Garcia, Tammy – Open Flower Bowl with Quail (2019)
This new bowl by Tammy Garcia is a classic open bowl which is carved on the inside. The bowl itself is fluted, and when set in a stand looks like a flower! The inside of the bowl is carved with a Mimbres inspired quail on the inside. The entire design is carved in different layers. The quail is surrounded by a “frame” of flower and plant designs. There are Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones inset into the flowers. This style of “frame” with a central medallion and external designs is a new direction in Tammy’s pottery over the past few years. It is a striking way to create various layers and dimension to her work. The outside of this bowl is perfectly smooth and contrasts with the carved and polished interior. The bowl is signed on the back and it sits in a museum mount which allows the design to easily be seen at any angle. Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery and been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s award. It’s not surprising that with the intricate nature of her pottery she makes only about ten pieces of pottery a year. Yes. Ten! Yet each piece is unique and expands on her distinctive style and voice in the clay.