Simple, Sophisticated, and Absolutely Stunning!!! Just a few words to describe this GORGEOUS Native American pot by Frances Chavarria one of the famous Santa Clara Pueblo Potters. It has a lovely urn shape frame bearing a grooved rim around the top and intricately carved designs similar to lightning bolts vertically on the sides of the body. It is hand made with elite pottery skills by Frances Chavarria and special techniques distinctive to Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery. It is going to be a wonderful addition to other Native American pieces or making a statement solo in a display cabinet, shelf of your etagere, or on an accent table in a hallway. This extraordinary black sculpted pot will exude just the right touch of Native American AWESOME-NESS anywhere you choose!
Frances M. Chavarria was a potter from Santa Clara Pueblo. She was born in 1906. Her husband was Antonio Chavarria. She began producing pottery for the marketplace around 1930 and stopped in 1990. Frances preferred to make utilitarian and functional ware such as pitchers, candy dishes, sugar and creamer sets, salt and pepper shakers and candle stick holders. The market for those kinds of pieces was strong then and still is now. Frances passed on in 2000.
Pueblo pottery is made using a coiled technique that came into northern Arizona and New Mexico from the south, some 1500 years ago. In the four-corners region of the US, nineteen pueblos and villages have historically produced pottery. Although each of these pueblos use similar traditional methods of coiling, shaping, finishing, and firing, the pottery from each is distinctive. Various clays gathered from each pueblo’s local sources produce pottery colors that range from buff to earthy yellows, oranges, and reds, as well as black. Fired pots are sometimes left plain and other times decorated, most frequently with paint and occasionally with applique. Making pueblo pottery is a time-consuming effort that includes gathering and preparing the clay, building, and shaping the coiled pot, gathering plants to make the colored dyes, constructing yucca brushes, and, often, making a clay slip. Today, Pueblo potters continue to honor this centuries-old tradition of hand-coiled pottery production yet value the need for contemporary artistic expression as well. -Museum of Northern Arizona.
Accomplished potter and Impeccable Native American style! This lovely Frances Chavarria Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery pot has it ALL! Don’t wait! Make it YOURS!!!