Tahbo, Mark – Open Bowl with Raincloud (2017)
Mark Tahbo learned to make pottery from his great-grandmother, Grace Chapella. 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. This is a classic bowl from 2017. The bowl is polished on the inside and outside. The inside is slipped red. It is painted with a classic Hopi-Tewa style raincloud. The clouds are slipped with three different colors of clay and the black is bee-weed (a plant). The rim of the bowl is also painted with black bee-weed. The piece was traditionally fired so there are blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom with his hallmark pipe for Tobacco Clan, and the date of 2017. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.