was his calling.   Mr. Tahbo now also serves as a mentor to young people, and for over 20 years has given workshops in Idyllwild, California.

Mr. Tahbo typically works in black and red on yellow jars. His stahbo 1tyles range from classical to innovative shapes. His vessels are designed with precision and polished to perfection. Mr. Tahbo is recognized as a master potter and has received numerous awards for his work; they include the Overall Prize at Indian Market in Santa Fe and Best of Division at the Heard Museum Indian Fair.

Robert Tenorio (Santo Domingo)

tenorioRobert Tenorio was born in 1950 into the Santo Domingo “Kewa” Pueblo. He has been working with clay since the age of 10. He was taught the fundamentals of hand coiling pottery using ancient traditional methods from his family members. Lupe Tenorio shared some of her special techniques with Robert and helped inspire him to continue pottery work. His inspiration also stemmed from his admiration of the old pottery of his village.tenorio 2

Robert specializes in hand-coiled traditional Santo Domingo pottery. Robert is continuously experimenting with different types of plants in hopes of making the special black color which was used on pottery several hundred years ago.


Gene Waddell

waddellGene Waddell and his family have been in the turquoise and Indian jewelry business for 76 years. His father and mother, B.C. and Jean, began in Gallup, New Mexico, in the late 1930’s where they owned the “West Y Trading Post.” They later became owners of the Fox turquoise mine and brokered turquoise for most of the mines in Arizona

In 1972, Gene became involved in the business where he learned to cut turquoise cabochons and beads that were sold to traders and native craftsmen to set in jewelry.

Gene became a partner in the Lone Mountain turquoise mine near Tonopah, Nevada in 1979 and then later became involved in Indian jewelry where he supplied and worked with many of the great jewelry artists of the contemporary art movement.

Gene presently owns “Waddell Trading Gallery” on Main Street in Scottsdale. He has seen the supply and demand for turquoise change over the last 45 years and with it, its value.   He is sought after for his knowledge of turquoise and the finest contemporary Native American jewelry. Gene has been featured in several books and articles as well as, exhibits from Santa Fe, New York, and Scottsdale.