Lucas, Steve – Large Jar with Katsina and Rain Designs (1995)
Steve Lucas is one of the leading Hopi-Tewa potters working today. Each piece is coil built, stone polished, painted with native clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. Steve has won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work remains some of the most refined and creative. This large jar is from 1995 and won a Second Place Ribbon at Santa Fe Indian Market. The shape, with the wide shoulder and the short neck, is perfect for his design. The design is an interesting deconstruction of Katsina faces. There is a Longhair face a Chakwaina half-moon design. The other patterns are various Hopi-Tewa eagle tail and rain designs. The deep red is stone polished and it is a striking contrast to the black areas. Note the very finely painted lines and the hatchwork designs. These add to the overall impact of the jar. The piece was traditionally fired and has slight blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. Lucas” and a mudhead (koyemsi) and an ear of corn (corn clan). It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or reapir.