Takala, Jason – Large Double Overlay Silver Seedpot with 28 “Pottery Shards”
Jason Takala has long been one of the most sought-after Hopi jewelers creating the classic double overlay. Each piece is creatively designed and then cut out of sterling silver or gold and then soldered to the second piece of silver. As long as I have known Jason, he has been fascinated with making “pottery” in silver. This is one of his larger seedpots. The seedpot itself is made up of two pieces of silver soldered together. What is exceptional about this piece are the “shards” on the top. There are 28 different sections, each is a double overlay sterling silver. Each of the sections is inspired by different Hopi-Tewa pottery designs from hummingbirds to mountain or bird wing designs. Each of them is individually cut out and then they are all soldered to the surface of the seedpot. It is a delicate process as the piece is reheated the individual “shards” can come loose and have to be soldered again! It is a piece of exceptional complexity in design and technique. It is a complex design to cut into silver! It is stamped on the back with his signature hallmark.