Teller, Stella – 10″ Long Polychrome Jar with Feather Design, Turquoise (1985), Ribbon

12" long x 9.5"w x 7"h

$ 1,400.00

Stella Teller (b. 1929) is one of the great names in contemporary Isleta Pueblo pottery. This is a spectacular large oval jar.  It was not often she would make vessels, as her storytellers were very popular.  Large jars like this piece were usually made for shows such as Santa Fe Indian Market.  This jar is coil-built and has an oval shape with a short neck and a slightly turned-out rim. The jar is fully polished white.  It is then painted with brown, blue-gray, and white clays.  It was this color combination, especially the “blue”, that made Stella famous.  The design has a cloud and rain pattern on one side and tightly painted feathers encircling the jar.  It is striking in person in terms of size, design, and color!  Around the neck there is a carved band in which she inset a band of hei-shi beads. It is signed on the bottom, “Stella Teller”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar has a Blue Ribbon from the 1985 White Horse Gallery Indian Market.  There is an additional brochure on Stella Teller, along with a “certificate of authenticity” with a description of the piece and signatures of the three judges.  GREAT PROVENANCE!