Cherokee Nation opens Jane Osti exhibit at Saline Courthouse Museum

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/05/2020 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
“Jane Osti: Our Pottery, Our People” opens to the public Nov. 3 and runs through Dec. 26 at the Saline Courthouse Museum near Rose. COURTESY
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The exhibit showcases Jane Osti’s iconic work and provides an up-close look at the history and revitalization of Cherokee pottery throughout the years. Select items in the exhibit will be available for purchase. COURTESY
ROSE – The Cherokee Nation is showcasing the pottery of Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti in a new exhibit at the Saline Courthouse Museum. 

“Jane Osti: Our Pottery, Our People” opens to the public Nov. 3 and runs through Dec. 26.

The exhibit showcases Osti’s iconic work and provides an up-close look at the history and revitalization of Cherokee pottery throughout the years. Select items in the exhibit will be available for purchase.

“Jane’s career essentially bridges all eras of Cherokee pottery, as it’s inspired by the traditions practiced for centuries by our ancestors who formed clay into vessels long before our first European contact,” Krystan Moser, CN manager of cultural collections and exhibits, said. “She learned her craft directly from the woman who brought this once-lost art form back to the Cherokee Nation, and she has worked passionately to share her knowledge and experience with others to further preserve and promote Cherokee pottery for generations to come.”

While attending Northeastern State University, Osti trained under the late Cherokee National Treasure and Master Potter Anna Belle Sixkiller Mitchell. Mitchell is widely credited with single-handedly reviving traditional pottery in the CN.

In 2005, Osti’s passion and dedication were recognized by the tribe when she, too, received the National Treasure distinction. She was second to only her mentor in receiving the distinguished award for work in pottery. 

The Saline Courthouse is the last of nine district courthouses built in the 1800s by the CN. After years of ongoing work to restore, preserve and modernize the structure, the CN reopened the site in August as its newest cultural museum.

CN museums are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 1-877-779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

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