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The Shinnecock Indian Nation is a federally recognized tribe of historically Algonquian-speaking Native Americans based at the eastern end of Long Island, New York. This tribe is headquartered in Suffolk County,[1] on the southeastern shore. Since the mid-19th century, the tribe's landbase is the Shinnecock Reservation within the geographic boundaries of the Town of Southampton. They are descended from the historic Pequot and Narragansett peoples of southern New England, whose bands also occupied eastern Long Island.

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Leonard, Courtney – “Artifice” Multi-Hole Breach Series Vessel

Courtney M. Leonard has been called, “One of the strongest emerging voices in the field of ceramics today”.  Her pottery is  meticulously crafted to contain historical and cultural references, but also to make the viewer reflect on their own relationship with nature and sustainability.  This very large multi-holed vessel is inspired by the structures made for reviving coral growth.  The use of mica clay can be seen just under the surface of the piece.  The surface is created with her own hand-made glazes and the inside is glazed with a blue slip.  The mixture of the blue inside and the rough textured surface are striking.  What makes this piece so dynamic is that it can sit on the end or side!  The holes actually give the piece a strong structure.   This piece is part of her series entitled, “Breach”.  It is an exploration of historical ties to water and whale; imposed law; and a current relationship of material sustainability.

Leonard is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, has long been exploring those fraught relationships — between native and non-native people, between native people and their traditional hunting practices, and between all people and the natural balance of the world.  The Shinnecocks, whose name means “People of the Stony Shore,” had taught the colonists how to whale when they first arrived on the South Fork.  Garth Johnson of the Ceramics Research Center says, “Her art manages to be both poetic and political, and also simultaneously personal and universal”

 We are excited to represent Courtney’s work at King Galleries.  It adds to the depth of indigenous art we represent as we add important potters from across the country.  Courtney’s intricate pieces balance both exceptional clay work with a strong, thoughtful content!
$ 1,200.00
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