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Lucas, Steve – Bowl with Katsinas and Sky Designs

Lucas, Steve – Bowl with Katsinas and Sky Designs

8"w x 4.25"h
$ 1,600.00
Availability: Out of stock

This is a wide bowl by Steve Lucas.  The top and bottom are fully polished red. The center section is painted with stylized katsina masks and star patterns.  Steve said of this style of his pottery:

“I try to mix the abstract and the classic design elements on the top to show how the two could be connected. I was always interested looking at stars and finding inspiration there. Where I fire there are no street lights. I can sit at night and see everything and watch a lot of stars.  In my pottery the katsina masks are not an exact representation of them but simply have elements of them in there. I would go and watch the dances, and I liked the way the katsinas looked so I began to put them on the pottery.”  Steve Lucas, Spoken Through Clay

On this jar, it is possible to see a variety of different katsinas from a Chakwaina to Kokopelli to Ogres.  The designs are painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. The red clay is stone polished for shine and there is just a bit of mica in the clay.  The bottom of the jar is fully polished red.  The jar is traditionally fired which creates the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.


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Artist

Artist

Lucas, Steve (b. 1955)

Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas is a great-great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano.  His grandmother was Rachel Nampeyo and his great-grandmother was Annie Healing.  While Steve grew up around potter he primarily learned the art from his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. His pottery is amazingly thin-walled, and each piece has a dynamic use of form and design. The pottery is coil built, stone polished, painted and traditionally fired.  Steve uses not only traditional designs but often gives his own creative "spin" to the ancient imagery.  His pottery is signed with his name and the Mudhead symbol, or Koyemsi. This is reflective of his Hopi-Tewa clan.   Steve has won numerous awards for his pottery, including "Best of Show" at Santa Fe Indian Market.  We are pleased to carry his works at both our Scottsdale and Santa Fe locations.  Steve is featured artist in the recent book by our gallery owner Charles S. King, 'Spoken Through Clay". Click Here to See more works by Steve Lucas!
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