Brian Yatsattie Fordite Trout


Item Number: DR 3052
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Brian Yatsattie
Medium: Fordite and jet
Age: 2016
Dimensions: 4” X 7/8”



This is a most amazing trout! He coloring is beautiful swirls and striations of white, grey, and black with a touch of red. When you look closely, you can see the iridescent sparkles of the metallic paint. Brian carved this trout to capture the best of the colors of the Fordite, which is a most unusual stone.

These stones are called Fordite or Detroit Agate. They are actually paint deposits from car painting racks in automotive factories. Most of these car factories were in Detroit Michigan USA and that is where the name comes from. The colorful layered “stones” take their name from agate stones due to their resemblance. Rather than forming from microscopically crystallized silica over millions of years, Fordite was formed from layers of paint over several tens of years.  The colors can also be used to judge how old they are because car paint was subject to different trends. In the 1940s cars were mostly black or brown enamel while the 1960s ushered in an age of colorful lacquers. When these stones are cut, ground down, or polished, they reveal a dazzling array of colors, layers, swirls and even glitter. Not only are they stones worth collecting and creating but they are part of America’s automotive history – a little bit of Americana if you will.

Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Purchased from the artist.

Additional information

Weight 1 oz