Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Large Jar with Double Shoulder and Hopi Birds (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 a classic of her pottery from the 1980s. The jar has a double shoulder on the neck and there is a cloud design. The body of the jar is painted with bee-weed (black) and a deeper red (burgundy) colored clay is one she began using in the 1980s. The jar is painted in four panels that are separated by fine lines. The panels have swirling Sikytaki inspired birds and geometric designs. The jar is signed on the bottom with her frog hallmark. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.