Qoyawayma, Al – “Wish Pot” with Coyote Trail Pueblo Reliefs
Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Wish Pot”. It is a distinctive form and one that was inspired by the pottery of his aunt Elizabeth White. This new jar has a “coyote trail” carved on one side. The path is polished red and the coyote head is in the center. The opposite side has an intricately designs Pueblo ruin relief. In the Pueblo section, there are keyhole doorways along with square windows. To the right there is a single window which represents a doorway where a beam has fallen down. When you step back and look at the entire outline of the Pueblo relief you can see how it is also in the shape of the doorway with the fallen beam (which is the diagonal line!). The Pueblo section is not just carved into the clay, but also slipped with various clays. Note the various depths of carving in the design! The body of the piece is fully polished tan. It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.