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Joel McHorse and Christine McHorse, 2014
Joel McHorse and Christine McHorse, 2014

Joel McHorse is a son of noted potter Christine McHorse. He learned to make pottery from his mother and began making pottery in the 1990's. His early work was a combination of traditional Navajo shapes and incised designs along with his own distinctive silver work that he used as finials on the lids. He took nearly a decade away from the clay to become an architect. Joel said of his early work, "The successes of form and composition that I see in my pottery I try to utilized in my architecture." The opposite could be said today as the success of his architectural career has created a new direction in his work in the clay and especially in silver. Joel's pottery can be found in museums such as the IAIA Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Peabody Essex and the Heard Museum. His work is unique and timely and definitely a potter to watch!