Crow Pot

  • Christine McHorse, Crow Pot, 1991, kiln-fired and pit-fired micaceous clay with pinon pitch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock, 1997.124.159

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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.

Luce Object 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
Title
Crow Pot
Artist
Date
1991
On View
Dimensions
16 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (41.3 x 32.1 cm) diam
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock

Mediums
Mediums Description
kiln-fired and pit-fired micaceous clay with pinon pitch
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – crow
  • Landscape – plant – corn
Object Number
1997.124.159
Palette
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