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Richard Zane Smith, Non-Pueblo, Large polychrome jar with tiny coils and geometric design Last month
Artist: Richard Zane Smith
Pueblo: Non-Pueblo
Dimensions: 20 1/2 in H by 18 1/2 in Dia
Item Number: xxmmd8221
Price: $ CALL
Description: Large polychrome jar with tiny coils and geometric design Last month
Condition: Excellent
Signature: Richard Zane Smith Wyandotte descendant
Date Created: 1989
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Richard Zane Smith

Richard Zane Smith
Textured polychrome jar with an organic opening

Richard Zane Smith (Sǫhahiyǫ "he has a good road" was born on August 18, 1955 and grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area. In 1973 he graduated from University City High School in University City, MO. From there he attended Meramec Community College in St. Louis, graduating in 1975 with an Associate of Arts Degree. Then in 1976 he studied ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO.

Richard is an enrolled tribal member of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, recognized as a sister nation by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and the Wendat Nation of Wendake, PQ, Canada. He has been very active over the years in efforts to pass on his tribe's oral history, ancient arts and native language to today's Wyandot youth.

Richard's own statement:

"I am thankful to my family for their support and encouragement, and to my parents who gave me an insatiable appetite to seek the truth. To all my First Nations brothers and sisters, and all the children who urge me on by their love of singing in Wyandot and their love of storytelling.

I'm most grateful to my wife Carol, my constant companion for 37 years, her steadfastness, her friendship, her patient love and thoughtfulness. Above all I'm thankful to our Creator who is more mysterious and greater than anything I could have ever imagined."

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS that refer to Richard Zane Smith

  • "Beauty Speaks for Us" - Book published by the Heard Museum, photo and writing.
  • "American Art Collector" - Magazine, issue 118, August 2015 article pp. 162-163.
  • "The Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection" - Augustana College, 2010, pp. 254-257
  • "Maori Art Market 2009" - Published book/catalog by "Toi Maori Aotearoa" pp. 144-45
  • "Design" - Book by Steven Aimone, Lark Publishers, 2004, pp.20.
  • "In Touch with the Past" - Southwest Art Magazine, Aug. 2003, pp. 154-158.
  • "Changing Hands, Art without Reservation, 1" - American Craft Museum, 2002, Forward by McFadden & Taubman, Merrell Publishers, pp.11, 19, 26, 58, 149, 158, 180, 201
  • "Contemporary Ceramics" - Book by Susan Peterson, Published by Watson Guptill, 2002
  • "Hand Built Ceramics" - Book by Kathy Triplett, Published by Lark Books, 1997, pp. 29, 46, & 50.
  • "The Craft and Art of Clay" - Book by Susan Peterson, Published by Overlook Press, 1996, pp. 180.
  • "The Pottery of Richard Zane Smith" - Ceramics Monthly, Sept. 1992, pp. 58-61.
  • "Modeling" - Book in the Arts and Crafts series, Wayland Publishers, England.
  • "Fired Up! Making Pottery in Ancient Times" - Runestone Press, 1993, pp. 23 & 35, by Rivka Goren.
  • "Art of Clay" - Edited by Lee M. Cohen, Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, NM, 1993, pp.113-119.
  • "Beyond Tradition, Contemporary American Indian Art and Its Evolution" - Book by Jerry and Lois Jacka, Northland Publishing So. 1988, pp. 99 & 194
  • "The New Individualists" - Jerry & Lois Jacka, Arizona Highways, May 1986, pp. 30 & 46.
  • "The Eloquent Object" - Thomas & Marcia Manhart, eds. Tulsa Philbrook Museum of Art, 1987, pp. 35 & 64.


  • 2017 - Heard Museum exhibit in Phoenix AZ, "Beauty Speaks for Us" showing until April
  • 2016 - Commissioned work for the Cultural Resource Museum - Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma
  • 2015 - Commissioned piece for the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Through 2016 - Continual gallery shows - Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2014 - Kokiri Putahi: 2014 - 7th gathering of International Indigenous Visual Artists, New Zealand
    Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi - art exhibition in the Toi Ngapuhi Exhibition
  • 2009 - Invited guest artist - Maori Art Market 2009 Porirua, New Zealand
  • 2009 - National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, purchase for permanent collection
  • 2007 - Heard Museum exhibit, Phoenix AZ
  • 2007-08 - New York, NY and Chicago IL., S.O.F.A. Shows, Blue Rain Gallery
  • 2006 - Palm Springs California, Blue Rain Gallery of Santa Fe, traveling group exhibit
  • 2003 - "NDN ART" Booksigning and Exhibit. College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2002 - "Changing Hands: Art without Reservations" American Craft Museum, NYC, NY
  • 2001 - Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Solo Exhibit
  • 2000 - San Francisco, CA, Blue Rain Gallery of Santa Fe, traveling group exhibit
  • 1998-99 - "Head & Heart & Hands", touring exhibition presented by the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY
  • 1997 - "Celebrating American Craft", exhibition Kunstindustrie Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1995 - Wyandot County Historical Museum, Bonner Springs, KS
  • 1994 - Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK. Permanent Collection.
  • 1991 - Gallery 10, "New Works", solo exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1991 - Kavesh Gallery, "The West in Image and Object", Ketchum, ID
  • 1991 - San Diego Museum of Man, "All is More Beautiful", group exhibit and lecture.
  • 1987-89 - "The Eloquent Object", traveling exhibition of the Philbrook Musuem of Art, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK.
  • 1989 - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, Permanent Collection
  • 2003 - American Craft Museum, NY, NY, Permanent Collection


  • 2016 - Guest speaker at the opening of Indigenous Beauty, Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH
  • 2014 - Slide presentation Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • 2014 - Kokiri Putahi: 2014 7th gathering of International Indigenous Visual Artists, New Zealand
    Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi art exhibition in the Toi Ngapuhi Exhibition
  • 2012 - Presentation given "Circling Back, Recovery of Wendat-Wyandot(te) Lifeways" (Congrès d'études wendat et Wyandot )Wendat and Wyandot Studies Conference Wendake, PQ, 13-16th June 2012)
  • 2009 - Lecture/powerpoint presentation at "Toihoukura" Art School in Gisborne, New Zealand
    also at "Te Wananga o Aotearoa" on Whirikoka Campus, also in Gisbourne, New Zealand
  • 2006 - Participated in Panel discussion of three Native American artists: Jody Folwell, Roxanne Swentzil and myself, at the Denver Art Museum
  • 2003 - Pottery Demonstration, slide/lecture. Workshop. Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • 2001 - Pottery Demonstration, slide/lecture. The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2000 - Kanehsatake High School, Mohawk Reserve, PQ, Canada. Demonstration and slide presentation.
  • 1998 - Utah State University, San Juan Campus, Blanding, Utah. Lecture, slide presentation, and demonstration.
  • 1998 - L'Abri Conference on Creation and Culture, Rochester, MN. Slide presentation, and demonstration.
  • 1994, 1996, 1997 - Meramec Community College, St. Louis, MO. Slide lecture and demonstration.
  • 1991 - Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, KS. Lecture and demonstration.
  • 1991 - University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Lecture and week demonstration.
  • 1991 - National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Demonstration.
  • 1990 - Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, "Historic & Modern Pueblo Ceramics: Tradition and Change", sponsored by Recuros de Santa Fe, NM

TEACHING (pottery related)

  • 2016 - At Richard's studio - Shawnee ancestral pottery workshops with the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
  • 2015 - At Richard's studio - Revitalization pottery workshop with the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
  • 2012 - At Richard's studio - Seneca/Cayuga, Iroquoian pottery techniques – ongoing
  • 2010 - At Richard's studio - Traditional Wendat/Iroquoian pottery workshop, 8 weeks
  • 2006 - Instructor for unaffiliated Cherokee, 8 week traditional pottery workshop
    Also an Eastern Shawnee traditional pottery workshop
  • 2001, 2003, 2007 - Wendake Reserve CDFM, Community College, Lorette, PQ, Canada, weeklong workshops
  • 2003-04 - Pottery Workshop for tribal members, Wyandotte, OK
  • 2001 - Instructor, Rehoboth High School, Gallup, NM. One-week Summer Pottery Workshop
  • 1998 - Instructor, "From the Earth" One week workshop, Utah State University, San Juan Campus, Blanding, Utah.
  • 1982 - Instructor, "Anasazi Pottery Traditions", Northland Pioneer College satellite program, one semester at Ganado, AZ.
  • 1978-79 - Art Instructor, Sun Valley Navajo Mission School, Holbrook, AZ


  • 2010 - First Peoples Fund 2010 Community Spirit Awards (for clay, storytelling and Wyandot songs for children)
  • 2007 - Honored at Wyandotte Nation Pow-wow (for Wyandot language revitalization effort and teaching Wyandot to children in The Wyandotte Public School district for 7 years)
  • In 1985 Richard stopped entering art competitions
  • 1983 - Heard Museum Guild Native American Art Show - Best of Pottery

VOLUNTEER Teaching (Wyandot language and cultural arts)

  • 2005-2016 - Storyteller for public schools in Grove and Wyandotte, OK
  • 2013-2017 - Wyandot Language Facebook site to teach and share Wyandot Language material
  • 2005–2012 - Teaching Wyandot language/culture in the Wyandotte Public Schools, Wyandotte, OK
  • 2009-2012 - Teaching Wyandot language to preschoolers, Turtle Tots preschool, Wyandotte, OK
  • 2012-2013 - Teaching adult Wyandot language class on Thursday evenings
  • Presently - Holding ocassional traditional bowmaking sessions

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For those who live in "earthquake country" (also good for mischievous pets):

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We hope these ideas help you maintain the beauty and value of your pottery for years of enjoyment.

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