Tomosie, Laura – Bowl with Feather Designs (1950’s)
Laura Chapella Tomosie (1907-1977) was a daughter of Poui and Toby White and a sister of Grace Chapella, Dalee and Bert Youvella. She began making pottery in the 1930’s but was never as famous as her sister Grace. It is said that she only spoke Hopi-Tewa and would negotiate with by raising fingers to indicate the price of an object. This is a larger piece of her pottery. It is polished on the outside and painted with bold cloud and rain designs. The black is bee-weed and the red is a clay slip. The bowl was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom, “Laura Tomosie”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.