Lucas, Yvonne – Rain and Cloud Design Bowl

9"w x 6"h

$ 2,200.00

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.  The bowl is slipped with white clay which is polished.  She then paints the designs with bee-weed (black) and red and tan clay slips for color.  The bowl is thin-walled and the designs are very delicately painted onto the surface. The rain designs are the linear patterns while the clouds are the swirls.  The red clay slip which has just a bit of mica in it which Steve Lucas introduced to Hopi.  The style of the designs have a very classic appearance for Laguna pottery.  There is also the small half circle areas of polished tan which add to the overall variety of coloration.  The bowl was traditionally fired and there is just a slight bit of a blush from the firing.  The bowl 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