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Watson Library Hosting Exhibit of Mexican Pottery

Artifacts Are Part of Neil Snarr's Collection

January 3, 2013

Neil Snarr’s Mexican pottery collection currently on display at the Wilmington College library includes this traditional design miniature folk musician.

Neil Snarr’s Mexican pottery collection currently on display at the Wilmington College library includes this traditional design miniature folk musician.

Wilmington College’s Watson Library is featuring an exhibit of Mexican pottery during January.

“Mexican Folk Pottery, Basics for Collectors” features pieces from the collection of D. Neil Snarr, emeritus professor of sociology. He secured the pottery during his numerous tours of Mexico over the years, many of which he led as educational experiences for WC students.

He is sharing his collection to increase appreciation for the varieties of Mexican folk pottery, the selling of which is the only source of income in some Mexican villages. The collection includes examples of the traditional folk designs and colorful modern decorative items popular with tourists.

Snarr also has examples of high quality artisan collectibles such as a black clay turtle and works by Familia Chichipan. Amata bark paper story paintings complement the display. Visitors are encouraged to view in the library lounge the accompanying video, Renaissance of Mata Ortiz, about the museum quality pottery that revived the economy of one village beginning in 1976.

Watson Library is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Beginning January 14, the campus library will extend hours to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call Watson Library at 382-6661 x346.