Victoria learned traditional southeastern woodlands style pottery making seventeen years ago from her mother, Anna Sixkiller Mitchell, a full blood Cherokee, who revived the art for the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma over the last 40 years. Although Victoria didn’t begin showing and selling her pottery until 1998, she says, “I feel as if this is what I was meant to be doing, I love digging the clay, creating something new and carrying on the tradition my mother started.” She specializes in re-creating early mound builder and Eastern Woodlands style pottery.
Victoria is a native Oklahoman who lives on a cattle ranch with her husband, Bruce Vazquez near Welch, Oklahoma. She finds and digs the clay, some on their property, or in other areas of northeast Oklahoma, that is used in her creation of pottery vessels and sculptures. All are built by coil method, by hand rather than using a potter’s wheel. Most all the tools she uses are “found” or natural items like her ancestors used when making pottery: river cane sticks, smooth river stones, gourd necks, hand made paddles for smoothing and paddles carved and incised with stamping designs.Christina
Victoria teaches pottery workshops for Cherokee, Creek, Miami, Quapaw tribes in Oklahoma and has given workshops at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, University of CA, at Davis and for private groups. She continues the research her mother started by visiting museums, mound sites and avidly reading and collecting books on Indian history and arts. In September 2005 she was awarded a Smithsonian Native Arts fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian which included travel to and research at many museums in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and NY City.
Currently her work is being exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th floor, Smithsonian Mall. She has several works in the permanent collection of University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She sells her work at Dept. of Interior’s Indian Craft Shop in Washington, D.C., Buffalo Sun in Miami, Oklahoma and directly from her home studio in Welch. She has won awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market, Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, Indianapolis, Cherokee Homecoming Art show, Tahlequah, OK, Five Tribes Museum Art Fair, Muskogee, OK, Indian Summer Festival, Bartlesville, OK and recently won Best of Division-Pottery at Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City, OK, in June 2007, and in August 2008, won First in Traditional Pottery at Cherokee Homecoming Art Show, Tahlequah, OK.
Victoria credits her success as a potter and teacher of the art to the Lord and her mother’s patient help over the years.
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee Nation
Victoria Mitchell’s Art Gallery
Whether you’re interested in placing a custom order, commissioning a piece of art, or just want to let the artist know how much you love their work — this form’s for you.
Awards & Honors
- 2012 Cherokee National Treasure
- Patron’s Choice Award, Arts & Humanities Dinner/Art Auction 2008, Miami, OK
- First Place, Traditional Pottery, Cherokee Homecoming Art Show 2008, Tahlequah, OK
- Best of Division, Pottery, Red Earth Festival 2007, Oklahoma City, OK
- Third Place, Miniatures, SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM
- Third Place, Collaborative work w/ Marty Gradolf, Eiteljorg Museum – Indian Market, Indianapolis, IN
- First & Second Place, Pottery and Sculpture, Indian Summer Festival, Bartlesville, OK
- Second Place, Pottery, Five Tribes Museum Art Fair, Muskogee, OK
- Patron’s Choice Award, Patrons Dinner/Auction, Designs of Autumn Festival – Featured Artist, Miami, OK
- Third Place, Pottery, Designs of Autumn Festival – Featured Artist, Miami, OK
- First Place, Sculpture, Art of the Farm, Vinita, OK
- Demonstrating Artist, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian – Dept. of Interior, Indian Craft Shop Indian Market, Washington, DC
- Visiting Artist Fellowship, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian – Awarded Native Arts Program, Washington, DC