Polychrome 3-in-1 Olla
An award-winning potter, and brother-in-law of the well-known Emily Tsosie, J.R. presents us with a bit of fun and whimsy.
He combined three little pots in one, making an unusual and pleasing tour-de-force piece of pottery.
Totally traditional, from gathering the local Jemez clays, coiling each piece separately, carving a few designs, joining them into one, firing in the ground, and painting the designs with natural clay slips and vegetal paint.
Each little pot, and the larger olla on which they are perched, is beautifully formed, finished and painted.
The designs are traditional, featuring stepped rain symbols and eagle feathers, painted with local red clay slip, plant-derived black and grey, and accents of white.
The feathers symbolize prayers for rain, carried up to the heavens, so there will be an abundant harvest, and happy, healthy people.
The whole piece is an example of assured, expert technique, and lovely, precise designs. Wonderful to begin, or add to, a collection.