This internationally acclaimed sculptor was awarded the prestigious commission to create a piece representing the state of New Mexico, for the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C.
His monumental marble statue of Pope, the leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, is the only work by a Native American artist in the collection.
A true artist, Cliff has gone beyond stone sculpture to explore the art of glass, and is just as successful, as seen in this magnificent olla.
The size is monumental, and the color is a blazing coral/orange; a real statement piece!
Inspired by traditional Pueblo pottery – his mother is noted potter Juanita Fragua – this majestic olla mimics the terra cotta clay native to Jemez Pueblo, and the painted rain and water designs that are equally traditional.
However, the orange is glass that was blown over the black glass base and then carved away, by this master sculptor, to reveal the age-old motifs.
The interior is all black glass; the designs are matte and painted over, to contrast in texture with the glossy orange glass.
Imposing in size, impressively vibrant in color, and exquisitely formed and decorated, this is a major piece by an internationally celebrated artist – in every medium.
(Since it is glass, you can actually use this as a vase, if you dare!)