Pot with Incised and Cut-out Decoration

  • Lorraine Williams, Pot with Incised and Cut-out Decoration, ca. 1992, fired clay with piñon pitch and slip, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1997.124.182

Luce Center Label

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.

Luce Object Quote

"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

Title
Pot with Incised and Cut-out Decoration
Artist
Date
ca. 1992
On View
Dimensions
13 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. (34.1 x 37.6 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired clay with piñon pitch and slip
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
Object Number
1997.124.182
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

1992
fired clay with piñon pitch and slip

More Artworks from the Collection

1995
fired micaceous clay
ca. 1984
fired clay, with slip and beeweed
1988
fired clay with red clay slip and piñon pitch
ca. 1985
fired clay with piñon pitch