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One of a Kind Offerings from the Fire

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Fresh from the Fire - Spring 2024 

My new kiln is 2000' higher in elevation, has amazing airflow and gets extremely HOT!  As with all firings, I not only had some incredibly, beautiful pieces evolve but also a few "Head scratchers", some "Oh no, why did I do that!" as well as a couple "Better shot next time" do-overs.  One of the things I love about what I do is how NEARLY unpredictable the firing process is.  This is a huge for a control freak like me.  

NEW pieces are now available for purchase. 

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Chaco pitcher, Pueblo Bonito
Chaco pitcher, Pueblo Bonito

#404 - In the early 1920's, the National Geographic Society descended onto Chaco Canyon.  Amongst the collection taken from Pueblo Bonito was this one of a kind Chaco Pitcher.  Starburst like sunflowers strung around the neck and waistline. As usual I love replication. Passing on the original artist's lines. Notice the varying number of points on the bottom four flowers. This piece has a little carbon smudging but overall quite white. Rings like a bell.  5" x 5.75"     $300 SOLD

Mug House, Mesa Verde pottery bowl
Mug House, Mesa Verde pottery bowl

#411 - Every time I fire, one or two pieces, not by me but by the firing gods, finds the "honey hole" in the kiln.  This bowl from Mug House, Mesa Verde was one of the chosen. The stylized "S" shapes keep the interior quiet simple but the rim ticking is overly decorative and the banded, ticked triangle motif on the exterior gives the bowl the final kiss of excellence. One of the highest ringtones I have ever achieved in a wild kiln.  Slightly warped out of round and still singing.  3.25" x 8.25"     $485 SOLD

Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl
Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

#412 - This piece shared the "honey hole" with #411. The organic paint all stayed a vibrant black except for one rim tick (See 3 o'clock on the first photo) that took on the copper color of oxidation.  The original of this bowl resides at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe.  I don't believe the provenience is known but no doubt this is an exquisite Mesa Verdean design. Exterior shows some crackling of the white slip (slips shrink more than body clays) as well warm tone tints nearly in fire cloud shapes, evidence of an extremely hot firing.   3.75" x 9.25"

$550

Mesa Verde Bowl, Sand Canyon Pueblo
Mesa Verde Bowl, Sand Canyon Pueblo
ancient pottery drill hole repair
Mesa Verde Bowl, Sand Canyon Pueblo

#440 - This bowl, stunningly fired to Black-on-White, was the "Why did I do that that" piece.  It set in the back of the kiln across from the wind entrance. I could see only a bit of the outside but could tell the soot was not burning off.  I lifted a cover sherd to allow some air flow in to "clean it up". 

Sadly the sudden temperature drop, popped a 3" crack in the wall.  Even a few spider web cracks appeared on the exterior bottom. 

Let's make lemonade!!!! Just like the Ancients I wanted to save this bowl.  I drilled four holes and tied them with yucca cordage, carbon and pine sap.  The damage happened late in the firing and the piece still has good reverberation, reference to a quality firing. The original of this bowl was found outside of the structures at Sand Canyon Pueblo, near Cortez, Colorado.   If you dig authentic, this is it!  4.75" x 9.5"      $450

Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl
Sand Canyon Pueblo
Sand Canyon Pueblo

#439 - A one of a kind bowl, in design and color, suffered a similar fate as the previous.  But this time I had not removed a cover sherd. The kiln was so hot and open that it took the brunt of the airflow.  Three incredibly fine, spider web cracks appeared ONLY on the exterior (zoom in on the right rim of the right photo).  Happily, the piece still has good reverberation. The white areas are quite clean, with an oxidized orange, carbon paint burn-out, flowing into robust blacks.  The exterior line work, mimics other pieces I have replicated from Yellow Jacket Pueblo.  The original was found at Sand Canyon Pueblo, near Cortez Colorado in Surface Structure #211.    4.75" x 9.75"     $450 SOLD

Mesa Verde Mug
Mesa Verde Mug

#415 - I like to call this design "Lizard in the Field." Here lies rows and rows of furrows with seeds just popping out of the ground, while the lizard watches the sun that's giving them life.  This is a replication from an online photo, provenience probably lost to time.  Well fired with good tone and a little smudge.  3" x 4" including the handle.     $300

Mesa Verde Mug
Mesa Verde Mug

#417 - This mug caught my attention due to the irregularities in the pattern. Not mistakes but just letting the design conform to the space available. Over the last few years, I am even more strongly driven to let the original piece speak.  At times it takes more work to mimic the looseness of the original artist than if I laid it all out perfectly (see #455). So here's to the best of Mesa Verde.... the mug.  The only place, prehistorically this form appeared.   

3.25" x 3.75"     $275  SOLD

Effigy ladle handle of cradle board and baby
Ancestral Puebloan effigy ladle
Ancestral Puebloan effigy ladle

#423 -  Ancient Art!!  I have seen this form twice. One was found in north central Arizona at the Wupatki site but there is also another online photo with no history.  When I was constructing the ladle, the baby was placed in the cradleboard unattached.  I was afraid fire shrinkage would crack the band holding "him" in. But some loving spirit carried it through.  This is mineral paint, which I so dearly wanted to reduce to black.  But brown is okay because the piece is crack free and well fired.  One of the most unique pieces I have ever made.  4" x 7.5"     $400 

Mesa Verde Mug replication
Mesa Verde Mug replication
Mesa Verde Mug replication

#432 - Just another beautiful Mesa Verde mug! Whites are warmer due to abundant oxygen in the last stages of firing. The T-shaped doors grab the floor and pendent from the rim. Paint echoes back and forth between dark black and a deep chocolate brown.   A tiny 1/4" rim crack, just right of the handle (see center photo) will be unnoticeable to most.  Reference - online photo.  3.75" x 5" with handle     $325

Kokopelli Effigy pitcher
Kokopelli Effigy pitcher
Kokopelli Effigy pitcher

#441 -  A single photo of this Kokopelli effigy vessel appeared online a few years ago.   I replicated it with what I could see but had to use my educated artist mind to determine the rest.  I created a birthing scene with a child and a second female figure.  But I still so dearly wondered what the original had on the other side.   This piece is beautiful.  So incredibly grateful that the rope like arms did not break.  High toned sound.  Black carbon paint. 6.25" x 7.5"       $600

UPDATE!   Recently, while doing more research, I found the "rest of the story" and two more photos.  The original was found  "some distance south of Chaco canyon, near the McKinley-Sandoval County line, northwestern New Mexico."  by a farm manager in a burned stone masonry structure.  It went on display at the governor's mansion in Santa Fe, in about 1960, for a period of time. It was later purchased by J. Owens.  The original has only two painted figures, a male and a female.  Both were hypothesized to be Kokopellis.  The female being Kokopelli-mana. The original is quite a bit larger than my replication. In fact so large it's hard to believe.  12" long by nearly 10" tall.  Maybe someday I will replicate it again.  For now I am happy with the journey so far.  I am so lucky to get to hike the canyons, find the clay, make and fire the pieces, read the research and then tell the story. 

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, ladle replication
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, ladle replication

#443 - Most of our eyes catch the PIII exquisitely detailed pieces but the earlier simplistic forms are just as beautiful.  Here, like pitcher #441, is probably both Kokopelli and Kokopelli-mana bringing music to the moment.  Wanting to replicate as closely as possible, I chose to use a mineral that went a dingy brown and applied it with haphazard strokes, just like the original that is on display at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, Utah.  A symbolized butterfly is on the exterior curvature.  3.5" x 7.5"     $150

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Black-on-White bowl replication
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Black-on-White bowl replication
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Black-on-White bowl replication

#445 - One of my all time favorites.  When I started to layout this Edge of The Cedars Museum curated piece for replication, I toiled with whether to clean up the geometric scrolls or to just follow "her" lead.  Of course you know what I did.  Interesting how on one end, the boxed scrolls get so much looser.  Probably the end of the day and the kids were getting hungry.  The design is laid out with 10 boxes and 10 rows, I am sure on purpose.  Please do not buy this one because I really want to keep it for myself!   3.75" x 8"     $550

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#448 - Oh WOW!   33 rows of "Mesa Verde index finger pinch" painted with a design of Rocky Mountain Bee plant.  Can not believe I got full oxidation of the outside bottom, but reduced grays up around the rim!!!! The design is from a corrugated bowl in the Colorado History Museum, Denver. Four geometric scrolls, circle ten times to reach the interior rim. Always stunned with the artists of the past.  4" x 8.75"       $650  SOLD

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One of my favorite forms is the painted corrugated bowl.  These two are exceptional.  I will probably not be able to produce this range of colors ever again! 

#451 - Another WOW! Of the 33 coils, some are index finger pinched but some are left smooth to form two banded sections. This clay is from the upper part of Cottonwood Wash, Utah, and it likes to cook.  The bowl has warped a bit.  The interior paint was trying to burn out and took on nearly a brown wood grain effect with bits of red and orange peeking through. The design is of elongated triangles, squeezed and morphed to accommodate the curvature of the bowls interior. Rings like a bell.  Another one of a kind.  4.25" x 7.75"     $550

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#449 - 43 rows of what I call the Karrish pinch, using the outside edge of my left thumb.  It took on a warmer color, as I fired it on the surface with some redwares and plenty of oxygen.  Has patches of reduced gray and some wandering fire clouds.      7.25" tall x 6.75" wide     $375 SOLD

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This corragated jar runs the gambit in color... from red to tan to gray to black. 

Photos don't do it justice.

#453 - 51 rows (much smaller rows and pinch than #449) of Mesa Verde pinch fired in a reducing atmosphere.  This piece has surely reached some percentage of vitrification.  It was made with a red, high iron clay, so not surprised with its maturation but I am surprised to see it retain a blush of red on one hip.  Body clay was pretty gritty and though it's not noticeable on the exterior, a slight separation was just beginning to happen on a bit of the inside rim (photo 4). I really pushed this one to the limit.  Lucky me. It survived and its perfect. 

8" x 8.25"     $600    

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#452 - The 21 rows of pinching are eye catching, but they can't compete with the creature hanging his snout over the rim, creating a functional handle.  This animal handle type is not common but I have seen a few on mugs and pitchers.  They were bringing art to everything.  3" x 4.25" including handle.      $150 SOLD

 Even though these pieces were used with food prehistorically, they have only been fired to earthenware and will absorb the contents, which makes it tough to get them truly clean again.  

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#463 - This is a smaller version of a mug on display at Edge of the Cedars Museum, Blanding Utah.  I was testing a new body clay that is rapidly becoming one of my best.  A seep of oxygen in the trench kiln kept the paint from fully reducing.  A spotted animal form (what kind of animal?) makes the handle.  A fire cloud decorates the back. Walls are extremely thin and sounds like china.   2.75" x 3" including handle.     $100

Chaco Pitcher Pueblo Bonito
Chaco Pitcher Room 28
Chaco Pitcher Room 28
Chaco Pitcher Room 28

#464 - I can get lost in the world of Chaco Pitchers.  So many designs.  It does feel as if groups were making their pilgrimage to Chaco from the out lands, bringing pieces of pottery for trade and gifts.  This piece is from Pueblo Bonito, Room 28.  Collected by the Hyde Expedition in the early 1900's and now resides in the American Museum of Natural History.  It is the new clay mentioned with mug #463.  The walls are so thin. Oxidation warmed some of the whites but the black paint held robustly.  Really proud of this piece. 

4.5" diameter at base x 6.75" tall.      $450

Mesa Verde Mug
Mesa Verde Mug
mug bottom
mug interior

#454 - This large mug formed a separation crack in the bottom during the drying process.  Could of tossed it back in the bucket and recycled the clay but decided to paint it up anyway hoping the crack would fuse itself shut in the fire.  Everything else about the mug is sound. Warmer whites, some lightening of the paint in places but still very nice to display.  Housed at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, Utah.

 4" x 5.5" including the handle     $100

Chaco Pitcher Pueblo Bonito
Chaco Pitcher
Chaco Pitcher

#457 - This Chaco pitcher with zig zag lightning bolts, found in Room 28 at Pueblo Bonito by the Hyde Expedition in the early 1900's, now resides in the American Museum of Natural History.   I knew the kiln was open and getting a lot of oxygen but never expected the warm orange that replaced the black paint.  An advantage to this "half and half" coloring is you can spin it, having two unique pieces in one.  Incredibly well fired. 

4.5" diameter at the base x 6.75" tall     $300

Kiva Jar
Kiva Jar
Kiva Jar

#456 - This kiva jar is the same body clay, slip and type of paint as #457 and turned out nearly the same.  I have a whole photo file of sherds and pots that look quite similar with orange color paint, replacing the burnt out carbon when oxygen came in.  So it definitely happened prehistorically. In fact the early ceramicist Anna Shepard wondered why they didn't pursue it as a type.  It's definitely surprising when you are expecting Black-on-White.  A large rim sherd of this a jar showed up on an auction site.  Feel privileged to have brought it back to life.  It's gorgeous, crack free, and well fired.  6.25" x 8"   $400 SOLD

More Black-on-White

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#372  Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Yellow Jacket Ruin;  Western State Museum Collection

Inside and out this bowl is a beauty. Stylized herringbone type pattern, inset in this classic Pueblo III bowl. 5" x 12"

 

 SOLD ($700)

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#374  Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Spruce Tree House, Smithsonian National Museum

I am yet to find anyone who is not mesmerized by this very large bowl's design.  When replicating, I even elongated the one point of the triangle, just like the original.  Why mess with perfection.  5.5" x 12.25"

SOLD ($750)

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#375  Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Junction Ruin, Grand Gulch, Utah - Chicago Field House Museum

Found a sherd in SE Utah that I had to replicate (see bowl 336a).  When searching deep museum archives, I came across this beauty sharing much of the same checkerboard pattern.  Turns out both bowls had once existed only a few miles apart.  First piece I have ever replicated from Grand Gulch, my favorite place on earth.  4.25" x 10.5"

 

SOLD ($500)

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#382  Mesa Verde Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: Yellow Jacket Ruin, Western State Museum Collection

This bowl as well as #372 came from the Great Tower Complex.  Notice the same use of the herringbone type pattern.  Same artist?  Fired to perfection.  4" x 9"

 

SOLD ($500)

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Replication
White Mesa Back-on-White

#225 White Mesa Black-on-White Bowl

Reference:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 

Always mesmerized by the stunning simplicity of this early style pottery.  Plus this piece fired beautifully. 

4" x 10" 

Private Collection

Mesa Verde Museum
Mesa Verde Museum

#287  Pueblo II Bowl

Reference: On display at the Mesa Verde Park Museum

It was a tedious day painting these 38 ducks, simply because each one is so unique.  I was determined to replicate them exactly (Not my job to tell the story but simply to pass it on)  

And then I fell in love with them all.  Hate to sell this one.  It fired beautifully. Nice size with super blacks.

3.75" x 9.75"

 

SOLD 

Kokopelli
Knobby Knee Site

#288  McElmo "Knobby Knee" Bowl

Reference: Anasazi Heritage Center 

Figures, both human and animal, give a quick glimpse into past thoughts of what was important, what was sacred and spiritual.  This bowl was recovered at the Knobby Knee Stockade in Southwest Colorado.  Absolutely a fine replication.  3" x 7.25" 

 

Sold to the most deserving person, Moki John!

Mesa Verde Replication
Black-on-White Bowl

#290  Mesa Verde Bowl

Reference: Online photos, from the Mesa Verde area.

Such a treat when a large bowl turns out just like you want; a nice ring when thumped, clean whites and solid dark blacks.  I am treating myself.  This one's a keeper.

4.5" x 11"  

 

SOLD

Southwest Black-on-White pottery replication
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#336a  McVerdian Black-on-White Bowl

Reference: A sherd in Southeast Utah

Designed this complete layout, staying true to the time period, from a two square inch sherd. Sometimes everything ties in perfectly.   4" x 9.5"

 

Keeping this one for myself!

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#391 Corrugated Painted Bowl

Reference: Cortez Cultural Center

So nice.  33 rows of left thumb pinch then slipped and painted with a butterfly migration.  At least that is what I see.  The paint refused to penetrate, leaving a worn effect that I love. Wonder if I will ever be able to do it again?  4.25" x 9.5" 

 

SOLD

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#385 Mesa Verde Effigy Mug

Reference:  Photo - Salt Lake Tribune photo. Provenience unknown

This little mug, possibly for a child, is so special with a four legged animal, probably a dog, standing atop the handle.   3" tall x  4.5" with handle 

 

SOLD $275

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#383 Mesa Verde Mug

Reference: Online photo

Even today when I look at this mug, I get lost in the pattern. I LOVE this mug. At first you think you have to grid it all out, but then it takes you and begins to paint itself.  Well fired and beautiful.

3.75” tall  x 4.5” wide with handle

 

 SOLD ($385)

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#379 Mesa Verde Mug

Reference: Online Photo

The slip held it's luster and the fire kissed it with a blush of gold on one side.  This piece is reflective - representing the above and the below.  The little mug feels good in your hand and wants to be held.  3” tall x 3.75"” wide with handle

$300

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#234 Mesa Verde Mug

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

The most unique mug I have ever seen.  Wish the provenience was known.  White celestial forms, swirling in a canvas of black.  The artist did not leave out a detail and neither did I, replicating all the tiny turns in each scroll.  So close to keeping this one. 4” tall  x 4.75” wide with handle

 

 SOLD ($400)

#206  Mesa Verde Mug, PIII

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

Replication.  Fascinating that the original artist started on one side of the handle with a grid of 132 squares and ended on the other side with only 49. It's possible that we share the trait of beginning a project with elaborated expectations.  3.75" x 5.75" with handle

 

SOLD ($400) 

#216  Large Mesa Verde Mug

Reference:  Photo in the Salt Lake Tribune, original piece from Four Corners area

Think of the time and dedication it took not only to lay out this design but to paint it as well.  Luckily the firing gods were happy and cleaned up all the little tiny specks of white.  Quite an accomplishment in an open air trench firing.  5.75" tall x 6" wide with handle

 

 SOLD

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#388 Gallup Black-on-White, Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito, Room 28, American Museum of Natural History

Of the 111 jars found in Room 28, this is one of the most mesmerizing.  Photos from all sides made the replication accurate. I left the rim a little higher on one side and dropped the "flags" down on an angle in some places.  This jar is so clean and so incredibly special.  When you hold it you will slip back in time.  4.25" x 9.75"

SOLD ($600)

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#387  Gallup Black-on-White, Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito, Room 28, American Museum of Natural History

I have dreamed about making all 111 jars from Room 28.  A collection to stand back from and feel their presence.  But as soon as I make one, it flies out of my hands to someone else's.  Apparently others want to feel their presence as well.  This one tells me about strength.  Beautiful piece.  Perfectly fired.  4" x 9"

SOLD $500

Chaco canyon cylinder jar
Southwest Chaco Jar

#292  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

This jar is fired to perfection.  Beautiful fine line hatching fills the triangular design blocks.

4" x 10"

SOLD ($500)

Chaco canyon jar replica
Chaco cylinder jar Pueblo Bonito

#293  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

How the design migrates around the jar but still continues to interlock perfectly makes one realize the capability of the master artists of the ancient world. This jar is slightly grey and sadly developed a fine line crack about 1" long coming down from the rim during firing.  It has been repaired and nearly invisible.  A really pretty jar.

4.5" x 10.75"

SOLD

Mancos Black-On-White Ladle
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#337 Pueblo II Ladle

Reference: Bowl portion of authentic ladle

Mineral paint, more common in earlier periods, has its own set of challenges. You want it to apply evenly, you want it to stick to the slip and you want it to turn black in the trench kiln atmosphere. Trial and error and success. The handle's three perforations keep it from exploding during firing process.  Very white slip, has shadows of the underlying clay showing in places.  To me replication means letting the materials be wild and applied in a primitive fashion.

4.25" bowl width x 11.25" long

 

 $250

Mesa Verde Rattle Ladle
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#327 Mesa Verde Rattle Handle Ladle

Beads of clay rattle in this hollow handle which also has a loop of clay on the end.  The handle's four perforations keep it from exploding during firing process. Classic banded Mesa Verde design. Ladles are tough to fire due to the small connection of clay between the bowl and handle.  This one is perfect.

4.75" bowl width x 12.5" long

 

 SOLD ($350)

Cedar Mesa Replicated Ladle
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#332  Ladder Handle Ladle

Reference: Sherd in Southeast Utah

Other than the portion of the one we found, only know of one other.  Such a unique handle.  Mineral for paint and white slip both harvested within walking distance of the sherd. Well fired and rings like a bell.

1.75" x 8"

 

$200

Anasazi pottery
Southewest Pottery

#335 Gourd Scoop

Reference: Early 1900's photo. No provenience

This form is rare overall but most commonly seen in the early Pueblo periods.  My personal found mineral paint is loosely applied.  Whites are stunning and opaque with slight shadows of the underlying clay. High fired.  2.25" x 7" wide

 

SOLD

#218  Pitcher with Black on White Geometric Design, 900-1300.

Reference: Brooklyn Museum, New York

Absolutely a beauty, both the original and the replication.  Perfectly fired.  The slip is unctuous and smooth.  The blacks are strong on one side and start to "ghost" (get lighter from the extreme kiln heat) on the other.  8.5" tall x 7" diameter.

 

SOLD - ($500)

Edge of the Cedars Mineral Replication
Pueblo II Mineral Pitcher
Mineral Pitcher

#256 Chaco Style Pitcher

Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 

Such creative design work. The lizard is fantastic BUT a corn maiden butterfly too!  And like the mug below, one of my early experiments with reducing mineral paint to black.  Still some things to learn from this one, but stay posted as it will become available at a later date.   5” x 4.5”

SOLD

Colorado Plateau Pottery
Mesa Verde Pitcher
Mesa Verde Pitcher

#291 Mesa Verde Pitcher

Reference: Artist Inspired 

Black-on-White!  Enough said.  How I dream they will all turn out. Exceptional long bowed handle going from the rim to the base versus the more common rim to lower neck.  Well fired and beautiful.

5.75” tall  x 5.5” wide with handle

 

  SOLD

Chaco pitcher

#184 Chaco Black-on-White Pitcher 

The original was taken from Room 326, Pueblo Bonito, and appears in N. M. Judd's papers. A fantastic design that screams Chaco Canyon. Rings like a bell and truly Black-on-White.  Undoubtably one of the best pieces I have ever made.  5.25" x "6.5" including handle.

 

SOLD ($400)

#104 McElmo Black-on-White Canteen

Replication: Edge of the Cedars, Blanding, Utah 

Heavily oxidized on the top causing brilliant orange and warm tones. Structurally sound. 

5.5" x 6"  

 

Personal Collection

#222  Olla

This is not an exact replication as it is slightly smaller than the original but painted the same. It was found in the Aztec West Ruin by Earl Morris in the "refuse above room 138." 

9.5" x 12" including handles

 

SOLD 

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#380 Wacky Eyed Bird Box - Pueblo II

Sometimes I give myself the liberty to just wing it.  I have been around prehistoric design so long that often "something that just hasn't been found yet" or "something that simply should have been made" appears in my hands.  Love this little guy.  Fired beautifully with super smooth clean whites.  3" x 7.5"

 

$150 

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#377  Tusayan Bird Vessel

Reference: Papers of the Peabody Museum No.38, 7615-S, Room 303

The shape and painted design put this piece in a class of its own.  Head form resembles a turkey.  The stylized wings bring to mind the T-shape symbolism of the time.

3.5" x 4.5"

 

SOLD $275

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#165  Red Mesa Black-on-White Bird Effigy

Reference:  www.rarepottery.com

Birds, birds, birds - The ancient world is full of their images on rock and ceramic.  This small effigy bird vessel is painted with ground mineral exactly like the original.  Very detailed and quite unique.  3" x 4.5" x 2.5" 

 

$75

#220 Mancos B/W Effigy Container

Reference: www.rarepottery.com

Birds, birds, birds - The ancient world is full of their images on rock and ceramic. Parrots, carried hundreds of miles from southern tropical areas, must have had a great importance.  Incredibly smooth and well balanced replication.  5" x 5.5"

 

SOLD ($350)

Edge of the Cedars Blanding Utah

#042 Black-on-White Bighorn Effigy

Reference:  Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

The actual piece was found by a hiker only a few years ago.  It's a pitcher, being completely hollow inside.  Notice the cloven hoof and the little upward curled tail.  When I replicate, I try to get the piece as near to exact size as possible (challenging because both air drying and firing, shrink the piece) and paint it as they did.  Notice that each side is slightly different, one having six "staircases", the other seven.  Also the "staircases" always descend from upper left to lower right, on both sides.  Easier to paint that way IF you are right handed.   2.75" x 6.75" x 8.75"  Pueblo II    

 

Personal Collection

Ancestral Puebloan Redwares

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#351 Deadmans Black-on-Red Bowl, 900-1050 A.D.

Reference: Rarepottery.com

The two arcing lines, running through the center of the bowl, create an eye shaped negative space, iconic to this type. The "Z" motif dangles from the rim on opposing sides. Beautiful Red/Orange slip with a nice shine.  8.5" x 3.25"  

 

SOLD ($285)

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#352 Tusayan Black-on-Red Bowl, 1050-1200 A.D.

Reference: Online Auction  

The asymmetrical saw tooth design, wanders it's way throughout the bowl's interior, possibly mimicing or predating Gallup or Chaco B/W. Question: Is your eye drawn to the positive or the negative space? Slip is from the Chinle formation with wild manganese paint. Beautiful color. 

7.75" x 3.5"

SOLD ($285) 

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#354 Deadmans Black-on-Red Seed Jar, 900-1050 A.D.  

Reference: Online auction

Finding "their" mineral paint, while hiking the backcountry of Utah, is fun but so experimental. Love the slight undertones of lavender in this paint. Spinning flags and a nearly pointed bottom make this piece perfectly balanced and unique.     7" x 3.25"  

SOLD ($285)

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#357 Bluff Black-on-Orange Bowl, 750-925 A.D.

Reference: Boulder Colorado University Museum  

A creature, lizard or toad or maybe something else, reaches up and out, looking you right in the face. What is the message it wants to tell?  The inside of bowl is slightly slipped, while the outside shows the color of the body clay in an unpolished state, just like the original. A tiny spot on the rim bumped against the sandstone in the kiln, producing a chip that has been repaired and made unnoticeable.     7.5" x 3.5"

SOLD

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#366 - Deadman Black-on-Red Ladle     Reference: Grand Canyon Museum, Arizona 900-1050 A.D.

The original consists of only the bowl portion. The handle had been broken off and ground smooth.  Here also (see#351) the design layout is made up of the two bisecting lines, that are so common to this type.  Many Deadman sherds in southeast Utah have a purple tinge to the paint.  Never thought I would find the right mineral matrix!  Looks beautiful on the Brushy Basin slip.  There is a slight separation of the clay in the bowl where the handle was joined. A product of drying shrinkage in the making process. Has no effect on the strength and is a testament to a handmade wild clay piece. Nice large ladle.

 5.25" x 13" x 2.5"      SOLD  ($350)

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#367 Deadman Black-on-Red Ladle, 900-1050 A.D.

Reference: Edge of the Cedars Museum, Blanding, Utah

Another beautiful ladle from the period, same basic design just simpler with an extremely fine handle. Happy it made it through the fire.  The paint is the same as #366 but the slip is from the Moenkopi formation, making it a bit brighter.  Ladles are rare for the Deadman type.  Lucky to have found two to replicate.

4.75" x 12.25" x 2"        $275 SOLD

Courtesy of Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding Utah

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#368  Bluff Black-on-Orange Effigy Handle Pitcher    Reference: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

The only Redware jar of the period and area (that I have seen) that has an animal form handle, Just as exceptional is the ground disk shape turquoise eyes. Maybe it's a dog (similar to the Black-on-White jars found in Northeast Arizona) or maybe a bighorn.  I did not have the exact measurements on the original.  Mine is slightly larger, more squat and my black paint is a little warmer and translucent.  But I feel privileged to have journeyed with the original artist for a bit.  And yes the replicated eyes are turquoise, ground by me. 

7.75" wide  x 8.5" tall      SOLD

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#370 - Medicine Black-on-Red Ladle  

Reference: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The collection's information states that the original was found in "Montezuma Cty, Colo" but that is all.  Sad that the provenience on so many pieces has been lost. Wish I knew the exact site.  Simple bold lines, accent the eye shape in the bowl's interior.  Handle is a flat slab of clay with a rounded end.  4.5" x 10"  

 

$200

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#297 -  Seed Jar
Seed jars held the most important things... like next year's planting seeds.  The deep red Chinle formation slip shows areas of greenish-yellow on the bottom where oxygen was sparse.  Common to see this in ancient pieces as well.  3.25" x 5.5"  

SOLD

Black-on-Red Gourd Pitcher
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#314 Gourd Pitcher

Gourd inspired ladles and pitchers show up in late Basketmaker as well as early Pueblo periods.  Usually not slipped, this one was my excitement to try out a new found clay. Burnished up super shiny. Love the profile on this piece.

5.5" x 4.25" with handle  

$200

Anasazi Featherbox
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#315 Feather Box

Reference: Online Auction

Tucked in kiva wall niches, left with feathers inside, one has to wonder the value of these tiny round boxes. The auction claims this piece is from the Four Corners area but actual provenience is lost.   

1.5" x 5.5"  

SOLD

Deadman's Black-on-Red Ladle
Canyon of the Ancients Pottery Replication

#322 Deadman Black-on-Red Ladle

Reference: Canyon of the Ancients Museum, Dolores CO

Only slipped in the interior.  The deep red/orange sets the black mineral paint off stunningly.  I intentionally left the handle and backside a bit gritty because that is how the original is as well.

1.5" x 5.5"  

SOLD ($150)

Abajo Red-on-Orange Pottery
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#317 Abajo Red-on-Orange Bowl

Reference: Canyon of the Ancients Museum

The dark red Corn Maiden, complete with hair whorls and long lizard like legs, completely fills the bottom of this bowl.  Finding this exact body clay was a challenge. Love the direct simpleness of these early redwares. 

3" x 7"  

SOLD

Alkali Ridge, San Juan County Utah

#323 Abajo Red-on-Orange gourd pitcher

Reference: Alkali Ridge, J.O. Brew excavations, Site 13

Piece is not slipped and has many haphazardly applied zig zags of hematite.  The natural smear of the bright red dust, brings vibrancy to the entire piece.

4" x 5.75"  

SOLD

Greywares

Anasazi Corrugated Jar
Mesa Verde Corrugated Cooking Jar

#349  Corrugated Jar

Jar has 66 rows of left thumb "Karrish" pinch.  The fingerprint impressions left on ancient sherds, was the clue I needed to master this pinch.  Perpendicular to the rim with just the slightest hook one way... but not the other.  Love this one, especially it's Mesa Verde egg shape.  

11" tall x 10" wide

 

SOLD ($550)

Ancient Arts
Ancient Arts

#350  Corrugated Jar

Jar has 74 rows of left thumb "Karrish" pinch.  This jar is testament to perseverance and endless observation to authentic sherds and pots.  Notice the three sections of plain rows.  A decorative touch added to the ancient world. Well fired with lovely fire clouds.  Feeling Blessed

11" tall x 10.5" wide

 

SOLD ($600)

Corrugated Mug
Southwest Corrugation

#345  Corrugated Mug

A little rustic mug with iron influenced gold tones and carbon clouds.  The fire sure signed the bottom of this one.  Makes the clockwise spin of the spiral even more pronounced.  Mug has 23 rows of right thumb pinch.

3.5" tall x 5.25" wide with handle

 

$100

Anasazi Corrugated Pitcher
Anasazi Corrugated Bottom

#333  Corrugated Pitcher/Mug   

This piece has 24 rows of left thumb "High Wave" pinch, producing a spiral effect that runs up to the rim. This Southeast Utah clay has just the right amount of natural grit for corrugation. 

4.5" tall x 5.5" wide with handle.

 

$150

CLC Studios
Primitive pottery

#348  Corrugated Jar

Wow - smoke clouds!!  Has 49 rows of left thumb "Domino" pinch.  The pinch is named for a ruin in Upper Grand Gulch and a spiritual experience I had there.  "Domino" gets me through when clay pinches go awry.  This jar developed a small fine line crack in the base during the firing, which has been filled and tinted.  Look closely, you MIGHT be able to find it.

8.5" tall x 7.5" wide

 

SOLD  ($300)

Effigy Mug
Corrugated mug bottom

#334  Effigy Handle Corrugated Mug

This mug with an animal perched on the side, peaking over the rim (hmmm... what animal is it?) was found near the Arizona/Utah line. Subtle warms and cool tones of the fired clay, lets the effigy have the spotlight.  Has 22 rows of "High Wave" pinch.  

4" tall x 5" wide with handle

 

Sold ($150)

Corrugated Mug
Slipped Corragation Mug

#233  Corrugated Mug

Corrugation, most commonly used in cooking jars, also appears in unique forms such as bowls and mugs which occasionally have a coating of white slip. 15 rows of pinching.  Structurally sound and rustic.  Artist Inspired

3" x 4.5" with handle

 

$50

Lino Grayware

#160 Lino Grey Double Pitcher, PI 550 A.D.

The actual piece popped up on Ebay.  Such a one of a kind vessel.  I replicated it to the inch and curve.  In my interpretation, the two vessels  onbecome one in the bottom area.  Now if we only new what it might have been used for.  3" x 5"

 

Personal Collection

Plains Pottery

Plains Woodland Pottery
Cord Impressed Replication Pottery

#244  Plains Woodland Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds from Eastern Colorado

Conical bottom with slight incurving rim.  Right leaning cord impression. Fired with willow, cottonwood bark and chips.  No cracks!  Man the fire gods painted up some magic on this one!

 10" x 13"   

 

SOLD

 Magic Mountain Woodland Pottery
Golden History Museum

#240 Plains Woodland Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds from Eastern Colorado

Conical bottom with straight walls.  Cord impressed.    

9" x 13.5"   

 

SOLD - On display, along with authentic artifacts from the Magic Mountain Site, at the Golden History Museum, Golden, Colorado

#242  Transitional Period Cooking Jar

Between the Early and Middle Ceramic Period on the Plains, approximately 1000 A.D., a somewhat transitional pot appears with a much smaller, receding conical bottom and a more pronounced incurving rim.  Left leaning cord impression.  Beautiful coloration.

8.25" x 8.75"

 

SOLD

Early Cermaic Plains Woodland

# 200  Early Ceramic Plains Woodland

This piece, made completely authentically on the Plains of Eastern Colorado, was featured in my Youtube video (see link on the "Home" page of this website.)  Fired to the right temperature, in the right atmosphere, producing the right color and no cracks!!!  The best of my Plains Woodland jars so far.  

10" x 15"

 

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Ft. Morgan Museum

#146 Classic Plains Woodland Jar

Inspiration: Early Ceramic Period sherds as well as the 12" section of a conical bottom in the Ft. Morgan Museum collections.  Conical bottom, straight walls and cord impressed.  This is a BIG BIG pot which matches the dimensions of the original. Over a thousand years ago this would have existed on the prairie.  Amazing. The firing gods painted this one real pretty as well.    

12.5" x  19.5"   

 

SOLD - On display at the Ft. Morgan Museum, Ft. Morgan , Colorado

#051 Late Transitional Plains Woodland Inspired.

Inspiration: Transitional pots between Plains Woodland and Upper Republican period,

1100 A.D.  Heavy bodied cooking pot with somewhat conical rounded bottom.  Cord impressed.  10" x 11"  

 

SOLD

#045 Upper Republican Phase Pot

Inspiration:  Carlson Chimney Canyon vessel,  Middle Ceramic Period,  Early Plains Village tradition.  900-1450 A.D.  Cord impressed. Beautiful smoke clouds.  Fired with chips and grass. No signature.  7.5" x 8"  

 

SOLD

Upper Republican Eastern Colorado Logan County Reproduction

#105  Upper Republican Cooking Pot

Replication: Donovan-Hobbs-Lewis Canyon vessel, Sterling, CO., Middle Ceramic Period, 990-1260 A.D.  Cord impressed, rounded bottom, collard rim with four horizontal incised line designs.  Oxidized with smoke clouds.  Nice pot representing a slightly more sedentary plains people.  7.5" x 8.5"       

 

SOLD

Plains Woodland Early Ceramic Jar

#082 Early Ceramic, Plains Woodland Vessel

Inspired by multitudes of sherds and the base portion of a similar vessel at the Ft.Morgan Museum, CO. Strong conical bottom, straight walls, and no shoulders.  Cord impressed and low fired in a limited oxidation atmosphere. As far as I know, there are only "pieces" of this particular type of vessel from the Plains. The ratio of height to width was determined using existing reference jars from the same culture/time period, found in Western Nebraska and Kansas, determining the overall size. 

This substantially large jar was possibly used for cooking the marrow from the long bones of Bison as well as rendering visceral fat.  The pointed bottom helps the pot stand upright when pressed into a bed of coals, cord impressions keep the outside surface of the pot cooler to touch and possibly help the clay walls to withstand the temperature variations of open fire cooking.  All of which is the artist's opinion. :)

THIS IS THE POT THAT STARTED IT ALL - THE GRAND DADDY OF EVERYTHING ELSE YOU SEE ON THIS SITE.       

 

11.5" x 17.5"    -   Personal Collection

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