Native American, Extraordinary Large Tradition Hopi Polychrome Pottery Jar, with Humming Bird Figures, by Dee Setalla, # 1611 Reserved for Lou
Native American, Extraordinary Large Tradition Hopi Polychrome Pottery Jar, with Humming Bird Figures, by Dee Setalla, # 1611
Description: #1611, Native American Extraordinary Large Traditional Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Jar, With Humming Bird Figures, by Dee Setalla. Dee spent approximately 5 weeks creating this work of art from the start of acquiring the clay, painting, and firing the final piece. A hand written description of the symbology used in the piece and their meanings is also included with this item, making it a true "one of a kind piece". I believe that Dee is one of the finest Hopi Potter alive today. His work is Museum and Heirloom quality.
Dimensions: Height-9.5 inches x width-13 inches
Condition: Excellent for its age
Provenance: Dee Stella
Building the Pot!!! In Dee’s own words.
“The large Traditional Polychrome Hopi Jar was traditionally made using the earth's clay. Hand built by the coil method. Colors are all earth pigments. Black (Bee Weed Plant), Red ( Santo Domingo Pueblo Clay), Maroon (Yellow Iron Rock) and White (White clay).”
"Designs are all painted on with a fine Yucca plant brush. The Jar was fired outdoors with dried sheep dung at a temperature of 1900 degrees. The different color, on blush rain clouds on the Jar tells you that it has been fired outdoors in the traditional way."
"The designs and meanings are my own interpretation. Each potter has their own way of interpreting their designs."
"Dee Setalla, Hopi Pueblo, is a son of Pauline Setalla brother of Gwen Setalla, Agnes Nahsonhoya, Stetson Setalla, Justina Setalla and Karen Namoki. Nephew of Fawn Navasie. He is therefore in the Frog Woman and Feather Woman families. He credits his mother for teaching him not only how to form and decorate a vessel but for the proper respect for Mother Nature when gathering clay. He strongly believes that when working with clay, the potter is bringing to life a new being and it must be respected and nurtured. Many of the older potters hold such beliefs, but it is interesting to see that a younger generation can have such feelings as well". Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf. (Source: adobe Gallery)