Qoyawayma, Al – “Ancient Feathers” Polychrome Serenity Jar with Cliff Dwelling
Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Serenity vase”. It is a distinctive form with two overlapping spouts. One spout is polished and the other is matte. This jar is entitled, “Ancient Feathers”. The jar has a carved and incised polychrome Sikyatki bird on one side. The bird has five different colors of clay used to accent the designs. There is an elegant flow of the design and the form. The opposite side has a pueblo cliff dwelling that has areas that are recessed and the entire surface is fully carved! Note the various shapes of the doors with the keyhole, square the even ones with the fallen beams! If you step back the overall shape of the two sections creates Al’s “doorway with a fallen arch” It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Al Qoyawayma”. It is a new piece from 2020.