Stevens, Jacquie – White Bowl with Tall Woven Basket Rim (1999)
Jacquie Stevens was best known for simple use of forms on her pottery. Over the years she brought an unexpected dimension to Native pottery with her immense, undulating vessels. Her Winnebago ancestry inspired her to add basket weaving and other materials as embellishments to her undecorated forms. Her aesthetic of the organic challenges the symmetry of Pueblo pottery and provides a provocative glimpse into the future of Native pottery. This bowl is made from white micaceous clay. The mica adds a bit of sparkle to the surface. The interior has a “swirl” pushed into the clay. The simplicity of the bowl is enhanced by the complexity of the rim, which is a very tightly woven basket pattern. The holes in the side of the bowl are used to hold the stitching of the basketry. The basket part of this piece is unusual as it is so tall with four inches of weaving! As well, it was not often she used both two different colors for the weaving. Note as well the little piece of turquoise on the top edge of the basket. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Jacquie Stevens”. The piece is from 1999.
“The ceramics of Jacquie Stevens are to the casual observer beautiful, lyrical ware, but on a more subtle level, they are often subliminal statements about sensuous shapes, and the texture and volume of the human body—in an age when television advertising (not figurative painting or sculpture) has capitalized most powerfully on people’s love of and need for the truly human in their lives. Stevens’s work is also intellectual, playing on the ceramic traditions of potters from all over the world. Even when she is not working metaphorically, the artist’s involvement with texture, whether it be of scored clay, embellishments of beads, or the smoothness of hides, is her hallmark.” Spoken Through Clay