Borts-Medlock, Autumn – “Soaring” Jar with Birds and Clouds

3.75"w x 4"h

$ 3,200.00

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her often fancifully carved pottery.  This piece is entitled, “Soaring”.  It is a striking water jar with a round shoulder and a slightly turned-out rim.  The jar has two birds carved into the clay and they are stone polished red. They are surrounded by clouds that are carved into the clay in overlapping layers.  Each could has a stippled band with a white clay edge. It’s amazing to see how many levels she is able to carve in the clouds as they swirl and overlap creating a sense of movement.  There are at least four different layers!  The clouds undulate around the surface of the piece.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Autumn Borts-Medlock”.

“These pieces were inspired by watching the clouds at Puye Cliffs (the ancestral home of the Santa Clara people) and at the Pueblo. I wanted to carve into the clay to create multiple layers on each piece.  More importantly, I wanted to create a sense of movement.  I did this through both colorations of the clouds and layers of carving. The cloud colorations combine several colors of clay and are meant to appear as if they are moving and you can see through them.  The birds are captured in flight, amongst the clouds and the cliffs.”