This stunning piece is actually Aspen wood carved into the shape of a lidded jar and meticulously inlaid with beautiful stones.
The Aspen log is carefully cut and fully dried before carving is begun. This process takes several months. After the Aspen is carved and smoothed, the inlay begins. Jolene selects only the finest raw materials and then cuts, carves, and shapes each separate element to create her intricately detailed pieces. Here she has inlaid pieces of turquoise, spiny oyster, mussel, green apple coral, abalone, and jet. Each piece of stone must be very carefully placed to create a snug fit and adhere to the Aspen.
Jolene does not make many pieces like this one because each one is so very time consuming. Each one of her spectacular Aspen bowls is a treasure. You can find her work in the Smithsonian Museum. She participates in a number of juried shows and competition throughout the United States; recently at the Tucson Indian Center First Annual Southwest Indian Arts Event, Jolene won the Grand Artist’s Choice Award based on the judging of fellow artists attending this event (March 19-20, 2016). Her awards are far too numerous to list – she is an incredible artist whose work is highly sought after and collected.
Condition: Excellent- new – original condition
Provenance: Purchased from the artist during Cherokee Art Market in Tulsa, Oklahoma.