Medicine Flower, Grace – Chipmunk and Avanyu Seedpot (1975)
Grace Medicine Flower began her career making miniature pottery with incised designs. This is an intricate seedpot is from 1975. It is round in shape and fully polished. The seedpot is etched with a chipmunk on one side in a circular medallion. Around the shoulder of the seedpot is a water serpent (avanyu). The rest is left polished red. The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”. It is intricate, elegant and a stunning piece of history.
When the pottery comes out the way she should, it’s always the Clay Lady. She’s the one who’s giving you all this. She’s a piece of clay in your hands that you were blessed with. For all the years I’ve been potting it’s taught me patience. If it brakes in the fire, then there’s next time. Have patience, enjoy what you are doing, and really, really talk to the Clay Lady. Like my dad said, prayers and patience.” Grace Medicine Flower, Spoken Through Clay