Manygoats, Elizabeth – Large Wedding Vase with Navajo Scene with Dog and Mesa
Elizabeth Manygoats is a daughter of noted potter Betty Manygoats. She is known for her folk-art style pottery with figures in relief or applique on the surface. Elizabeth says that she often emphasizes Navajo women and their daily lives in her work because “They’re the ones I look up to.” This wedding is very thin-walled and it is made in the style of her mother, Betty Manygoats, with the spouts both extending out from the neck of the jar. The vase has a wide shoulder and on one side is a woman holding a wedding basket and the other has a dog. Behind the woman is the sun, clouds, cat, and rooster, all in relief. The opposite side has a mesa and birds behind the dog. The wedding vase is beautifully fired with great colorations from the smoke. The various colors are added to highlight the imagery. The jar is traditionally fired to create variations in color to the clay surface. After the firing, the entire piece is covered in pine pitch in the manner of traditional Navajo pottery. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “EM.” Elizabeth has won numerous awards for her pottery over the years. It can also be found in museums throughout the southwest.