Native American, Vintage Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Bowl, by Fawn Garcia Navasie, Ca 1980's #1306

$ 3,200.00

Native American, Vintage Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Bowl, by Fawn Garcia Navasie, Ca 1980's #1306 

Description: #1306 Native American, Vintage Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Bowl, by Fawn Garcia Navasie, Ca 1980's

Dimensions: 10"w x 8.5"h

Condition: Excellent for its age.

Provenance: From the Estate of a long time collector in AZ who collected pieces over a 40-50 time period.

Fawn Garcia Navasie (1959- ) Little Fawn or Fawn

Fawn Garcia Navasie, Hopi Pueblo, was formerly known as “Little Fawn”. Little Fawn assumed the title Fawn following her mother’s death. Fawn’s early work is white ware that she did mostly with her mother, Eunice Navasie (Fawn). Her later work is buff or yellow ware that she does with her husband, James Garcia Nampeyo. She claims the white ware is more difficult to make, especially the polishing. Fawn is known for her beautiful polychrome jars that are somewhat egg-shaped with a graceful neck. Fawn Garcia Navasie signature Hopi Pueblo. Refernce: Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham. Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf. (Source: Adobe Gallery)

“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 clays 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 appliqué. 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 polychrome—a number of natural colors on one vessel (most typically associated with Hopi). Pueblo potters also produce undecorated 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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