When I asked Shawn about these spoons he told me that the inspiration came from a Spokane buffalo horn spoon (2-298) that he had seen online in the Burke collections.
Based on the Burke spoon, Shawn first created an all-natural buffalo horn spoon at an April 2019 artist residency at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM, then in June 2019 he brought recreated the spoon in glass at the Museum of Glass.
It was great to hear that even after his BHC Visiting Researcher grant that Shawn is still looking to the Burke for ideas and inspiration.
You never know where a visit to the Burke collections will lead, but we guarantee it will be inspiring. The Bill Holm Center will keep up with Shawn and other BHC grantees and keep you posted on their latest achievements.
Todd Clark (Wailaki) is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum.
Article Source: Burke Museum