Deeply Carved Avanyu Bowl

Marie Suazo


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Daughter of Teresa Gutierrez, her work takes her mother’s well-known, stone-polished black ware into a different dimension.

Noted for her amazingly deep and precise carving, this accomplished artist has been cited in many publications and reference books.

The bowl shown here is a fine example of her remarkable work.

At first glance, the design appears to be an intricate, but abstract, pattern.

On close observation, the design resolves into the classic Pueblo Avanyu, or water serpent.

A powerful good luck symbol, since water is a super-precious resource in the high desert, Avanyu also lends itself to the round forms of pottery, since it is circular in interpretation.

Each element is carved deeply into the clay, with amazing precision and clarity.

Unlike many carved pots, which tend to have softened edges, Marie’s are knife-edged sharp, as well as deep and beautifully finished.

The stone polish is glossy as ice, just like her mother’s, which contrasts beautifully with the matte background of the designs.

The complex design, executed with deep carving, and covering the whole surface of the bowl, gives the piece a remarkable appearance, almost like embroidery.

This intricacy is as much a feature of Marie Suazo’s work as the meticulous carving and exquisite polish.

All that is present in this perfectly formed, eye-catching bowl.


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