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Play with clay at family art event in Tempe

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 9:00 am

Kids with a penchant for Play-Doh or modeling clay can follow in the footsteps of a master artist on Saturday.

ASU ceramics student Tiffany Bailey will help youngsters and their families explore the process and techniques used by renowned ceramist Margaret Tafoya and her descendants during ASU Art Museum’s First Saturday for Families, going on 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum.

Participants will get to create their own vessel from clay, using the coiling technique employed by the Tafoyas. Museum staff will then fire the vessels and send notification when the works are ready to be picked up.

Tafoya was a pioneering artist who sustained the ceramic tradition of her ancestors by helping transform it from a process for making functional vessels to an art form. “Born of Fire,” an exhibition currently on view at the Ceramics Research Center, across the street from the Museum, gives an overview of Tafoya’s career, as well as a look at the work of 18 of her descendants.

First Saturdays for Families are free and open to the public. They’re designed as an easy and fun way for families with children ages 4-12 to spend time with fine art.

No registration is required. All materials are provided, and families get to bring home their artwork. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit

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