Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Small Jar with Bird 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 has a cylinder shape with high sides. The entire piece is fully polished, including the interior. The outside has four panels of design with bird and storm patterns. The jar is signed on the bottom with her frog hallmark. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.