BFA06: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Instrument Makers Bruce Taggart and Clint Bear

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with instruments makers Bruce Taggart and Clint Bear by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Bruce and Clint discuss the paths they took to become skilled in their crafts, the many musical and traditions they have engaged with throughout the years, and the techniques and materials unique to their craft,

This interview was recorded live at the 2016 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana.

A few young violin players talk with Bruce Taggart about his instruments

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BFA05: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Potter Tom Wintczak

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with Potter Tom Wintczak by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Tom talks with Jon about the history of his hometown, New Harmony, Indiana, his home studio, the process of making pottery, and how he transitioned from a career in business to working full-time as a potter. This interview was recorded live during a narrative stage with Tom as a part of Indiana University’s Themester programming on beauty.

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BFA04: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Instrument Makers Bill Berg and Tony Artis

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview with dulcimer maker Bill Berg and  drum maker Tony Artis by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Bill and Tony discuss how they began making instruments, their building processes, passing on their traditions, and the communal significance of their respective crafts.

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Drum maker Tony Artis teaches a girl some drumming techniques.

Bill Berg plays one of his dulcimers for a visitor.

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BFA03: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Bowl Hewer Keith Ruble and Weaver Dee Nierman

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview of bowl hewer Keith Ruble and fourth generation weaver Dee Nierman by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode Keith and Dee discuss how they learned their craft, the significance of their craft for their families and communities in past times, and the importance that practical, hands-on creativity has for the present and future.

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Dee Norman with family member displaying wool rugs.

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Keith Ruble at work on an Indiana shaped bowl.

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BFA02: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Psyanky Maker Carol Powers and Rosemaler Jan Boettcher

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview of pysanky maker Carol Powers and rosemaler Jan Boettcher by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode Jan and Carol discuss how they learned about their crafts, the importance of arts education, and teaching their tradition to future generations.  

The music featured in this episode is from the album October Dreams by Jon Kay

Jan Boettcher's rosemaling pieces

Jan Boettcher’s rosemaling pieces

Carol Power's psyanky eggs

Carol Power’s psyanky eggs

 

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BFA01: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Netmaker Larry Haycraft

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview of netmaker Larry Haycraft by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode Larry Haycraft discusses his family’s tradition of making hoopnets used for fishing. He addresses the changes and innovation in his craft over time as well as the importance of the continuation of the tradition. 

The music featured in this episode is from the album A Night at the Grind by Jon Kay. 

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November First Thursday Event

On November 3rd Traditional Arts Indiana set up our tents once again for Indiana University’s monthly First Thursdays event. This month TAI featured instrument makers from a diverse set of traditions. Dulcimer maker Bill Berg displayed some traditional dulcimers and a recently crafted hammered dulcimer, playing each in turn to demonstrate how the instruments produce sound. He also displayed some of the tools and unfinished woods that he uses to construct his instruments.

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Next door M. and David Roach displayed their handmade, fire glazed—think raku pottery—ocarinas. While M. demonstrated the process of forming the instruments out of clay, David showed interested event goers how to play them.

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A few steps away Iuri Santos (graduate assistant’s note—he’s the guy who does Rastapops!!) and a fellow capoeira player alternated between demonstrating the construction of berimbaus and playing the berimbaus while singing.

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Our programming integrated nicely with the displays and interactive activities provided by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and many people flowed naturally from listening to and discussing the instruments demonstrated by these artists over to the Mather’s instrument petting zoo and their instrument crafting table.

Traditional Arts Indiana will not be present at the final First Thursday event of the semester, but we hope you will go out and enjoy this excellent program on the first Thursday of December.

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Hooiser Homecoming

On Saturday, October 15th, Traditional Arts Indiana participated in the culminating event for Indiana’s Bicentennial: Hoosier Homecoming. This event, held at the statehouse in Indianapolis, featured musical acts, cultural organizations, speeches from political figures of the region, and the torch relay’s finale. TAI set up along one whole corridor of the area surrounding the statehouse, creating a space in which participants could learn about Indiana crafts, witness artists craft pieces from their respective traditions, and speak to those artists about their crafts and traditions. A wide array of Indiana craft and artistic expression was on display, as all of the following excellent craftspeople were present: basket maker Viki Graber, bead artist Katrina Mitten, pysanky maker Carol Powers, rosemaler Jan Boettcher, furniture maker Greg Adams, decoy maker John Bundy, Bowl Hewer Keith Ruble, members of the Sisters of the Cloth quilting guild, and netmaker Larry Haycraft. Please enjoy the following pictures from the event:

Traditional Arts Indiana tents as far as the eye can see!

Traditional Arts Indiana tents as far as the eye can see!

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Greg Adams works on the finishing touches of a willow-topped table.

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Greg Adams and John Bundy’s demonstration area complete with admirers!

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Carved pieces by John Bundy in honor of the bicentennial.

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Keith Ruble discusses bowl hewing with an interested group of military personnel.

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Keith Ruble demonstrating bowl hewing while working on an Indiana-shaped bowl!

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Larry Haycraft and his son demonstrate net making.

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Carol Power’s and Jan Boettcher’s demonstration space.

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Carol Powers demonstrates pysanky making for an interested event goer.

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Some beautiful example of rosemaling by Jan Boettcher.

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Katrina Mitten demonstrating beadwork on a teal vest.

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Viki Graber demonstrating basket making with willows.

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An event goer signs a quilt square for the Sister of the Cloth’s guest quilt.

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Deep quilting discussions occur.

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Everyone together displaying their work! (plus graduate assistants).

 

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Everyone together displaying their work! (plus Jon Kay!)

 

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The Bicentennial Exhibit’s Last Stop: Join Us at the Brown County Public Library!

The 2016 Bicentennial Exhibit

The 2016 Bicentennial Exhibit

For that past several months, the staff at TAI has been traveling the state displaying our exhibit “Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation”. In celebration of the state’s bicentennial and Indiana’s rich folk arts tradition, we have taken this display to state parks, arts and music festivals, state historic sites, and finally to public libraries. On Friday, November 11th, TAI will be presenting our bicentennial exhibit at the Brown County Public Library from 4:00pm–7:00pm. This event is our last official bicentennial event of the year. We have had so much fun seeing the state of Indiana; meeting visitors; and most of all, we have enjoyed developing relationships with our artists over the past year. The events that we organize and the exhibits we create, would not be possible without the hard work, talent and participation of traditional artists. 

Several bowls by hewer, Keith Ruble

Several bowls by hewer, Keith Ruble

On Friday Nov. 11th, we will have several artists present at the library demonstrating their crafts and taking questions from the public. They are Larry Haycraft (hoopnet maker), Keith Ruble (bowl hewer), Viki Graber (willow basket weaver), Katrina Mitten (Miami bead artist), and Jan Boettcher (rosemaler).

Please join us on Friday to see the work of these skilled artisans and to see the bicentennial exhibit displayed for the last time (or at least for a while). We are proud of the work we have done for the state’s bicentennial, and we are glad that so many people were able to visit us at some of our events this year. 

Friday’s event is free and open to the public. The address to the Brown County Public Library is 205 Locust Lane, Nashville, IN 47448. Please check out the library’s website for driving directions and more information. Also, please see TAI’s blog and facebook page for more information about our programs. 

From left, TAI staffers Maria Zeringue and Emily Burke. On the right, TAI Director, Jon Kay

From left, TAI staffers Maria Zeringue and Emily Burke. On the right, TAI Director, Jon Kay

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Traditional Arts Indiana at IU Bloomington’s October First Thursday Event

In conjunction with IU Bloomington’s Themester on beauty, the Office of the Provost is hosting a series of free festivals throughout the fall semester on the first Thursday of each month. Each event includes live music, dance and theatre; hands-on arts, crafts, and games, treasure hunts and prizes; and free as well as purchasable food. Traditional Arts Indiana is contributing programming to each of these events throughout the semester, presenting a number of artists and craftspeople and displaying exhibits relating to regional folk art. September’s First Thursday Event featured willow furniture maker, Greg Adams; blacksmith, John Bennett; decoy maker, John Bundy; and basket maker Viki Graber.

Casey Winningham demonstrates hand carving techniques.

Casey Winningham demonstrates hand carving techniques.

For the most recent event on October 6th, TAI highlighted Indiana’s limestone heritage. Local limestone carvers, Casey Winningham, Matt Bruce, and Will Galloway participated in the event, and TAI’s limestone exhibit was also on display. Casey, whose expertise is with lettering for monuments and gravestones, demonstrated carving by hand with a chisel

Casey Winningham demonstrating hand carving techniques.

Casey Winningham at work.

and mallet, showing event goers key techniques for creating clean lines and three dimensional shadowing with carved lettering. Alongside his workspace he displayed examples of his work.

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Matt Bruce teaches festival attendee how to use the air chisel.

Matt Bruce, well known for his inventive pieces such as giant scissors and pocket knives that can actually open and close, loaded his compressor onto his truck and brought it with him to the event so that he could demonstrate air chiseling for the crowd. Matt not only demonstrated with the air chisel, he also taught event goers of all ages how to hold the chisel and use it to carve into the piece of limestone he brought for the purpose.

Will Galloway describing process of limestone carving.

Will Galloway describing the process of limestone carving.

For the first part of the event award-winning carver Will Galloway displayed projects at various points of completion, talking interested event goers through the journey a piece takes from its conceptualization to its completion. As the evening drew on Will moved over to demonstrate and teach hand carving techniques at Matt’s table and Casey joined them to talk carving techniques. This gave festival goers the opportunity to learn two methods of carving and hear some of the differences between various carvers’ approach to the craft. It was an excellent end to the evening and provided an experience that melded education and hands on experience wonderfully.

Will Galloway watches as event goer tries her hand at chiseling.

We hope you will join us at the next First Thursday event in November to talk with craftspeople and see them demonstrate and teach their craft!

 

 

 

Casey Winningham, Matt Bruce, and Will Galloway in deep discussion.

Casey Winningham, Matt Bruce, and Will Galloway in deep discussion.

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