Fire, Clay and a Love of Tradition...
Lisa Rutherford is a traditionalist carrying on the fine crafts of her ancestors. A member of the Cherokee Nation, Lisa produces some of her pottery while working as a docent at the 1710 Cherokee Village located in Talequah, Oklahoma. Traditional tools and methods are used to build her museum quality hand coiled pots. Surfaces are incised with textiles, walnuts, corn cobs, cordage or hand carved traditional wood panels, an art that was brought back to life.
Lisa doesn't limit her artisitc abilities to pottery. She also produces feather capes, beadwork and Cherokee attire. She is constantly exploring the past to bring fine arts and crafts into the present. Her work has been seen in museums across the United States and been featured in numerous shows. She has won awards for her pieces. Several of her creations are in the permanent collection of museums.
Tallgrass Art Gallery in historic Pawhuska, Oklahoma is proud to represent Lisa Rutherford and share these traditional Native American fine crafts with our guests. Lisa currently has pots in gallery as well as her turtles and will be bringing more pieces in the future.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery