Native American, Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Canteen, by Loren Ami (Hopi, b. 1968), Ca 1980's, #1347 SOLD

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Native American, Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Canteen, by Loren Ami (Hopi, b. 1968), Ca 1980's, #1347

Description: #1347 Native American, Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Canteen, by Loren Ami (Hopi, b. 1968), Ca 1980's, with speckled belly decorated with a parrot and geometrics, hallmarked on reverse side.

Dimensions: Handle to Handle 5.5"

Condition: Excellent for age.

Loren was born at Winslow, Arizona in 1968. Loren was raised away from Hopiland. He grew up in Santa Fe, where his mother worked for the Indian Health Service. For his senior year, Loren and his mother moved back to Hopi. He was able to spend more time with his grandmothers Eleanor Ami and Carol Namoki. Both were fine potters and an inspiration to Loren. Loren started working with clay in the early 1990's.

Dextra Quotskuyva saw Loren's talent and realized he wanted to be a serious potter. She encouraged him and helped him with his pottery. Loren paints his pottery with old Sikyatki designs. He is known for his beautiful polychrome canteens.

He signs his pottery with Loren Ami with a spider, which is his clan symbol. He has been in several exhibitions, and in 1999 placed first in the canteen category at Indian Market in Santa Fe and in 2000 placed Second in the jar category. (Source: Ancient Nations)

Some background on Pueblo pottery making follows:

“Pueblo pottery is made using a coiled technique that came into northern Arizona and New Mexico from the south, some 1500 years ago. In the four-corners region of the US, nineteen pueblos and villages have historically produced pottery. Although each of these pueblos use similar traditional methods of coiling, shaping, finishing and firing, the pottery from each is distinctive.

Various clay's gathered from each pueblo’s local sources produce pottery colors that range from buff to earthy yellows, oranges, and reds, as well as black. Fired pots are sometimes left plain and other times decorated—most frequently with paint and occasionally with applique. Painted designs vary from pueblo to pueblo, yet share an ancient iconography based on abstract representations of clouds, rain, feathers, birds, plants, animals and other natural world features.

Tempering materials and paints, also from natural sources, contribute further to the distinctiveness of each pueblo’s pottery. Some paints are derived from plants, others from minerals. Before firing, potters in some pueblos apply a light colored slip to their pottery, which creates a bright background for painted designs or simply a lighter color plain ware vessel. Designs are painted on before firing, traditionally with a brush fashioned from yucca fiber.

Different combinations of paint color, clay color, and slips are characteristic of different pueblos. Among them are black on cream, black on buff, black on red, dark brown and dark red on white (as found in Zuni pottery), matte red on red, and poly-chrome—a number of natural colors on one vessel (most typically associated with Hopi). Pueblo potters also produce un-decorated polished black ware, black on black ware, and carved red and carved black wares.

Making pueblo pottery is a time-consuming effort that includes gathering and preparing the clay, building and shaping the coiled pot, gathering plants to make the colored dyes, constructing yucca brushes, and, often, making a clay slip. While some Pueblo artists fire in kilns, most still fire in the traditional way in an outside fire pit, covering their vessels with large potsherds and dried sheep dung. Pottery is left to bake for many hours, producing a high-fired result.

Today, Pueblo potters continue to honor this centuries-old tradition of hand-coiled pottery production, yet value the need for contemporary artistic expression as well. They continue to improve their style, methods and designs, often combining traditional and contemporary techniques to create striking new works of art.” (Source: Museum of Northern Arizona)

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