She is best known for small-scale pots that feature her favorite lizards, but this Zuni potter can do an impressively large piece with the same precision and graphic appeal.
Gracefully elongated, the form is emphasized by the sinuous lizard that curls around the globular base.
Lizards are considered protective and healing animals, by the Zuni.
This denizen of the desert starts off with a three-dimensional head and torso, with flat, painted legs, then gradually tapers down to a flat, painted, tail.
Naturally creamy white clay is covered with a matte, red clay slip. The lizard is of dark, plant-derived brown, with white spots.
Tall and slender spouts are balanced by a plump, round body. The form and design are beautifully coordinated, and complementary, as is the ideal.
The precision of the form and the decoration is perfect. Dramatic in form, hue, and design, it is impressively tall, but easy to display.
Beautifully shaped and decorated, this is a very fine piece of traditional pottery, expressed in a contemporary vision.
Since the piece is beautifully smooth but matte, fingerprints will show up – and won’t come off.
So, handle with care, preferably with gloves on, and enjoy this lovely piece.
With the purchase of this wedding vase, we include a description of how it is used in Pueblo ceremonies, written by a potter from Santa Clara Pueblo.