Borts-Medlock, Autumn – Box with Avanyu
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 box is very traditional with a water serpent encircling the piece. The avanyu is fully polished and the tongue is slipped with micaceous clay. The lid is micaceous with a polished top. The eye of the avanyu is a single piece of Damale Turquoise inset on the back. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is a striking use of traditional designs and form.