Namingha, Les – “Deconstructed Pueblo Birds” Jar
This is a creative jar by Les Namingha. He learned to make pottery from his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva and is known for his innovative forms and designs. First, take a look at the last photo in the series. It is a jar Les made earlier this year with Pueblo birds. He said he was thinking about that jar and the birds and wanted to modernize the concept. Note a similar color scheme on the piece. As well, the texture on the jar is exceptional, as it feels as if it has been stone burnished (it is actually highly sanded). The top half has two deconstructed Pueblo birds using shape and form. Check out some of the layered painting and use of pointillism in the birds! Around the shoulder is a white band with a black circular pattern. Les says this “pathway” is also a means to break up linear patterns on his pottery. Definitely interesting to see how he takes classic imagery and modernizes it in his style and grows with each piece. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Les Namingha” 2019.