Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Large Open Bowl with Bird Designs (1960s)
This large open bowl by Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie is from the late 1960’s. The coloration of the red clay slip for her designs is typical of her work from this period and in later pieces it would be a darker red. The bowl is painted around the outside with cloud, rain and bird designs. The inside of the bowl is also painted with a classic bird pattern. The bowl has some slight spalling on one area of the side. Otherwise, it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Large open bowls are always difficult to paint on the interior and this is one of the few we have seen by Joy. The bowl is signed on the bottom with her frog hallmark. Joy 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 which is applied to the surface of the bowl and then black (bee-weed) and red clay slips are used for painting.