Here is an extraordinary piece of Kinlicheni handmade pottery by the very talented Hanna Jay Family! This gorgeous olla pot is deeply hand carved with amazing symmetrical detail on a black slip.
This piece is designed with bear claws, water serpents "dancing for the rain", eagle feathers, and a step design that encircles the pot. On the top, there are intricate butterflies, lightning, another step design along with 2 beautiful inlaid natural turquoise stones. The turquoise gives this unique piece of art a special "pop" of color that sets this Kinlicheni pottery apart from the rest! Not only is this the most stunning piece of Navajo black ware pottery I have ever seen, but also the largest! This vintage olla pot measures a grand 16"w x 16"h and is 52.5 in circumference (around the widest part)!
The opening at the top measures 4.5 in diameter. The pot is signed with "Kinlicheni" and the year "96" on the bottom. It is extremely rare that you find a piece of authentic Navajo pottery this well done and of this large of size. This beautiful eye-catching pot would be the center of attention in any room!
Condition: This piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Please look at all photos for a closer look at details. The original owner of the pot was a friend of Hanna Jay and her family. About the Artisan: Hanna Jay of the Rainbow Clan has been a potter for many years. Her grandmother made Santa Clara style pottery before her.
She has taught her husband, Johnnie and her son Norman to pot as well. Hanna Jay and her family live near Hovenweep in the Four Corners area on the Navajo reservation. She incorporates the Navajo culture into each of her pieces. How Kinlicheni Pottery is Made : We use a neutral dirt and mix our own mud. To form our pot, we make a homemade sand cast (like a mole), only wide open at the top so we can slap the mud or dough inside the open sand cast.
We let the mud settle for awhile and then take it out to let the pot dry for 1-2 days. Then we thoroughly clean the pot and it's ready to be hand carved on. After the carving, we do a final cleaning and then it's time for the first firing. Now the pot is ready for the slip to be applied (this is a handmade slip). After the slip is applied, the pot is fired for a final time.What the Symbols Mean: The water serpent dancing for the rain with lightning coming out of its mouth is for protection but also shows that it knows the rain songs. The feathers with step designs is so that you may always progress in life - they encircle each pot to form a shield of protection. The bear claw is a symbol of power and protection from harm, danger or evil spirit. Per Hanna Jay and her family, the pottery they create brings a blessing of beauty and good luck to your home, family and your lifestyle. Please let me know if you have any questions at all, thank you! The item "INCREDIBLE KINLICHENI NAVAJO POTTERY HUGE OLLA POT BLACK with TURQUOISE 16x16" is in sale since Saturday, April 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "leftystreasurebox" and is located in Lee's Summit, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.