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Crow Pot

1991 Christine McHorse Born: Morenci, Arizona 1948 kiln-fired and pit-fired micaceous clay with pinon pitch 16 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (41.3 x 32.1 cm) diam Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.159 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B


Luce Center Quote

"Beauty and simplicity is the basis of my work in clay and silver. The shiny earth and metal provide means of expression through the oldest of crafts." The artist, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, ca. 1987-1998, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Luce Center Label

Navajo potter Christine McHorse uses sparkling mica clay from the mountains around Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico. She breaks several Navajo traditions in her work by applying imagery to the clay and firing it in an electric kiln, but believes "I can make my own taboos and traditions" (Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990). Animals are important in Native American culture, and in these pieces McHorse has incorporated the crow, symbol of the gateway to the supernatural, and the wolf, which Navajos regard as a teacher of wisdom.

Keywords

Animal - bird - crow

Landscape - plant - corn

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

clay

About Christine McHorse

Born: Morenci, Arizona 1948

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