Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Wide Bowl with Bird and Rain Designs (1970s)
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 is a wide, open bowl. The inside is painted with bird over the horizon. The outer edge has a rain and feather design. The bowl was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom with her frog hallmark. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It has some fugitive black from the firing, making some of the black lighter in color.