Deer Carved Black Seed Pot
Her celebrated grandmother, of the same name, was her teacher, but this younger potter has created a highly personal style.
The young Madeline’s style combines precise carving, an interplay of matte and stone-polished surfaces, and elegant forms – all present in this luscious seed pot.
The satin-bright polish, perfect shape and crisp-edged carving are the essence of her work. Unusually, there is a carved animal figure at the top.
Bands of polished and matte clay swirl up from the bottom of the pot, ending in a point, just below the carved deer (elk?).
The deep, meticulous carving, for which she is known, is beautifully evident, especially in this stylized figure. It represents abundance, good health and happiness – meat to eat!
The perfect form of the pot, the graceful beauty of the simple design, and the flawless execution are splendid signs of her well-practiced art.
Unlike true seed pots, the tiny hole is under the piece, not on top.
This is a simple and exquisite piece, by a famous name in black pottery, and happily accessible.