Qoyawayma, Al – “Wish Pot” with Comet and 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 comet in the sky and depicted with multiple colors. The figure to the right is one that Al calls the “duck head Figure” which is a petroglyph that is often depicted with a comet in the Southwest. Each of the five different clay colors is stone polished. The opposite side has an intricately designed Pueblo ruin wall. In the Pueblo section, there is a keyhole doorway along with square windows. To the left, 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 “Al Qoyawayma”.