Lovers of black pottery and/or contemporary art will love this stately jar. Softly glowing black, with thin lines of subdued and vivid color, around the neck, the size, pure form and minimal decoration create a show-stopper. Spoiler alert: it is not pottery at all, but hand-blown, hot-blown glass!
Tony Jojola is one of the few, of the few Native glass artists, who works exclusively in hot-blown glass, forming and decorating his pieces on a twirling rod while they are still molten. His pieces are in museums around the world.
This glamorous, black piece started out as clear glass, as can be seen on the bottom. Black glass was applied to encase it, and the free-hand lines of blue, red and brilliant chartreuse were added last.
These are visual nods to the practice of decorating pottery jars with circlets of turquoise, and coral. The entire handsome piece is a visual pun!
The piece is sturdy, thick-walled, and heavy – and a perfect size for displaying on tabletop, shelf, mantel, or…. And, being glass, it will hold water as well as its shape, so you can bring in the flowers.
A fool-the-eye beauty that marries tradition to the contemporary, with tremendous presence and intriguing design, by an acknowledged modern master of glass art.