Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” -Wedding Vase with Hopi Birds (1970’s)
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 vessel and then black (bee-weed) and red clay slips are used for painting. This wedding vase is a classic of her pottery from the early 1970s. The vase has a round shoulder and elongated spouts. There is a bird painted on each side with the tail extending up one spout and a wing up the other. The same design is repeated on both sides. There is a rain cloud pattern on the top of the handle. The wedding vase was traditionally fired outside with the resulting fire-clouds which can be seen on the handle and spouts and one side of the jar. The vase is signed on the bottom with her frog hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.