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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 have changed the face of contemporary Hopi pottery. Each piece is coil-built, fully stone polished, painted with native clays and bee-weed (black), and native-fired. This piece was originally purchased in the 1990s. The rim and base have a mountain design that is triangular in shape. 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 with 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Rondina Huma”, although light, it is still fired into the clay.