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