Setalla, Pauline – Jar with Flower Designs
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 more complicated jars. It has high sides so there is a lot of design. The piece has a flower pattern that is painted in six panels. They are painted with bee-weed and red clay slip. The inside of the bowl is also fully stone polished. It was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. THe bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed, “Pauline Setalla” on the bottom.