Manygoats, Betty – Wedding Vase with Corn Designs
Betty Manygoats is known for distinctive Dine (Navajo) pottery with it’s “folk art” feel to the designs. Around 1978 she began using the horned lizard as a design on her pottery, but she often includes other traditional imagery. This wedding vase is her signature shape with the two spouts extending outward from the neck. There are corn plants on either side in relief. Corn is one of the Four Sacred Plants. They are Corn (North), Beans (east), Squash (South) and tobacco (west). The piece has been traditionally fired and there are some beautiful color variations from the heat of the fire! After the vase is fired, it is covered in pine pitch in the manner of traditional Navajo pottery. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “BM.” Betty has won numerous awards for her pottery over the years. It can also be found in museums throughout the southwest.