Pottery, Basketry and Jewelry
“…Creating baskets and pottery keeps me
grounded in my culture. It also serves as a
form of meditation from day to day stresses.”
Cultural Community: Tohono o’odham
Location: San Xavier, Tucson, AZ
Wa:k O’odham artist, Harrison Preston is a traditional Basket weaver and potter, who creates both Traditional and contemporary work, all while trying to preserve and respect the traditions therein. He was raised and currently lives on the San Xavier Indian Reservation (Wa:k), a district of the Tohono O’odham Nation, south of Tucson, Arizona.
While attending high school, Harrison began learning traditional Tohono O’odham basketry from noted Tohono O’odham artist and activist, Terrol Dew Johnson. Under Terrol’s tutelage, Harrison would go on to win several awards at Native American art markets at the Heard Museum and the Arizona State Museum.
After high school, Harrison attended the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, before returning home for family reasons. Harrison also attended Pima Community College in Tucson, where he studied metalsmithing and sculpture.
In 2017, Harrison began learning Traditional Tohono O’odham pottery from Kathleen Vance of Sells, AZ, and has worked with her and others to reinvigorate O’odham pottery traditions. Harrison can be found demonstrating and showcasing his work at regional markets and events across southern Arizona.