Begaye, Nathan – Polychrome Open Bowl (1993)
Nathan Begaye was a unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters. His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his clay art flow between the two distinctive styles and yet find their own unique space. His work used traditional designs, forms, and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern. This open bowl is in the shape of a more traditional “stew bowl” with the sloping sides. The entire piece is polished white. The interior rim is fully painted with cloud and rain patterns. Interestingly, all the colors are stone polished before the piece is fired. The outside of the bowl is also fully painted with rain and cloud designs. Again, all the colored areas are stone polished. It is a very complex bowl and intricately painted for the designs to match the shape. The bowl is signed on the bottom int he clay. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.