Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Jar with Birds (1980’s)
This smaller jar by Joy “Frog Woman” Navasie is one of her classic shapes. The jar has straight sides and it is polished on the inside and the outside. The jar is slipped with the white clay and then painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black). The sides of the jar are very tightly painted in four panels. It’s nice to see a smaller piece with such precision to the lines! Two panels are birds and the other two are bird tail designs. The black painted with bee-weed (a plant) and the red is a deeper red clay she began to use in the 1980’s. It has been traditionally fired so there are some variations in the coloration from white to almost a pinkish color. The jar is signed on the bottom with her Frog Hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.