Cosen, Reycita – Clay Candlesticks with Bear Handles (1970s)
This is a creative pair of candlesticks by Reycita Cosen. She was a daughter of potter Pasqualita Baca, a niece of Nestora Silva, and a sister of Helen Shupla. She was known for the complex carving on her pottery. Each piece was coil built, carved, stone polished, and traditionally fired. These are a complex set of candlesticks. They each have a bear handle. Reycita was famous for the bear handles on her pottery. Extending out from the base (to create stability) is a kiva step or cloud shape. The entire surface is fully polished and they have fired a dark black. The bottom of one is signed, “Reycita Cosen” and the other is stone polished. They are in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.