Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Jar with Moth, Birth and Bird Wing Designs (1980s)
Joy Navasie was known for her white slipped pottery and classic use of design elements. She learned to make pottery from her mother, Paqua, who also used the white clay and signed with a frog as a hallmark. The white kaolin clay is a slip that is applied to the surface of the bowl and then black (bee-weed) and red clay slips are used for painting. This jar is one of her classic shapes with a high shoulder and a short neck. The jar is painted with four panels of design. It is unusual that each panel is just a bit different and not painted in pairs. There are birds, bird wings, hummingbird moth, and geometric designs. The jar is signed on the bottom with her frog hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It was originally purchased directly from her by an Arizona collector.