Pavatea, Garnet – 12.5″ Tall Red Courrugated Jar with Handles (1974)

8.5"w x 12.75"h

$ 1,500.00

Garnet Pavatea is one of the great names in Hopi-Tewa pottery.  She created traditional Hopi pottery but was most famous for her corrugated pieces.  This is a very unusual tall jar.  It has a round body, a fluted rim, handles and three bands of corrugation.  Along the neck is a band with four rows of corrugation, on the shoulder are eight rows, and around the body are nine rows. There’s a great story about how she created the triangular style of corrugation on her pottery.  She used a key-style can opener with a triangular end, which she would impress into the clay to create the design. The idea of the corrugation on the surface comes from pre-historic pottery, which was corrugated or created, leaving the coils exposed.  One explanation of why they were made this way is that they heated up faster when used for cooking.   This jar is fully polished, including the inside of the neck.  It is one of the few pieces of her pottery I’ve seen with handles!  This bowl was made from red Hopi clay, which gives it a distinctive color.  It is signed on the bottom “Garnet Pavatea,” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  There is a tag from the 1974 Museum of Northern Arizona Hopi show.