Her tribal origins are in the Great Lakes region, and this self-taught, renowned potter is proud to revive the traditions of that area, and to use contemporary pottery methods, as well. Her mastery of different techniques allows her to express her personal vision, and innovation, in award-winning style.
This elegant olla has a traditional, exquisitely formed, shape and a creative pattern of swirling, carved texture and some “fire clouds” (formed during firing).
It demonstrates her signature graceful and clean-cut form. The controlled simplicity of the shape contrasts with the energy and turbulence of the textured pattern.
The artist says, “A lot of my work is about letting the fire have a voice,” and this marvelous piece demonstrates that. There is no glaze involved here, just clay and smoke.
The energetic, diagonal movement of the etched motifs resembles a rainstorm, with powerful wind. Occasional, light and darker fire clouds add even more drama, like thunder and lightning.
From every angle, this graceful olla is striking. The form is ravishing in its purity of line and perfect proportions; the pattern is varied and dramatic, calmed by an area of smooth surface around the neck.
This is a stunning piece, by one of the top Native potters. Recognized by peers and show judges alike, Pahponee is known for her continual experimentation and striving for excellence.
In this lovely, pristine jar, she has certainly achieved her goal.