Huma, Rondina – Bowl with Geometric Shard Design (1989)
Rondina Huma has certainly been one of the most influential Hopi potters working today. Since her two-time “Best of Show” award at Santa Fe Indian Market, her tight style and intricately painted pottery has changed the face of contemporary Hopi pottery. Each piece is coil built, fully stone polished and painted with native clays and bee-weed (black), and native fired. This piece was originally purchased in 1989. The rim has a rain and cloud pattern with a red polished section. Below the rim is a triangular mountain design. The remainder of the piece is her famous pottery shard squares. The squares are larger than in her later work, but there is still a striking flow of the pattern. The red clay is polished while the black (bee weed) is painted onto the burnished surface. The bowl is traditionally fired to create the coloration. Rondina says that she tries to not duplicate the same “shard” patterns on the same vessel! The tight patterns became more and more intricate and detailed in each passing year. An amazing part of this piece is that the entire interior is also fully polished! Rondina says that she makes pieces with openings large enough to fit her hand so that she can fully polish the inside! The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.