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Blue Corn – Polychrome Jar with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Blue Corn – Polychrome Jar with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

4"w x 4.5"h
$ 875.00
Availability: In stock

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery and her creative use of various clay slips on her pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso.  This is one of her few carved pieces which is also polychrome. The jar is carved with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece.  The bowl is polished tan and the avanyu and the carved areas are outlined with a black clay.  The background area is slipped with a taupe colored clay.  The result is a striking appearance where the depth of the carving is enhanced by the coloration.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are two small bubbles in the taupe area below the neck of the avanyu, which appear in coloration to have occurred at the time of the firing.


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Artist

Artist

Blue Corn (1921 - 1999)

Blue Corn Pottery

Blue Corn was born "Crucita Calabaza" at San Ildefonso Pueblo. She learned to make pottery from her mother. Blue Corn attended school at the Pueblo in her early years. She then went to Santa Fe Indian school, which was 24 miles from home. While attending Indian School in Santa Fe her mother and father died and she was sent to live with relatives in Southern California. Here she worked as a maid for a short time in Beverly Hills. At the age of 20, Blue Corn married Santiago 'Sandy' Calabaza who was a silversmith from Santo Domingo pueblo. Together they settled at San Ildefonso where she bore and raised ten children. During World War II, Blue Corn worked as a housecleaner in Los Alamos for the physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer.She was renowned for her polychrome Blue Corn pottery but also for her distinctive blackware. In 1981 she won the "Governor's Award", which is New Mexico's highest artistic honor. Blue Corn Pottery was so exacting and innovative in her designs that over a decade after her passing, her pottery continues to be influential and highly sought after. In both a testament to her skill as an potter and a reflection of her creativity, she was posthumously awarded the 2008 "Lifetime Achievement Award" by SWAIA and her work can also be found in "Legacy of Generations".
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