Oral history interview with Richard Zane Smith


Oral history interview with Richard Zane Smith


Smith, Richard Zane



Richard Zane Smith, a professional artist, talks about his childhood and how art was always the subject he was most drawn to in school. He discusses his career path before becoming a full-time artist and how he first learned and taught art. He explains how he became interested in hand-built pottery and how he was inspired by overlapping, corrugated pieces of Pueblo pottery. Smith describes his current creative process, techniques, and preferred materials as well as the Wyandotte culture that has influenced his art. He comments on the history of the Wyandotte tribe and the role he is trying to play to help bring back their language.


Little Thunder, Julie Pearson


Oklahoma Native Artists; Wyandotte heritage; Hand-built pottery; Corrugated pottery; Creative process


Indians of North America; Artists; Interviews; Indian pottery; Pottery--Technique; Indians of North America--Languages; Indians of North America--Material culture


Missouri; Kansas; New Zealand; Wyandotte, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Oral History Research Program-Oklahoma State University

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