Blue Corn – Bowl with Lighter Inset (1972)
Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery. This is one of her polychrome pieces. It is polished on the surface and painted with red and black clay slips for the bugs, birds and fish. On the top of the bowl she has inserted a lighter. This was not unexpected of pieces from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. This piece was made as a Christmas gift to Richard Spivey in 1972. The bowl was signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The “striker” can be removed, although the silver inset that holds it is glued into the piece. I kept the striker with the piece, as it makes for a more interesting part of the history of this piece.