Setalla, Stetson – Tile with Hummingbird and Stars
Stetson Setalla is a son of noted potter Pauline Setalla and the brother of Dee Setalla and Gwen Setalla. This long tile is fully polished. It has a large hummingbird (or Hummingbird moth) surrounded by stars. It is painted with bee-weed (black) and additional brown and red clay. There are strong blushes from the firing. It is signed on the back “S. Setalla” and a raincloud.
“Did you know? This design is usually called a “hummingbird” pattern. However, in reality, it is most likely the depiction of a hawk or “hummingbird” moth (Manduca quinquemaculata), which has a flexible proboscis. The figure above the large eye represents the feathery antennae of the hawk moth.”