Manygoats, Elizabeth – Wedding Vase with Navajo Scene with Dog and Chicken
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. There is a lot going on around the jar and it is both clever and charming. There is a Navajo girl reading a book. Around her on the “ledge” on the opposite side is a dog. In relief around the jar are a chicken, cactus, and mesas in the distance. The various colors are added to highlight the imagery. The jar is traditionally fired to create the 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.