Please join us on Saturday February 24, 2018 to enjoy a basketry demonstration with artist Harrison Preston. The demonstration will be held from 11am to 1pm.
Harrison Preston is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, more specifically Wa:k O’odham from the community of San Xavier, south of Tucson, Arizona. In high school, he learned Tohono O’odham basketry by noted artist, Terrol Dew Johnson. Over the years, he has worked in jewelry/metalsmithing, and continues to do so. He also worked in stone sculpture and bronze casting, as well as blacksmithing and lapidary arts. Recently he started making O’odham utilitarian pottery, gathering clay within San Xavier. As a maker, he is continually trying to merge the different mediums he works in while trying to uphold the O’odham traditions he has been taught. When not creating, he is a caregiver for his elderly aunts. Growing up with his mom and paternal grandparents he was taught to always be there for his elders and anyone who needs help. He believes their upbringing instilled in him the love of trying new things, both in art and life.