KIM ANN TREIBER
Pure Earth Girl
Born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois, Kim first visited Taos, New Mexico in 1971, and settled there in 1983. Her ceramic studies began at Arizona State University, with an emphasis on Native American Studies. Handbuilding, throwing on the wheel, and indigenous micaceous clay inspire her work. Micaceous clay is indigenous to the area. It is a “low fire” clay, which is traditionally hand built and fired in a pit using manure, pine needles, wood and other combustibles to encourage the clay to have flashes of reds, oranges, black and grey. It is food safe, as the Pueblo People have used this pottery as cookware for centuries. “I love Taos and it’s multi- cultural interconnectedness. I feel at home here and have been very fortunate to be part of this vast artistic community.” Kim is excited by the Southwestern landscape, living simply and close to nature. Her passions include songwriting/music, photography, horseback riding and her family. Her latest entrepreneurial endeavor, “Pure Earth Girl”, combines ceramic leaf dishes with home-grown herbal heart shaped soaps made by Kim’s niece, Mary Dambacher.