Borts-Medlock, Autumn – Box with Foxes and Fox Lid
Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her often fancifully carved pottery and the use of unique shapes. The boxes are inspired by the traditional cornmeal boxes which were used ceremonially. Today, few potters consider making boxes, as they are technically so difficult. This amazing box is a larger size and captures that amazing ability Autumn has to combine her fanciful designs with classic Santa Clara imagery. This box has a fox craved on one side and it is fully polished. The head and eyes are highlighted with white a mauve clays. On either side of the fox are flower patterns that are polished and surrounded by a micaceous clay slip. The other sides of the box have lightning, rain and additional flower patterns. Note the corners of the box where the flowers are polished, which is very complicated to achieve a good polish at that angle. The lid is micaceous and there is a single inset piece of Damale Turquoise (which is green in color) on the back of the fox figure. The fox figure is sculptural and is meant to the fox on the box. The box is built with a “lip” on the inside rim, which is where the lid rests. The inside of the box and the bottom of the lid are also painted with designs. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.