Borts-Medlock, Autumn – Box with Foxes, Fox Lid, and Turquoise (2017)
Autumn Borts-Medlock is famous for her often fancifully carved pottery and 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 and mauve clays. On either side of the fox are flower patterns which are polished and surrounded by a micaceous clay slip. The other sides of the box have lightning patterns, rain, and additional flower patterns. Now 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 on the back of the fox figure. The fox figure is sculptural and matches the fox on the box. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Autumn Borts Medlock”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.