Blue Corn – Polychrome Jar with Feather Pattern
This is striking polychrome jar by Blue Corn. Blue Corn began by making black-on-black pottery but it is her polychrome potter for which she is the most famous. This water jar is fully polished tan and then it is painted. The black is a black clay and the is an additional clay slip. The jar has a feather pattern painted along the neck. Blue Corn used a green clay slip at the tips of the feathers and in the cloud design above. Interestingly, the body of the jar is all one coloration but as it was traditionally fired outside, the area above the shoulder appears to be a lighter coloration than the base, adding one more visually striking dimension to this piece. The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is one small area of black slip loss and a small air bubble along one feather. Both can be seen in the same photo. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Blue Corn”.