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Pot with Incised Geometric Decoration

1988 Alice Cling Born: Cow Springs, Arizona 1946 fired clay with red clay slip and piƱon pitch 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (24.1 x 21.6 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.147 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

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Navajo potter Alice Cling uses clay dug from Black Mesa near her home in Arizona to make her highly polished pieces. She doesn't use a wheel to make her work, but instead follows the Navajo tradition of coiling strips of clay, then smoothing them together (Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994). The piece is fired in an open pit using cedar for fuel. Where the smoke comes into contact with the hot clay, discolorations or "fire clouds" form on the surface of the pot.


decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


About Alice Cling

Born: Cow Springs, Arizona 1946

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