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Tahbo, Mark – Large Wide Shoulder Plainware Jar (2001)

Tahbo, Mark – Large Wide Shoulder Plainware Jar (2001)

10"w x 5"h
$ 2,800.00
Availability: Out of stock

Mark Tahbo is known not just for his painted pottery, but especially for the blushes on his pottery.  This jar is from 2001.  It is one of his largest plainware pieces that I remember him finishing.  The shape of this jar is exceptional, as there is a slight edge below the shoulder where he started it in the puki.  Then it extends out to the shoulder and rounds into the neck.  The piece is vertically polished to create an “onion-skin” appearance.  It was then outdoor fired to create the coloration.  Mark was masterful at firing and always wanted to achieve dramatic blushes on the surface of his pottery.  When they turned out with variations like on this jar, from white to deep orange, he was the most pleased.   Mark told me about his plainware work:

“My first plainware pieces were done years ago. I was sure that these would be well received and gallery owner Charles King took a chance with them. They were an immediate hit!  I don’t do very much plainware for it has to be flawless.  The surface has to be free of all dips or air holes and the shape has to be elegant on its own, as there is no design to distract the eye.  The colors achieved on the pots are truly amazing.  Each piece is fired outdoors using sheep dung and coals.  I love it!”

The jar is signed on the bottom “Mark Tahbo” and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic of his pottery!

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Tahbo, Mark (1958-2017)

Mark Tahbo

Mark Tahbo Mark Tahbo was a Hopi-Tewa member of the Tobacco Clan.  He had been an active potter since 1978. He learned to make pottery from his great-grandmother, GraceChapalla.  His sisters Diana and Pam were also potters.  Mark was influential in the early 1990’s in recognition of traditional firing of Hopi pottery and keeping it as a practice among Hopi-Tewa pottery. Mark had won numerous awards for his pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Indian Market, and Gallup Ceremonials.  In 1991, he won Overall Prize at Santa Fe Indian Market.  In 1992 he was awarded Best of Division at the Heard Museum Indian Fair. Awards continued to be presented to him in 1993 and 1994 and later. His pottery is featured in books such as "Talking with the Clay" and "Collecting Authentic Indian Art." He is remembered as one of the exceptional traditional innovators of Hopi pottery!  His pieces reflect the wonderful symmetry and thin walls of an excellent potter. The designs are painted using native clay slips and bee-weed (a plant) for the black. Sadly, Mark passed away in December 2017.  We were lucky to work with him at King Galleries for over 20 years.  His creativity and artistic genius will be missed.
Mark Tahbo
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