Mary Small has been making distinctive pottery since the age of 8, and her marvelous, decorative patterns are present in this adorable Nativity.
Using all natural, hand gathered clay and clay slips, plus steeped wild spinach plants for the black hue, this group is as traditional as possible.
The painting is elaborate and precise, featuring stepped motifs and parallel fine lines, both of which denote rain, a great blessing.
Mary and Joseph are chanting songs of praise and delight, while the well-swaddled Baby listens, in His cradle.
The two animals, a cow and a white-faced steer, have turquoise eyes, with a turquoise adorning their back.
Also decorated withe the rainfall lines and lightning symbols, their expression of astonishment is priceless.
Meticulously painted with clay slips and vegetal paint, this is a notable Nativity that is both elegant and winsome, created by a long-time award-winning potter.