Quotskuyva, Dextra – Mini Jar with Lizards (1982)
This is an incredibly intricate miniature by Dextra Quotskuyva. It was made in the early 1980s and has a wide shoulder and short neck. The jar has a very tightly painted lizard design on each side. I thought this always looked like a fox or some other animal, but when I was at Dextra’s house working on Spoken Through Clay, I showed her a piece with this same design. She said it was a lizard, so that’s what I continue to call it. The background design is polished red and the lizard is painted in black with little white dots. Below is a raincloud design. Separating each side are tightly painted clouds. It is an exceptional piece for its size and reflects Dextra’s detail in painting! It was traditionally fired so that there are blushes and color variations around the surface. It is signed on the bottom with bee-weed, “Detra” with an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Dextra has been the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Wheelwright called, “Painted Perfection“.