Lorraine Williams carves Navajo symbols into the surface of her clay pots. The geometric pattern on this pot may have been inspired by traditional basket designs, which often include zigzags and triangles. Williams originally applied plant dyes to the surface of her clay pieces. Her father disapproved, however, because these were the same dyes used in ceremonial face painting, so she now uses commercial pigments.
“I decided to draw on the clay … By mistake I made a hole in a pot, and I went ahead and cut it out.” Artist quoted in Susan Peterson, Pottery by American Indian Women, 1997
Pot with Incised and Cut-out Decoration
- ca. 1992
- 13 3⁄8 x 14 3⁄4 in. (34.1 x 37.6 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
- Mediums Description
- fired clay with piñon pitch and slip
- Abstract – geometric
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