Pavatea, Garnet – Red Courrugated Water Jar (1970’s)
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 water jar is a classic example of her corrugated style. The jar has triangular corrugation around the shoulder and the neck. The upper neck and base are fully polished. There are eight rows of corrugation. 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 bowl was made from red Hopi clay, which gives it a distinctive color. Amazingly, it is also fully polished inside to the base! It is signed on the bottom “Garnet Pavatea” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. I tried to get a good view the signature as well, you can see the original “38.00” price on the bottom!