Red Micaceous Seed PotDominique Toya
The youngest generation of a family of notable potters, the artist has emerged as a major talent, winning, among other awards, Best of Division at Santa Fe Indian Market. Here, her favorite design, a modernization of traditional forms, is clearly seen.
The hand-gathered, hand coiled natural clay is stone-polished to a gorgeous, shimmering luster. The micaceous clay center is inset in a sort of shadowbox, which brings additional sculptural quality to this sensuously minimalist piece. The slightly curved, raised lines in the center evoke neatly plowed rows in a field ready for sowing – an allusion to the original use of the seed-pot, to store seeds for the next planting season.
With zen-like serenity and amazingly flawless technique, this seed pot exemplifies how this younger artist is expressing her heritage in new, beautiful ways – and creating new traditions.