Taina, Taller de Artes Isla Nina Association / Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Pottery Project~ 1993
In 1993 Gregory Wood
conducted an authentic Taino (the
people who met Colombus)
replica pottery workshop in Puerto Rico as part of a Taina, Taller de Artes
Isla Nina Association and
Institute of Puerto Rican Culture project. This five week workshop took place on the island of Vieques, Puerto
Rico and was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the
Arts and Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. It was also supported in part by the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum.
of this pottery project was to utilize regional archaeological references and
only local prehistorically available materials, tools, and
techniques to produce viable pottery products for the growing tourist market. Connections were
made between the prehistoric Taino potters of the past and the modern resident potters of
Puerto Rico to emphasize cultural relevance. The goal of this project was to
help establish a sustainable pottery market on the island of Vieques and to teach a
trade to disadvantaged inhabitants. See photo essay of seminar below.
Taina, Taller de Artes Isla Nina Association / Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Pottery Project ~Fall 1993~ Photo Essay
Each Link below leads to a larger picture and description.