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Santa Clara - Redware Pot with Avanyu by Vicki Martinez-Tafoya (Santa Clara Pueblo)

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Price: $235.00
Item Number: ATP0487

Santa Clara Pueblo potter, Vicki Martinez-Tafoya’s redware pottery bowl is deeply incised with a matte slip that contrasts against a highly polished outer surface. Within this classic rounded bowl, the motif of a large avanyu (water serpent) winds around with pot with his prominent hooded crest and lightning forked tongue.

Contemporary American Indian pottery is the legacy of a tradition thousands of years old. To be considered a "traditional" piece of pottery the potter must dig the clay out of the ground and construct the pot entirely by hand without the use of a potter's wheel. Many traditional potters eschew the use of electric kilns for firing their work, instead using an outdoor pit fueled by wood and dung. Designs are either carved or scratched into the surface of a dried piece before it is fired. Designs can also be applied with a "slip", a thin mixture of water and clay. Different clays, ground minerals, or plant materials are used to make slips of different colors. Many Navajo potters coat their pieces with pine pitch, which gives them a lustrous finish. No glaze is ever used in traditional American Indian pottery. Pottery with a shiny finish has been polished by rubbing the surface of the piece with smooth stones. Often a single piece will incorporate several of these techniques.

Height: 3.75”, Diameter: 4.75”