Indian Territorial Genealogical and Historical Society to meet Sept. 30
Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti, left, shares information about a piece of her pottery work during a March 2007 pottery exhibition at the Cherokee Heritage Center. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The monthly meeting of the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 30 in Northeastern State University’s John Vaughn Library in the Ballenger Genealogy Room.
This month’s speaker is Cherokee potter and Cherokee National Treasure, Jane Osti.
She was born in the Rocky Ford area north of Tahlequah. She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at NSU in 1989 and later earned a master’s of science degree at NSU in 1992.
While at NSU she began learning how to make pottery and sculptures with instructor Jerry Choate. In 1989, she met renowned Cherokee potter and Cherokee National Treasure Anna Mitchell who became her mentor and friend, introducing her to traditional Cherokee pottery making and designs.
By 1991, Jane had traveled and exhibited her traditional, woodlands and mound builders-inspired earthenware and Raku pottery in various museums and Indian markets. She has won prestigious awards and garnered the interest of international collectors.
Osti was one of the youngest Cherokee artists to be named a National Treasure by the Cherokee Nation in 2005. Currently, she teaches classes in her Tahlequah studio and creates clay sculptured and slab built mask, platters, pots and shields that are often inspired by woodland arts and artifacts. Her works depict abstract animals, landscape and nature imagery.
She uses traditional wooden paddles carved in intricate patterns to enhance the beauty of her work while maintaining ancient traditions.
Visitors are welcome to attend the Sept. 30 ITGHS meeting. For more information, call 918-444-3320 or 918-444-3221.