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THIS OFFERING IS FOR AN Elegant 8.5 Navajo Indian Pinon Pitch Vase Pot Pottery by Alice Cling. PLEASE SEE DETAILS BELOW: ALL WEIGHTS, MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES ARE APPROXIMATE. Daughter of a well-known traditional Native American potter, Alice Cling is in the vanguard of contemporary Navajo ceramists, credited with being the first to polish her ware with a smooth well-worn river stone instead of the traditional corn cob. Hallmarks of her work are its sleek, stylized shapes with minimal decoration and a unique, highly polished surface. Each pot is made by hand, never on a wheel, of local red clay whose source is a well-kept secret.Coated with pinon pitch and dried on a wood-burning stove in her living room, each is signed by the artist, whose award-winning work is increasingly collectible. The gorgeous piece is quite large measuring 8.5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Alice Cling is arguably one of the best known Navajo pitch potters. Her mother taught her the art of pine pitch pottery making, an art shared by her two sisters, Susie Crank and Sue Williams. Cling's Navajo pots are hand coiled and covered with pine sap creating a rough surface. She then takes a smooth stone and burnishes the pot to smooth out the texture. The darkened areas of her pottery are made when the pottery is fired.
Her pots, embellished with the traditional thin coat of pitch, are deceptively simple. Their lasting beauty comes from her unusual use of clay and from the striking colors caused by outdoor firing.Alice learned how to make pottery from her mother, Rose Williams, an innovative Navajo potter who had been trained by her aunt, Grace Barlow, who had raised Rose at Shonto. After graduating from an Indian school, Alice married Jerry Cling. The family digs the brown-firing clay from a special place near Black Mesa, screens it to eliminate impurities, and mixes it with sand for temper and with water to make it workable. Alice's particularly unusual aesthetic contribution to the Navajo pottery renaissance is the magnificent coloration she achieves on the softly burnished and lightly pitch-coated surfaces of her forms. WE LEAVE FAIR AND HONEST FEEDBACK VERY SOON AFTER RECEIVING THE SAME. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT OFFER A LOCAL PICK-UP BUT ARE HAPPY TO COMBINE S&H FOR MOST ITEMS. UNLESS AN ITEM IS GROSSLY MISREPRESENTED, ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
WE DO OUR BEST TO DESCRIBE OUR ITEMS BUT SINCE WE SELL AUTHENTIC HAND MADE ARTIFACTS, ARTISTIC DIFFERENCES AND PC MONITER COLOR SETTINGS MUST BE CONSIDERED. IF IN DOUBT, PLEASE ASK. The item "Elegant 8.5 Navajo Indian Pinon Pitch Vase Pot Pottery by Alice Cling" is in sale since Saturday, October 31, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "fargocargo" and is located in Kachina Haven.This item can be shipped to United States.