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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota

Keri Fischer

March 14-May 12, 2010

Harley ZephierKeri LaVonne Fischer is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and grew up in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, located on the Cheyenne River Reservation. She was first introduced to ceramics in high school when she was sixteen years old. Keri is currently working toward her degree in Nursing from the University of South Dakota, but continues to improve and expand her artistic skills through ceramic classes.

After high school, Keri attended the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute sponsored by the Oscar Howe Memorial Association at the University of South Dakota. While attending the Institute, Keri was encouraged to pursue her passion for ceramics and was inspired by other Native American artists to experience her culture through art. Although Keri's obligation to a nursing career limits her time for artistic expression, she believes that her ability to work in ceramics will be an inspiration throughout her life and will continue to lead her in creative directions.

Keri works with Raku, which is a high fire gas oxidation/reduction process. She also creates horse hair pottery pieces that incorporate hair gathered from her grandfather's horse, thus integrating a part of her family in her work. While the majority of her work is constructed using a pottery wheel, Keri also uses a variety of tools, such as wire, ribbing tools, and sponges to help shape her ceramics. She prefers to construct functional works like cups, bowls, plates, and platters using classic forms that are simple but unique. Keri discreetly incorporates significant Native American elements, such as the circle and the four directions, in her work. Keri's artistic accomplishments include four awards at the 2009 Stilwell Student Exhibition juried art show at the University of South Dakota and first and second places in the pottery category at the 2009 Northern Plains Indian Art Market.

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located at The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.

"Creating pottery allows me to share my emotions and part of who I am in a unique and beautiful way."
-Keri Fischer

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Media : Raku H: 9 ¼ in W: 8 ½ in Pot with three indentations from the shoulder, copyright 2009 Keri Fischer".

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Raku, 7 1/4" H, 10" W. Copyright 2009 Keri Fischer.

Artwork by Harley Zephier
13" W, 10" H. Copyright 2009.
©2009 Keri Fischer

Artwork by Harley Zephier
River, 2009
14" H, 9 1/4" W. Copyright 2009 Keri Fischer.

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Still Dreaming,
Copyright 2009 Keri Fischer.

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