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Gaylon Westika was born in 1979 in Zuni New Mexico. He is the son of Anderson and Availia Peynetsa. His parents also influenced Gaylon and taught him the traditional way of making pottery. Gaylon uses all natural slips for his pottery, clay gathered from the grounds of Zuni NM, along with traditional painting tools and techniques. Gaylon has shwon at the Heard museum, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Indian Market in Santa Fe NM, the Gallup Ceremonial, and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos.

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Westika, Gaylon – Duck Figure with Dragonfly

Gaylon Westika is the son of noted potters Anderson and Avelia Peynetsa.  Each piece is coil built and painted with classic Zuni imagery.  This is a smaller duck figure.  The duck has two feathers on the head and rainbirds painted on the body.  At the back of the duck is a dragonfly.  Dragonflies are significant as prayer messengers. The body of the piece is a darker red and the eyes are the more orange-red clay.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Gaylon says of his art:

“I work hard to develop pottery that speaks both to me and others about the beauty that exists here in Zuni. With the completion of each piece, I believe the breath of my ancestors live on, reminding us of the Zuni culture, traditional design and lifestyle we strive to preserve.” Gaylon Westika

$ 400.00
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