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Artist biography


Onondaga, New York

Tammy Tarbell-Boehning was raised near the Onondaga Indian Reservation in upper New York state, and her Iroquois heritage remains very important to all aspects of her life. She began expressing herself in the visual arts at an early age and later studied graphic art at Onondaga Community College and at Syracuse University, where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree. As a college student, she developed a love for clay and has since specialized in ceramics.

To give expression to her own heritage, she incorporates the shapes and designs of old-style Iroquois pottery and uses traditional materials such as feathers, hide, and glass beads. Her figurative pottery combines old and new techniques and materials in the representation of American Indian women. In these clay works she attempts to capture the essence of the Native American woman's spiritual way of life. Tarbell-Boehning is a self-employed potter and sculptor whose work can be seen in Native American art shows and museum collections across the country. With her business partner/husband, Tarbell-Boehning enjoys traveling to museums, pow wows, and art markets. In 1987 she served as artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan School for the Arts in Syracuse, New York.

Artist's work

Image of Three Sisters by Tammy Tarbell-BoehningObject measurements and display specifications:

Tammy Tarbell-Boehning
Three Sisters, 1994
23 1/2"
Sisters of the Great Lakes Collection
MSU Museum 7594.15

Object held in free-standing vitrine: base height = 33 inches; base width = 24 x 24 inches; acrylic height is 32 inches. Ceramic piece fits into coated wire mount which is permanently mounted in case.