Lucas, Yvonne – Large Jar with Hummingbird Designs

10"w x 5.5"h

$ 1,800.00

This is a large early piece by Yvonne Lucas.  She 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.  As this is one of her early pieces, it is made using Hopi clay and stylized Hopi designs. Typical of her work, it is highly polished and very tightly painted.  There are hummingbirds painted on the jar.  Note the complexity in the fine-line areas and the checkerboard. The red areas are stone polished.  It was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  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