Lawrence, Alma – Polychrome Bowl with Water Designs (1960’s)
Alma Lawrence was an original member of the 1938 Maricopa Pottery Cooperative. She is probably the most famous for her polychrome or “white and red” vessels. Her pottery is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and they are fired twice. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines. This bowl is one of her classic red and white or “polychrome” vessels. The inside of the bowl is slipped red. The outside top half is white and the lower half is red. There is a complicated water and river design painted on the bowl. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Alma” on the bottom.