Born into her mother’s Jemez Pueblo-Walatowa, this well-reputed potter now digs the clays and uses the designs of her father’s Hopi home, in the village of Polacca.
This lovely bowl is an older piece, which explains its older, and refreshingly modest, price.
It was fashioned completely in the traditional ways, from hand-gathered and-mixed clay, through coiling, smoothing, and firing in the ground, to painting with natural clay slips and vegetal dark paint. All by hand, naturally.
The design is a mix of traditional symbols: feathers, leaves, rain, etc. It is a dynamic composition of diagonals and energetic shapes, with a well-controlled palette of darks and reds, against the terra cotta base.
Kathleen’s reputation has soared, so this is a real opportunity to catch a piece by this foremost potter without breaking the bank.