Claw, Silas and Bertha – Wedding Vase with Shepherdess with Two Sheep and Dog (1990s)

5.5"w x 9"h

$ 400.00

This is a classic wedding vase by Silas Claw and Bertha Claw.  Bertha would make the pottery and the applique designs were applied and painted by Silas.  They began working together in 1968. This wedding vase has a Navajo shepherdess on one side with her traditional Navajo skirt on a horse. As the piece is turned there are two sheep and a dog following the horse.  It is a charming piece with a lot of design and detail.  Their work is certainly “folk art” but there is wonderful detail created in Silas’s designs.  The colors were often oil paint applied after the firing to give the pieces a more “realistic” appearance. The piece would then be coated with varnish or a more traditional pinon pitch.  This vase is signed, S. B. C.” on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.