Lucas, Yvonne – Jar with Leaf Designs
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. The jar is slipped with a white clay and then painted with a red clay slip and bee-weed (for the black). The design has a leaf pattern around the neck and in the central diamond-shaped medallions. Separating the medallions are rainbow bands which are polished red. The designs are a striking flow of round and linear patterns. The contrast of the red and black on the white works perfectly for this size. The jar is traditionally fired outdoors, so there are blushes on the surface creating the slightly tan areas. The jar is thin-walled and perfectly shaped. Yvonne focuses on the black-on-red coloration, as that was a style seen at Laguna Pueblo around 1900. This is Yvonne’s way of paying tribute to these pieces but also giving it her own modern style. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.
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