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Shupla, Helen – Wedding Vase with 21 Melon Ribs (1970’s)

Shupla, Helen – Wedding Vase with 21 Melon Ribs (1970’s)

7"w x 8"h
$ 2,800.00
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Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon jars.  This piece combines her melon shaped vessels with the wedding vase form. The top of the piece is the wedding vase with a twisted handle and two spouts.  The body of the piece has 21 melon ribs, which are pushed out from the inside to create the undulating form.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black coloration.   The wedding vase is signed, “Helen Shupla” on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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Shupla, Helen (1928-1985)

Helen Shupla

Helen and Kenneth Shupla

Helen Shupla is one of the few potters whose name has become synonymous with a particular style of pottery; the melon bowl. The ribs on these pieces are pushed out from the inside when the clay is wet. That is why there is often a slight turn to the ribs, as they are turned when she would twist her hand against the inside of the clay. As they are based on a natural form the tend to have a very organic appearance. Her pottery is crafted in the traditional manner of harvesting local clay, hand coiling, shaping and sanding, then polishing with a stone.  Helen uses traditional methods of firing her works in a open fire.  Her work can be found in museums such as the Heard Museum and the Denver Art Museum. She was also featured on the front cover of "Talking with the Clay".
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