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This lidded jar by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1987. It is an exceptional piece of her pottery with a sculpted neck and base. The sculpted area is matte and they are overlapping flower petals. Around the center of the jar, it is fully polished. There are four butterflies etched into the clay and each is highlighted with different clay colors of white, blue, or green. These were slips given to Grace by her brother Joseph Lonewolf. She only used them for a short time and then when she ran out she no longer had these colors on her pottery. Grace only used the colors for a few years. Separating the butterflies are cloud and lightning designs. The jar has a polished lid that sits inside the neck. It is signed on the bottom, “Grace Medicine Flower”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks restoration, or repair. It is elegant and stunning! It is unusual to find Grace’s pottery using the additional clay colors and yet they are always stunning and creative!
Grace said of making the pieces with a stopper lid:
I thought maybe a little stopper would make it look more elegant. Just something that comes to your mind. Once you start designing it something just comes to you. You don’t put her aside. She tells you while your mind is still fresh to keep going. Even at night I’d have this dream about forming this piece of pottery. I would have dreams about it, think about it and then say, “This is the next one I’m going to do.” I would picture it. Once in a while I would draw it on a piece of paper while it was fresh in my mind. Grace Medicine Flower, Spoken Through Clay