The charming storyteller figures of this prize-winning potter are beloved, and widely collected.
Totally hand made and traditional, from hand-gathered, natural clay to natural colors, and pit-fired, they are detailed and animated, with sweet faces.
This charming Nativity is just as well-made and appealing as her smaller works, but with a different subject.
Naturally snow-white Acoma clay is formed into abstracted figures of Mary, Joseph, a cow, a lamb, and, of course, the Holy Child.
Everyone, including the sleeping Baby, looks contented, and/or really happy. He is on his side, wrapped in a nicely decorated fine-line design.
Marilyn’s signature wildlife is also delightfully evident: an alert robin perches on Joseph’s head, a butterfly sits on Mary’s arm, and a protective ladybug watches over the sleeping Baby.
There is another, realistically painted, monarch butterfly fluttering on the flank of the smiling cow.
Black, plant -derived paint contrasts with natural clay slips in russet-red and green, all contrasting beautifully with the smooth, white clay base.
This group, like all the artist’s work, is totally attractive, appealing, and beautifully crafted; a collector’s delight by a highly reputed potter.