“Blessed by Corn” Contemporary Bowl
A prodigiously gifted and imaginative pottery artist, Alan has become a top-rated award-winner.
Adept at traditional Zuni pottery designs, his latest work taps into his background in fashion design, as well as his penchant for experimenting with form and techniques.
In his talented hands, Zuni Pueblo’s white clay has a striking new look. One of his happy accidents in firing resulted in random patterns of softly hued streaks.
This exceptional bowl is inspired by the “lines, curves and pleats” of his fashion background, according to the artist.
The undulating, sharply scalloped rim and flattened oval shape are no way like traditional forms, but nonetheless gorgeously graceful
Thin-walled and smoothly finished, the white clay is embellished only with shadowy grey and gold areas.
These free-form shapes beautifully coordinate with the flowing lines of the rim.
There was once an accident in firing, that Alan has since deliberately incorporated into his contemporary pieces.
Here, it looks like pale sunlight flickering with soft shadows, enhancing the soft curves of the piece.
Although Alan still creates pottery with slips of mica-rich clay, and paints traditional motifs over that, he also enjoys these boldly contemporary pieces that allow him to use all his artistic and technical influences – with spectacular results.
New look, with both age-old and innovative techniques, this is a new face of Native pottery, splendidly bringing the past into this new century.