Naranjo, Teresita – Polychrome Bowl with Cloud and Rain Designs (1940s)

6.5"w x 3.75"h

$ 975.00

This is a very unusual early polychrome bowl by Teresita Naranjo.  While she was known for her carved pottery, in the 1940s and ’50s she also created a series of polychrome painted pieces. The bowl is polished a deep red, which is clay that was used no later than the 1940s.  It is fully polished and painted with four different colors of clay to create the designs.  Not only does the bowl have the ochre-colored clay, but also blue and purple clays!  All the designs are then outlined in white clay. The bowl has a sun, rain, and lightning design.  The design is repeated seven times around the piece.  The piece was traditionally fired which created some of the color variations in the red.  It is an exceptional piece in color and design.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repairs.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo”.  Definitely a classic of her pottery art!

“Some of my pieces of pottery are polished inside as well as outside. When we do wrong, we are like my pieces of pottery that I leave rough inside. Even if we polish ourselves outside, we stay rough inside. All my pottery is fired in an open fire, which determines the color. I really do enjoy making pottery, for I know God has given me this talent and the patience to do it.”  —Teresita Naranjo, Spoken Through Clay