Setalla, Stetson – Open Bowl with Hopi Bird and Painted Rim
Stetson Setalla is a grandson of Paqua Naha (Frogwoman) and the son of Pauline Setalla. His brother Dee and sisters Gwen Setalla and Agnes Nahsonhoya also make pottery. Stetson began making pottery at the age of 19. This is a large open bowl which is fully designed on the inside and painted on the outside rim. This style of bowl is certainly reminiscent of Hopi-Tewa pottery from the 1970s when potters like Joy Navasie would paint the rim and inside of their large bowls. This piece has a large Sikyatki bird in the center. It is surrounded by stars. The outer edge of the bowl is painted with cloud, rain and star patterns. It is a complex painted piece 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. 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. It is signed with his name “S. Setalla” and a raincloud.