Huma, Stella – Large Bowl with Hopi Birds (1960s)
This is a classic Hopi-Tewa bowl by Stella Huma. Stella Huma made pottery from 1960-1995. This large bowl is coil built and painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay slips. There are two large Hopi birds on either side. They are separated by rainbow patterns. The jar is tightly painted with strong use of the open space. The bowl was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom, “Stella Huma”. It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom “Stella Huma”.but with areas of fugitive black bee-weed. What is fugitive bee-weed? It’s when the artist painted the bee-weed on too heavily and it didn’t adhere during the firing so it would easily rub off after the firing. This is different than a piece that has a rub or scuff on the black areas.