Blue Corn – Large Plate with Avanyu and Feather Designs (1960s)
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 larger plates. It is fully polished and patined. The rim has an avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece. The center has a variety of cloud and feather designs. There are actually seven different feather designs and two different cloud patterns! In the center is a rain design. The plate is painted in a buff-on-red style. The highly polished red is in contrast to the matte painted surface. The back of the plate is also fully polished on the curve of the piece. In terms of size, plates over 12″ diameter are also more of a challenge to fired and to have them not break in the firing. The plate was traditionally fired to create the coloration. The plate is signed in the clay on the back, “Blue Corn”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.