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Mabel Sunn 1978

Mabel Sunn was the mother of Barbara Johnson and one of the best known of the Maricopa potters. She was part of the revival of Maricopa pottery in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Sunn, Mabel – Bowl with Snake Design (1960’s)

This is an iconic bowl by Mabel Sunn from the 1960’s. The piece is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and twice fired.  The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines.  Today, there are very few Maricopa artists making pottery.   Mabel was well-known for the relief snakes on her pottery. T his piece has the bowl polished red with the snake in relief and polished tan. It is also polished on the inside.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Mabel Sunn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 425.00
Sunn, Mabel – Large Bowl with Wind Designs (1967) with Ribbon

This is a large wide bowl by Mabel Sunn from 1967. The piece is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and twice fired.  The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines.  Today, there are very few Maricopa artists making pottery.   Mabel was well-known for pottery style and this large bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside.  It is painted around the shoulder with a wind design.  It received a First Place ribbon from the 1967 Arizona State Fair.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Mabel Sunn”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 550.00
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