Small, Mary – Large Polychrome Seedpot with Eight Stars and Turquoise (1980s)
Mary Small (b. 1940) is known for her traditional Jemez pottery. It is not just her painting, which is distinctive, but the gray-colored clay that she uses is distinctive to her pottery. This is one of the largest pieces of her work we have had. It is very tightly painted with a flower design on the top. On the sides are eight star patterns and each star has a piece of turquoise in the center. The piece has a striking coloration from the white, gray, and the firing. It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Small”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.