Without question the most outstanding and coveted Grand Award of all the APS World Series Of Philately shows is the full size Kachina doll.
F. Burton “Bud” Sellers Memorial Grand Award
This years Kachina is carved by noted Hopi artist Donald Lomawunu SOCKYMA. He is part of the Sun Clan and resides at Third Mesa in Kykotsmori, AZ. He has earned a reputation as one of the “hot, young Hopi carvers”. The Katsina doll is entitled the “Holi” Wise Man. He is a well known custom woodworker that specializes in Kachina dolls. He is known for the perfection of his carvings, which he has been doing since the age of seven. He is the son of noted Kachina carver Bennett Sockyma.
Using only a pocket knife for his carving, Donald works on only one figure at a time, unlike some other carvers. The Kachinas are carved from a piece of cottonwood root embellished with paint and/or stain, and finally rubbed with linseed oil, to protect the wood and bring out the grain.
Mr. Donald Sockyma, can be reached at P. O. Box 292, Kykotsmori, AZ. 86039. Tel: 928.734.0250.
Reserve Grand Award
This Haaku Traditional Acoma Pueblo Pottery Seed Vase was designed by noted artist Berlin Estevan. She was born into the Pueblo of Acoma in the Year 1975; to the Sun and little Oak Clan. At the age of eight, she learned the fundamentals of making Traditional Acoma Pottery from her Grandmother, Lucy Juanico. Grandmother showed her where to get the clay. She also taught her the prayers, songs and methods. Grandma told her to speak to the clay so it can speak to you. The clay used for her pottery is gathered near old Acoma “Sky City.” It is dried in the sun. Boiled water is first poured on the clay to remove any foreign sand, roots or paint that might be within the clay. Her clay will be grinded and sifted into a large pan. The clays are then soaked. Old broken fired pottery is gathered for grinding and sifting to serve as a temper that binds the clay together. Then the raw clay and pottery shards are mixed to form the clay she uses for her pottery. A stone rubbing process called wedging is used to remove any air bubbles. This will prevent the pottery from popping upon firing. Pottery is built using the coil method; tools used are gourds and lava rocks. Pottery is then dried and natural paints from the earth are used to decorate the piece. A white slip gathered from the earth is used for shining to make the vessel smooth. Yucca is used as a paint brush to line and fill in the pottery designs.
Ms. Berleen Estevan, aka Miss Bee, can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or at P. O. Box 141, San Fidel, NM. 87049. Tel: 505.205.6471
Single Frame Grand Award
This Katsina doll is entitled “Hopi Red Beard Katsina” @ 2016 and is by noted carver Mr. Randy Dukepoo. Randy is Hopi/Laguna from First Mesa, AZ., village of Sichomovi. He is a member of the Katsina/Parrot clan. His carved Katsina is in the form of a feather, representing a Hopi prayer feather. It is made out of poplar with a cottonwood root base. One side of the doll is bevelled and one side is flat. The design is wood burned and then stained before the acrylic paint is applied and sealed with sealer in order to attain a nice smooth finish.
Mr. Randy Dukepoo can be reached by telephone at 734.216.4546 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single Frame Reserve Grand Award
This hand coiled vase is by artist Corrine Louis of Acoma, NM. She is from the Pueblo and is published in several books. She has received numerous awards throughout the country. Her hand coiled pots are painted with a yucca brush. This traditional method of painting was taught to her by her mother Carrie Chino-Charlie and her grandmother, Marie Z. Chino. Corrine continues to use the original colors of the orange and black on white.
Corrine Louis can be reached by telephone at 505.259.1037 or you can write her at P. O. Box 350, Acoma, NM. 87034. She can also be contacted at www.acomahorsehairpottery.com.
Peoples Choice Award
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THE FOLLOWING AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE AWARDS BANQUET ON SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 18, 2017: