Setalla, Stetson – Large Tile with Mountain and Sash Designs
Stetson Setalla is a son of noted potter Pauline Setalla and the brother of Dee Setalla and Gwen Setalla. This large tile is fully polished. It has mountain designs diagonal across the piece. In the corners are the tassels on a sash (the round dots with the lines). It is a complex painted tile with additional colors of red clay to accent the design. The black is bee-weed and there are strong blushes from the firing. It is signed on the back “S. Setalla” and rain cloud. Interestingly, the first time I met Stetson was through the famous photographer Jerry Jacka, around 1998. Jerry was photographing Stetson’s pottery for his book on Hopi art and asked Stetson to stay until I arrived so I could see his pottery! Definitely a talented potter from the very beginning.