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Lizard Pot

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

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Christine McHorse uses both traditional and contemporary processes for her clay creations. She fired this pot in the old Navajo manner—in an outdoor pit using cottonwood bark for fuel—and 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 else—I can make my own taboos and traditions."
—Christine McHorse

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006


Animal - reptile - lizard

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


About Christine McHorse

Born: Morenci, Arizona 1948

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