Artist Media Series
This bowl by Jacob Koopee is from around 2000. It is coil-built and painted with bee-weed (black) and clay slips. The bowl is round with the design on top. The piece has a classic eagle tail design. The tails extend toward the shoulder while the swirls are the wings. The red and white areas are stone polished while the burgundy red is matte. Note the very thinly painted lines on this piece! The bowl was traditionally fired to create the blushes and colorations on the surface. The piece is signed on the bottom, “Koopee” and a flute player hallmark. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Jake won numerous awards during his career including “Best of Show” in 2005 at both Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Market. I was lucky to have been a pottery judge both years at both events, and it was exciting to see an artist create such dynamic work.