Lucas, Yvonne – Four Color “Clouds over the Corn Fields” Jar

8.5"w x 5.5"h

$ 1,550.00

Yvonne Lucas learned to make pottery from her husband, Steve Lucas, and his aunt, Dextra Qutoskuyva.  She is one of the few Laguna potters who use all traditional materials and traditionally fires their pottery.  This jar is slipped with white clay which is stone polished.  Yvonne then paints the designs with bee-weed (black) and red and clay slips for color.  The jar is entitled, “Clouds over the Corn Fields”. The neck of the jar has red and black clouds. The red is stone polished and the black is bee-weed.  The shoulder of the jar has eight diamond shaped corn fields with a checkerboard design.  The base of the jar is also black-and-red, with the designs of the sprouting plants.  It is a classic design with a slightly modernist approach.  The jar is very thin-walled and it was traditionally fired. There is just a slight bit of a blush from the firing.  The piece is signed, “Y. Lucas”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Yvonne has said of her pottery art:

“Am I a Laguna revivalist? I don’t think of myself as a revivalist. Nobody taught me from Laguna. My only tie is Evelyn Cheromiah. I’ve researched by looking at books and taking pictures of historic pots in museums. I pull different designs from the historic pots or just from my imagination. Sometimes, when I look at my pottery, I think, “I can’t believe I made this.”  Yvonne Lucas, Spoken Through Clay