Another lovely interpretation of the traditional Pueblo hummingbird and rose motif.
It is rendered in an animated pattern etched out on a deliciously curvy form.
The dynamic array of rounded and diagonal designs all relate to wind, clouds, and rain.
Together with the actions of hummingbirds, that help to pollinate plants, these elements assure a good harvest. So, health, happiness and abundance ensue.
The beautifully precise design has been painstakingly scratched out of the previously stone-polished, plain red clay, painted over the original base clay.
The beige clay which forms the base has been delicately textured, to contrast.
The lively combination of patterns, and the oblique position of the hummingbird and roses, suggest the darting movement of these entrancing little birds.
The artist, her sister and their mother, are all well-known for this exemplary “sgrafitto” work, and all three favor this traditional hummingbird motif – but each in her own way.
This plump little vase is an exceptional charmer; delightful in design and technique, alike.