This remarkable bowl was handcrafted by celebrated Ohkay Owingeh artist Clarence Cruz using traditional clay and firing methods. Clarence has enhanced this bowl with geometric designs incised just above the shoulder. Created with micaceous clay, this unique pot has a fire cloud in the bottom, which occurs naturally during the outdoor firing process. This beautiful bowl can be used for cooking or as an elegant addition to your fine art collection. This is a striking example of an ancient art form from an artist who is deeply rooted to his culture and is actively teaching the next generation of potters.
Micaceous cookware, handcrafted from naturally occurring mica clay, is oven safe and extraordinarily durable. Micaceous clay, found wherever there are volcanoes, is smooth, with the consistency of whipped honey butter. Traditionally used by Native American potters for centuries, it’s an ideal material for bean and casserole pots, pans, serving bowls, plates, mugs and other items that you will always treasure. The mica in the clay gives a sweet, earthy yet salty flavor all its own. (To use in the oven or on the stovetop, you must seal the pottery before using.)
Clarence Cruz is one of the few potters working at Ohkay today, and by far the most celebrated. He signs his pieces Khuu Khaayay. He teaches ceramics at the University of New Mexico and at the Poeh Center in Pojoaque. To understand the importance and quality of his pottery, the Pueblo’s Governor uses Clarence Cruz’s bowls and plates for ceremonial dinners.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new.
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist.