One of a Kind Offerings from the Fire

 

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Pieces not for use with food.  Over time pieces may darken slightly due to the absorption of airborne particles and pollutants, just like the ancient ones.

Ancestral Puebloan Pottery 

Fresh from the Fire - September 2021 - "One of my best firings to date"

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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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#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 

 

$275

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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)

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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"

 

$200 

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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"

 

$275

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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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#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

 

 $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

$250

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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)

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#384 Mesa Verde Mug

Reference: Center for New Mexico Archaeology collection

This piece rings like a bell when struck, an important assessment in ancient pottery production. The interaction of triangles brings life forms to view.   Cottonwood bark signed a tiny spot with a hint of glaze in the fire.    3.25” tall  x 5” wide with handle

 

 $350

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#389  Chaco Pitcher

Reference: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian

This form is my favorite.  Tall and slender, balanced on the bowl below. Here is the interaction of two designs, dots amongst a brick like grid and stepped clouds.  The paint bubbled in the warm-up period of firing, lifted and made light areas (slightly circular) in the blacks. An effect I love.  Some paints, usually those not properly aged, will do this.  But the evidence is not conclusive yet.  For now it is happenstance.  5" wide x 7.75" tall

SOLD ($375)

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#386  Chaco Black-on-White, Chaco Jar

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

I had photos of this jar from all sides, so the meanders are accurate.  Painted with mineral, as most Chaco jars were, the paints fades from black to gray to brown.  Some repetition in the pattern does occur if you search deeply.  Mostly your eyes wander through the maze finding your way home.  There is only one complete "stop".  This will be yours to find.  3.25" x 8"

SOLD ($550)

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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"

Sale Pending $500

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#393 McElmo Canteen

Reference: Aztec Ruin, New Mexico

Grapefruit sized vessel, found while digging a ditch near the ruin. "Story jars" are uncommon to the Four Corners.  The bighorns seem to have moved from a rock art panel and now trek across the pot.  Paint is completely unique in texture and color. 4.25" x 5"

 

SOLD

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#392 McElmo Canteen

Reference: Edge of the Cedars Museum, Utah 

Big, no HUGE, bird with webbed feet flees the hunters weapon, while a smaller bird carries a branch in it's beak.  Stories we will never completely understand but were important enough to share on a pot.  5.5" x 6"  

 

SOLD

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#378   Late Pueblo II Pitcher, 1050-1225 A.D.

Reference: Online photo

Stylized scrolls with 90 degree turns, consist of solid black lines as well as hatchured inlay. It was so tempting to insert a similar triangle in the open void along the bottom. Sometimes I have to remind myself, "Let the pots talk."    6.25" tall x 7" wide

 

$375

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More Black-on-White

Mesa Verde mug

#125  Mesa Verde Mug

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

Even thought this mug is not an actual replication, it was still made in an authentic manner.  Fired by the masters at the Southwest Kiln Conference, Safford, Arizona.  Excellent piece.  3.75" x4.5" with handle

 

$285

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 for now.  But after I love on it awhile, may let it go.  Message me ;)

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

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#246 Mesa Verde Bowl  

Reference: Mesa Verde National Parks Museum  

Notice that the stepped cloud pattern on the inside rim is not symmetrical.  If intentional, why?  Bird motif is iconic to the area and shows up occasionally on pottery.  Bowl is slightly smaller than the original.  Cleanly fired.  Beautiful Blacks and Whites.

4" x 8.5”  

 

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 Ladle
Mesa Verde ladle

#330 Pueblo II, Rattle Handle Ladle

Reference: Bowl portion of authentic ladle

Beads of clay rattle in the hollow handle of this large ladle.  The six topside perforations keep the handle from exploding during the firing process. The terraced steps in a modified scroll pattern appears in both the bowl and the handle. Ladles are tough to fire due to the small connection of clay between the bowl and handle.  Got lucky, this one is perfect.

5.25" bowl width x 14" long

 

 SOLD  ($350)

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)

Chaco Jar
Chaco cylinder jar
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#282  Chaco Jar

Reference: Pueblo Bonito

Of the nearly 200 hundred Chaco jars known, the average size is 4.25" x 9.5".   This one, just slightly smaller, has strap handles that set a bit lower, nearly mid point.  Some slight smudging on the side that faced down in the kiln.  Structurally sound.

3.75" x 8.75"

$300

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

#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

#214 Mesa Verde Canteen, PIII

Reference: Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, Colo., Chappell Collection  Both the original and the replication are of the best quality.  Only one tiny fire cloud near one handle. Easily one of my bests pieces to date.

5" x 6"

 

SOLD

#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 

Ancestral Puebloan Black-on-White Bird
Southwest Pottery Repliation

#344  Tusayan Bird Vessel

Reference: Papers of the Peabody Museum No.38

Fragments of several birds were found.  This one compiles some of those bits. Amazingly fired to perfection, showing off this beautiful white slip from northeast Arizona.  3" x 5.5"

 

SOLD  ($225)

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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"  

 

$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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#353 Tusayan Black-on-Red Jar, 1050-1200 A.D.

Reference: Online photo

Love this small jar with it's haphazard interlocking step pattern. I let the lines wander where they may.  Not because I can't make them perfect, but it's not what is meant to be. This piece has a shine!  Rock polished and yucca brushed manganese paint. Just a handful but what an eye catcher.   4.5" x 4"

SOLD ($150)

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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 unnoticable.     7.5" x 3.5"

$185

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#358 - Miniature Jar inspired by #356

Discussion of miniatures, including who made them and why, show up in nearly every museum.  Are they made by children in play or learning the trade? Are they alter pieces used in ceremonies? Or the last bits of a projects clay, inspiring the artist to have some fun?  Mine is the latter. Quite similar to the larger jar including handmade yucca cordage.    4.25" x 3.5"   

 

$100

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

Reference: Colorado History Museum, Denver Colorado

Precious jars to hold the seeds of next years planting.  The bold black deisgn is random with extra steps of dissimilar size.  The shoulder is nearly a ninety degree turn, testing the plasticity of the body clay.  Beautiful red with nice shine.    6.75" x   3.75"

$275

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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"       $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. 

4.75" x 12.25" x 2"        $275

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.

 

$135

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)

Primitive pottery
Southwest Corrugated

#339  Corrugated Jar

41 rows.  This pot represents the learning of the "Karrish" pinch (See big jars above.) Thankful for the shoulders of experience this pot gave to it's descendants. An added plus, it's soundly fired and beautifully marked.  This ones the website deal.
7.25" tall x 6" wide

 

$200

Effigy Mug
Corrugated 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

#197  Corrugated Mug

Reference: Earl Morris Memorial Collection, Museum of Natural History, Boulder, Colorado

Corrugation, most commonly used in cooking jars, sometimes appears in unique forms such as bowls and mugs.  This piece was intentionally smudged, making it look as though it had been used.  3.5" x 4.5" with handle

 

SOLD ($100)

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"

 

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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