Lewis, Lucy – Fineline Star and Mountain Design Bowl with Lightning Rim (1975)
This is a striking larger bowl by Lucy Lewis. She is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This bowl is coil built and painted with bee-weed (a plant) for the black and red clay slip on the rim. The bowl has alternating fine-line painted star patterns with triangular mountain patterns. The alternating designs create a dramatic appearance on the bowl. What is unusual is the rim, which is corrugated with a lightning design. Zoom in and note how in the red areas there is a very subtle texture from the implement used to create the triangle design. The corrugation with the lightning has a very complementary appearance with the bowl. The piece is from 1975. It is native fired and has a beautiful coloration to the white clay slip. It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.