Setalla, Pauline – Canteen with Bird Design (1970’s)
Pauline Talasyousia (Setalla) (b. 1930) married Justin Navasie Setalla. She was raised in the village of Mishongovi and learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Agnes Navasie and her sister-in-law Eunice “Fawn” Navasie. She had ten children, including Dee Stealla, Agnes Nasonhoya, Gwen Setalla and Stetson Setalla, who are all potters. This is one of her canteens from the 1970’s. It is a classic Hopi shape with the round belly. The design is a bird pattern which is painted on the front of the piece. The black is bee-weed and the white and red are clay slips. The canteen is flat on the back but it also stands. It was traditionally fired which created the coloration of the pink and white. The canteen is in good condition with some fugitive black and a small chip on the back of the lip. It is signed, “Pauline S.” on the back.