This hand-coiled polished polychrome pottery jar is very unique with a vertical orientation made in the traditional manner.
Glowing with a high polish on its native red clay, this pot shows the complex, dramatic painting for which the artist is known. Black and cream paint was hand applied on red clay that features symbols of rain, kiva steps, flowers and prayer feathers–all symbols of good luck, blessings and abundance. The stone polishing gives the unpainted clay areas a high sheen creating a beautiful piece of pottery in a striking combination of matte and high sheen.
Geraldine specializes in handmade, hand painted two toned polychrome, stone polished traditional Jemez pottery. She gathers her clay from within the hills of the Jemez Pueblo. She breaks the clumps of clay down to a fine powder form and mixes with water and other natural pigments. Then, Geraldine begins forming the clay to the desired shape and size by the hand coiling method. Once the pot is dry she sands her formed pottery to the desired weight. She hand paints patterns of feathers and geometric designs among many other patterns. She fires her pottery outdoors, the traditional way of her ancestors.
Condition: original condition – excellent
Provenance: Purchased from a collector in Arizona