Rosa Nejo of the Campo band of Kumeyaay, and Ariana Kier- Olla Ceramics.

Olla (oy-ya)

An unglazed form, with a wide belly and narrow neck, using natural accessible materials, filters water, irrigates crops, stores wet or dry goods, central to family traditions and spiritual practices. It’s prevalent shape is found around the globe, even from cultures that had not interacted with one another. This intersection and promotion of art, science and culture is the mission of Olla. How can we remember all that soil has done for us? And bring it into the modern day, adding the skills and technology we have now? Can we invent new concepts informed by and credited to the indigenous cultures that laid their framework? Can nature help us in this venture, so we can remember we are not separate from it? How do labs flow from forest to dry room? Apple to the Amazon? With all of our resources and intellect how do we find a holistic way forward?

Fragments of collected pigments, Olla Ceramics studio

Lake bed slip from Los Gatos, CA

Oceanic pterpod slip, powdered shale and fault canyon clay on mountain earthenware vase, 2023

Iron rich, earthenware clay under a microscope. Parent material predominantly decomposed granite, 2022.

Krebs Cycle of Creativity ll, Neri Oxman of The Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab in 2018.

Processing wild stoneware from the Scottish Highlands, 2022.

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