Setalla, Dee – Large 11″ Jar with Birds and Fluted Rim
Dee Setalla is a son of noted potter Pauline Setalla and a brother of Stetson Setalla, Gwen Setalla, and Agnes Nasonhoya. This large jar is coil built, stone polished, and painted with bee-weed (black) and various clay slips. The jar has a fluted rim that represents waves and undulates across the top. On the sides, the jar has a red step design that represents the Hopi Pueblo, along with swirling water and thunderbirds. There are additional cloud designs. The jar is tightly painted with the design encircling the shoulder of the piece. The piece has blushes from the traditional firing. The jar is signed with his initials “D. S.” and bear paw (for Bear Clan). There is also a sheet Dee wrote out with all the meanings of his designs, which is a fantastic addition. Most recently, Dee won the prestigious “Helen Naha” Award at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.