ca. 1990 Christine McHorse Born: Morenci, Arizona 1948 pit-fired micaceous clay with piñon pitch 5 3/4 x 13 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. (14.6 x 35.2 x 30.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1997.124.160 Not currently on view
Christine McHorse uses both traditional and contemporary processes for her clay creations. She fired this pot in the old Navajo mannerin an outdoor pit using cottonwood bark for fueland coated it with piñon pitch. For other work, she uses an electric kiln because it allows better control and thinner clay walls.
"I feel as Navajo as anyone elseI can make my own taboos and traditions."
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Animal - reptile - lizard
decorative arts - ceramic