Artifact of the Month – April 2013

Charles Gilbert Sherd Collection

 Charles (Charlie) Gilbert left many legacies.  As a biology teacher in Phoenix, he taught many young people to love the Sonoran desert.  As a self-taught master potter, he showed many adults in the Desert Foothills how to make pottery as the Native Americans did, collecting clay from the environment, and firing pots in open fires.

The Cave Creek Museum is fortunate to have inherited Charlie’s sherd collection.  It’s a research asset for those who wish to identify a piece of pottery, or simply enjoy the great variety and beauty of Arizona’s past.

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